Carolyn Weltman Art Blog
This image is by artist Miriam West who sells her original artwork in Union Square Park in New York City. This is Miriam's livlihoood and for ten years, it was my livelihood too. I became an artist by selling my work on the street in Soho and then for the last three years until last summer in Union Square. I not only survived monetarily, I also made important contacts with galleries, publications and clients who now support me from all over the world.
Now the parks department, backed by Mayor Bloomberg want to sterilize our parks and limit the number of artists selling in the parks.
I encourage all of the artists on ArtId to visit this page and read about what is currently going on in New York City to banish hundreds of working artists (now called expressive matter vendors by the parks department) from our public parks and learn about the motives behind this attack.
I encourage you all to sign up and lend your support to keep art alive and well in our parks instead of replacing it with hot dog stands. After all, isn't this what makes New York, New York?
The city will vote on this on April 23rd. It is a violation of our first amendment rights and if the city gets away with this, you might find your rights are being violated next.