Artists can be torn between the desire to quit their day job and everyday pressure to withdraw from art completely.
“A lot of us in the arts wear two hats,” Ben Lopes, program director for Scarborough Arts said this week. “There’s always that pressure to pay the bills and support a family.”
The Scarborough group, along with the Neighbourhood Arts Network, is launching a new speaker series, Making a Living, Making Art, this Friday afternoon.
Maintaining a good balance between producing art and taking care of more mundane needs comes up a lot in conversations with artists, added Lopes, a visual and conceptual artist who said he sees many go to one extreme or the other.
The Nov. 30 event dealing with this topic, from 1 to 4 p.m. in the Doris McCarthy Gallery at University of Toronto Scarborough, is free and participants do not have to be members of either group.
Featured speakers are Archie Alleyne, a musician who performed with Billie Holliday and was “among the first black musicians to find regular employment on a Toronto nightclub stage,” Kevin Orsmby, dance animateur at the Living Arts Centre and a choreographer and consultant, and Judith Manger, a cellist and founder of a tuition-free music program for Toronto Community Housing children and youth.
The next event in the series is on Jan. 24.
More information is available from Scarborough Arts at 416-698-7322 or www.scarborougharts.com