Episode 015: Art isn’t frivolous. Art is important! with Martha Knox
In this episode Douglas talks to artist and Humanist Martha Knox about her woodcut print art, her performance art called “Submit”, the state of the art community during the pandemic, and why selling her art is not her goal. Martha, who had been very active in various freethought organizations including helping found the Secular Student Alliance 20 years ago, explains why disillusionment made her step back. But she still considers herself a secular Humanist.
01:00 The artist and her art
11:21 Submit and why selling art is not her goal
26:00 Freethought groups and disillusionment
Donate to The Toledo Arts Commission’s Emergency Grants for Artists
Martha is the second person I’ve interviewed who was there at the very beginning of the Secular Student Alliance 20 years ago. Although I do miss her energy and passion for organized Humanism, I do understand that the movement has some serious issues internally that need to be addressed.
I liked her idea that local groups should program for the people who show up and not work so hard to attract people who are not like those in the group currently. I know our group, SHoWLE struggles with that issue of being too old and too white but I won’t give up trying to draw different voices into our group. Hopefully I just won’t lose sleep over it.
I put up a link to a Toledo arts group that is seeking donations to help local artists impacted by the pandemic. Please do like Martha says and help if you can. Oh and buy some of Martha’s art too.
Written, produced, and edited by Douglas Berger and he is entirely responsible for the content.
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