Is Your City Killing Your Creativity?

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Expensive cities are killing our creativity, argues Sarah Kendzior in an article for Al Jazeera.

Not only is it very difficult for artists to make a basic living in artistic hubs such as New York, but some are pretty much being farmed out to teach creativity to the children of the wealthy, whatever they deem “creativity” to be.

The New York Times recently profiled Sitters Studio, a company that sends artists and musicians into the homes of New York’s wealthiest families to babysit their children. “The artist-as-babysitter can be seen as a form of patronage,” suggests the Times, “in which lawyers, doctors and financiers become latter-day Medicis.”


Ashley Perez lives, writes, and causes trouble in Los Angeles. She has a strong affinity for tattoos, otters, cat mystery books, and actual cats, but has mixed feelings about pants. She holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Antioch University Los Angeles. She runs the literary site Arts Collide and does work of all varieties for Women Who Submit, Entropy, Jaded Ibis Press, and Why There Are Words. You can find her on Twitter at @ArtsCollide. More from this author →