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Haitian artists showcase work at Art Basel

on Friday,December 03,2010 15:12

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Art is not only a creative outlet for many people, but an emotional one as well. This week, the Art Basel show began in Miami, Florida, attracting collectors and artists from around the country. However, not all of the artists who have their work showcased are trying to make a few extra dollars - some are attempting to earn enough money to rebuild their lives.

Several artists from the earthquake-ravaged country of Haiti are having their pieces featured at Art Basel to make money that can be brought home to loved ones. Many Haitian artists chose to use the opportunity to express their experiences through their work, according to the Miami Herald. Their hope is to emphasize the need for more help in the recovering country.

"Art is an act of survival,'' executive director of the Museum of Contemporary Art in North Miami, Bonnie Clearwater, told the news source. "All the Haiti art that will be here during Art Basel keeps the story from being in the abstract, it tells what this all means in human terms.''

Artist jobs are predicted to increase by 12 percent over the next eight years, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

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