The Death of the Artist ft. William Deresiewicz and Zainub Verjee

The Death of the Artist ft. William Deresiewicz and Zainub Verjee

By Stephen G Hurley

Host Stephen Hurley scans the education ecosystem, looking for the people and ideas that are starting to change the way we think about teaching, learning, schools and communities

We are being told by Silicon Valley that “there’s never been a better time to be an artist”, but the fact is that many artists are struggling to make ends meet on our current tech-driven landscape. So, what gives? This is one of the questions that WIlliam Deresiewicz takes up in his book, “The Death of the Artist: How Creators Are Struggling to Survive in the Age of Billionaires and Big Tech”. It’s one of the questions that we take up today with the author, himself and Canadian artist, Zainub Verjee.

William Deresiewicz is an educator, an author, essayist, and literary critic. His latest book The Death of the Artist—How Creators are Struggling to Survive in the age of billionaires and big tech in not only a wake up call for those involved in the arts, but for the rest of us—individuals and communities who are richer and more connected because of the artists among us.

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Zainub Verjee is a trail blazer for her generation. She is an accomplished artist, writer, critic, cultural bureaucrat, and a public intellectual.

A passionate and persuasive champion of art and it’s central role in society, she has produced ground-breaking body of work that has earned Zainub Verjee is the 2020 Governor General’s Visual and Media Arts Award for Outstanding Contribution!

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Stephen Hurley

Chief Catalyst voicEd Radio Canada

Stephen Hurley has spent nearly 40 years as an educator. He has experience as a classroom teacher, a curriculum consultant, a teacher educator and a policy observer. As the founder and chief catalyst at voicEd Radio, Hurley is passionate about nurturing stronger relationships between education research, practice and policy.