where I live, artists are often only viewed as valuable if they have monetary success or if they become famous. but that isn’t the real value of being an artist. 1000 years from now, the thing they will dig up is bones . . . and art. that art will tell you what the people thought, and who they were. artist herald the coming of an age. and they speak about what it was long after they’re gone. to me . . . that’s very meaning of valuable.