While doing some research I learned about UNESCO, The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, which “is a specialised agency of the United Nations (UN) aimed at promoting world peace and security through international cooperation in education, arts, sciences and culture.”
It all sounds real nice. I about UNESCO from an article written by Charles A. Thomson titled “Creative Freedom and the World Crisis.” Here’s a quote I liked
An international order which will satisfy our hopes of peace is posited not only on political and economic cooperation, but also upon steps toward a greater cultural unity of mankind which may underlie the infinite variety of free individual expressions.Thomson, Charles A. “Creative Freedom and the World Crisis.” Music Educators Journal, vol. 28, no. 6, 1942, pp. 11–13. JSTOR, https://doi.org/10.2307/3385929.
If you notice in the citation, the journal was from 1942! They are still a thing today. I had to look them up. They even have a Facebook page.
What I’m learning to appreciate is that it’s ok to demand creative freedom. It’s so ok that there are laws put in place to protect our creative freedom. I took this from Wiki. Check it out below.
1980 UNESCO Recommendation Concerning the Status of the Artist
Artistic freedom first appeared as a distinct right in UNESCO’s 1980 Recommendation concerning the Status of the Artist underlining “the essential role of art in the life and development of the individual and of society’ and the duty of States to protect and defend artistic freedom.” Although not a binding instrument, the Recommendation is an important reference in defining artists’ rights across the spectrum worldwide. The 1980 Recommendation serves as a reference for policy development and as a basis for new formulations of cultural policies.
“Member States, recognizing the essential role of art in the life and development of the individual and of society, accordingly have a duty to protect, defend and assist artists and their freedom of creation. For this purpose, they should take all necessary steps to stimulate artistic creativity and the flowering of talent, in particular by adopting measures to secure greater freedom for artists, without which they cannot fulfill their mission, and to improve their status by acknowledging their right to enjoy the fruits of their work.”
and also this one
2005 UNESCO Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions
The 2005 Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions acknowledges that “the diversity of cultural expressions can only be promoted if human rights and fundamental freedoms are guaranteed.
So when we are encouraged as writers to protect our writing time, I will remember that my writing time is so valuable there are governmental laws and organization put in place that literally protect my writing time. SO if you’re looking for more permission to prioritize your writing time, here it is.
Thomson, Charles A. “Creative Freedom and the World Crisis.” Music Educators Journal, vol. 28, no. 6, 1942, pp. 11–13. JSTOR, https://doi.org/10.2307/3385929. Accessed 27 May 2022.
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