I think that the recesson is a good lesson on how to have the nerve to survive as an
artist. The USA Artists website mentions that 96% of the public tolerates artists.
26% values artists.
This my editing of the information on the site. Close enough.
The recession is just a reminder that artists have to hustle for their success, everyday. Real artists will survive the recession of 2009, just fine.
The lesson is to have an art life no matter what happens.