At Create the State, we were reminded that a healthy, economically and otherwise robust society is supported by a profile of positive traits associated with engagement in the arts, including empathy and self-efficacy as well as creativity.
Teachers imply there are definite answers and that they possess them, a kind of game in which they encourage students to guess the answer in the teacher's head. It might be better played the other way around.
Curate NYC is back for round two. A citywide juried exhibition and online showcase, the project offers free curatorial reviews, public exposure and exhibition opportunities to New York City visual artists.
Thea struggled in school and felt uninspired by classes that focused too much on academics. Then, in her junior year, she discovered a new source of confidence and calm in art. A few months later, she was killed by a drunk driver.
Creativity is discovering patterns, relationships, connections, and beauty -- seeing itself is a creative act. The potential for creativity resides everywhere, in every subject, every decision, and every relationship.
Let's face it. With the stock markets yo-yoing and Congress behaving as it is, the arts are a pretty low priority in the short haul. Relying on government funding seems to be a losing proposition and has been for some time.
We had gone to Haiti, six artists in total, to work with adolescent girls in the tent camp at Bolous. Our goal was to use the arts to inspire, build confidence, and help heal the trauma that these girls had gone through.