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.
Dr. Jill Biden and the First Lady are spreading the message that all sectors of society can "Join Forces" in honoring and supporting America's service men and women. I reflected on what role artists and educators can personally play in this effort.
Earlier this year, President Obama visited Facebook headquarters to talk about STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math), a policy initiative that supports a long-term investment strategy. What STEM lacks is a big C for creativity.
I would like to apologize for becoming a professional musician almost 30 years ago when I joined the musicians' union. Little did I know that Wisconsinites would finally see the light about having to fork over fourteen cents per resident to support the arts.