Still reading about art & education

” How do we inform the public that art is not a luxury, not a mere entertainment, that artists are not the spoiled children of an indulgent culture? Perhaps most important, how do we sow down our responses so that our opinions are aligned to judgments that are informed by what we know? How do we convince the public that neither complexity nor difficulty in art – in thinking about and responding to art – is a formula for estrangement but an invitation to imagine solutions to seemingly intractable problems and predicaments in contemporary life? To teach persons to make art is to teach them to resist the commodification of their wills and desires, to use flexibility and ingenuity in the face of adversarial forces, to build capacity for the attention and response to that which is not like them or belongs to them.”

Ann Lauterbach – The Thing Seen – Reimagining Arts Education for Now

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