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May 23, 2013

International Arts Education Week

Posted by: Dave Ryman

Kit White, author of 101 Things to Learn in Art School discusses the importance of the arts for our International Arts Education Week post.

Recently, on an invitation to lecture at a college in Wyoming, I was reminded of how essential art is to every community. The audience to which I was speaking was composed of college students, high school students, faculty, local artists and members of the community. After a ninety-minute lecture, the audience continued to ask questions for forty-five minutes, followed by another twenty minutes of casual conversation. There were things they wanted to know; about process, about the development of visual language, and especially, about how art describes the world. And there was an urgency to their questions and their responses that was startling and energizing. The vitality that accompanies the urge to make and the need to describe, visually, is ubiquitous and speaks of a deep desire and need to see our ideas embodied in form. It reminded me of the fact that art is not for the marketplace; it is for our individual and collective voice. It is the thing that reminds us of who we are.

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