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Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up. ~Pablo Picasso

Thoughts for the Teaching Artist is devoted to an ongoing exploration of the role of the arts in education. I believe that the arts are an integral, essential part of every person's education. Arts education develops 21st Century Learning Skills, supports all core subjects, creates empathy & builds bridges, and helps develop voice & vision.

The views expressed in Thoughts for the Teaching Artist are mine alone and do not represent the views of my employer or any other persons or organization.

Friday, April 29, 2011

Daily Thoughts


Happiness is not something ready made. It comes from your own actions. ~Dalai Lama



Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Daily Thoughts

Attempt the impossible in order to improve your work. ~Bette Davis

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Daily Thoughts

Music expresses that which cannot be said and on which it is impossible to be silent. ~Victor Hugo



Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Daily Thoughts

The Promised Land always lies on the other side of a Wilderness. ~Henry Ellis


Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Daily Thoughts

If you make it a habit not to blame others, you will feel the growth of the ability to love in your soul, and you will see the growth of goodness in your life. ~ Leo Tolstoy


Monday, April 18, 2011

Daily Thoughts

Once you fully apprehend the vacuity of a life without struggle, you are equipped with the basic means of salvation. ~Tennessee Williams






Friday, April 15, 2011

Daily Thoughts

All the art of living lies in a fine mingling of letting go and holding on.~ Henry Ellis

Thursday, April 14, 2011

A Journey Worth the Taking

On her blog Purple Sage Post, Amy Luskey Barth, a noted theatre educator, has written a wonderful and evocative post about the strange and layered journey of the final days before opening a musical:

"The show comes together in pieces. Ragged and fragile. Both. Everyone with their share of the responsibility. Actors remember to pre-set your props, take the tags off your costumes. We need a different leotard for the dove. What is that shadow on the Father's robe? It has too big a hem in it. Noah's beard is overwhelming him. Father's mustache is too shiny. Where do we stash the mini flashlights? Someone comes up with an idea to attach a big safety pin to each costume. Brilliant. Problem solved."

Those who teach only from a text book likely have little notion of the multitude of odd details that the Teaching Artist must weave together.  As we lead our students on their journey, our work and the students' work is often entertwined as we labor together to create something beautful. The learning happens in the midst of this work as mistakes are made, problems solved and dreams finally realized.

Read all of Amy's post here: Purple Sage Post

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Daily Thoughts

Life isn't about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself. ~George Bernard Shaw

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Daily Thoughts

Always give them the old fire, even when you feel like a squashed cake of ice. ~Ethel Merman


Friday, April 1, 2011

Daily Thoughts

I do not want to go until I have faithfully made the most of my talent and cultivated the seed that was placed in me. ~Kathe Kollwitz