Art is my cure to all this madness, sadness, and loss of belonging in the world & through it, I’ll walk myself home. -Nikki Rowe
At the deepest level, the creative process and the healing process arise form a single source. When you are an artist, you are a healer; a wordless trust of the same mystery is the foundation of your work and its integrty. -Rachel Naomi Remen,MD
Art is therapy, it is freedom at best. Nothing compares to the beauty or liberty we enjoy when given the opportunity to express ourselves. Everyone benefits from art, even when personally, they believe otherwise. We ourselves are art, so how is it that the United States Education system, or any country’s education departments for that matter, rest easy by stripping away those opportunities given to our children.
According to an article in the NY Times’ titled As Schools Trim Budgets, The Arts Lose Their Place, by Susan Chira, two-thirds of public elementary schools have no art or music teachers. These arts are vital in the development of the very skills employers say they want in order to offer lucrative job opportunites and teach sensitivity to other cultures. Yet we continue to see diminished numbers of such growth and stability in the art education departments. How can this be?
Yes, we know that parents are more than capable of purchasing art supplies from any corner Dollar General store or Walmart BUT, where should children be TAUGHT or EXPOSED to the fundamentals of art and its appreciation?
Has art lost its value? Or have we lost ours?
Let us S.I.P