is a blog dedicated to the belief that the arts are part of our genetic code. The belief that the arts are in the DNA of every person, and that our job as teachers, parents, mentors, advocates, and administrators is to provide quality, sustained arts learning pathways for every child to develop fully as a human being.
What I write in this blog is solely my own perspective as an individual. I do not blog as a function of my position at Mannes College The New School for Music.
While an education through, in, and about the arts may lead to someone becoming a professional artist, arts administrator, or potential patron/consumer, this blog is centered in the belief that the arts help prepare our children and us to be full participants in a democracy.
I have always liked what Rudy Crew, once said about the power of the arts, in this instance, the arts in education: “to create an environment in which they find themselves as being artists in a bigger world. Where their own personality, their own capacity, their own learning ability is like a brush, and they can paint a new democracy if they really apply themselves to it.”