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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 child, 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 The Center for Arts Education.**

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.

Or, as Rudy Crew, once said: “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.”


  1. I’m so excited about this new blog.
    In my opinion this is the missing piece for ArtsJournal. I look forward to following it.
    Thank you.
    Art on.

  2. Thanks, Richard, for digging through all the Platforms and positions to help us understand what really is happening! Appreciate your great work.

  3. Susan Stedman says

    Thank you, Richard, for monitoring and speaking out about various art education issues that we need to be alert about. And, we are especially enthusiastic about Jon Deak’s remarkable, inspiring accounts.

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