Read this: Obama’s call to the arts
Clearly this could not have come at a better time. Especially in Florida, where year after year, our congress finds a new and exciting way of shaving off hundreds of thousands of dollars from the education spending.
But what exactly does an Artist Corps do? How can we more publicly champion the importance of art education? To be honest, my understanding of history comes from my understanding of art history as I was taught at Douglas Anderson. (Which, by the way, is amazing. Ms. Lynch is an art history goddess.) History doesn’t make sense to me unless I can think of the art produced in that time. And the same can be said for the present–it is essential to examine the things we create to better understand the world we live(d) in. Our art reveals our motives. Our motives reveal our demons and our dreams.
How do you think Jacksonville, or Florida, or the South, or the country will respond to this initiative? A million plus one connections have been made comparing Obama to Lincoln, but try another: Lincoln could emancipate the slaves, but it didn’t end racism immediately. Please pardon the loaded metaphor. Do you think it’ll take decades until the American public can appreciate Matthew Barney? Laurie Anderson? Robert Smithson? What happened to our cultural literacy? Did the art world lose touch with the real world? When did that happen?
I’m curious as to what details Obama’s plan entails. Will there be lessons in color theory?–because I see people even in one of the top art universities in the nation who have never heard of optical black. Will we have everyone learning pencil-sighting techniques or doing blind contour? What is there to gain from arts education that previous administrations and current legislations have ignored?
Post by Kelly Pope.