Do you know what a Teaching Artist is? Can anyone who does art, in any discipline (Theater, Music, Fine Arts, Dance), teach? Should they? How, in this economy, can an independent TA make a living? So many questions, and such a changing landscape that is in front of us right now, and what can potentially be seen down the road.
Unless you have been hiding under a rock, or you ARE that rock, the Arts are being attacked, educationally and otherwise. Why should you support the arts? Do you enjoy TV, any type of music, reading, Dance, Theater, fine art of any kind? Well…where does that come from, a cereal box? Besides entertainment, the Arts can instill many life lessons, reach difficult learners, create ideas, and so much more.
Albert Einstein-you know who he is, yes?-has been quoted saying that if he had not been a Scientist, he would have liked to be a Musician. Of the many quotes that resonate with me, this is one of his:
Imagination is more important than knowledge.
It’s not the complete quote, but…
- how do you interpret that section?
- How can you fit that statement into whatever you do in life?
- Where do ideas come from, if not the imagination?
The Arts are full of imagination, personal interpretation, and can inspire you to do more.
I was inspired today to think way outside of my creative artistic box. To survive, I see that I need to alter my state of being in my theater discipline, and allow new ideas, to be really imaginative in how I conduct my “business”, is one of the most important lessons for this new economic chaos.
I’ll share more of these ideas in a later blog post. I created something on the spot I’m very excited about, and I need to let it percolate and grow until it’s a truly substantial idea.
What can imagination and the arts do for you?
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