Posted at 2:09 PM on December 2, 2008
by Gillian Martin
The wonderful arts news site artsjournal.com hosts an on-line debate this week about arts education.
They've invited 16 bloggers to participate: working artists (including violinist Midori), arts administrators, critics, arts funders, and school administrators.
It started yesterday and continues through Friday. Find it here.
Not only our culture will suffer, but our minds and very humanity. We are who we are not by learning science and math, but by exploring our human gifts. The gifts of emotion, wonderment, self questioning. I grew up surrounded with books and music since my father (a pianist) loved and played classical (and other music). Both of my parents read for entertainment. It was natural for me to look for enjoyment in these areas. In grade school we always has a music/singing session at least once a week. My first live symphony experience was in the 3rd grade -- a school opportunity -- bused to the concert hall to listen to the Minneapolis Symphony Orchestra. I've never forgotten it. Without the arts -- music, art, literature -- what is there to uplift the spirit?