We are constantly invited to be what we are.”
EXCELLENCE is the result of:
CARING more than others think wise,
RISKING more than others think safe,
DREAMING more than others think practical,
EXPECTING more than others find possible.
A friend’s son was in the first grade of school, and his teacher asked the class, “What is the color of apples?” Most of the children answered red. A few said green. Kevin, my friend’s son, raised his hand and said white. The teacher tried to explain that apples could be red, green, or sometimes golden, but never white. Kevin was quite insistent and finally said, “Look inside.”
Whether through an art, music, dance or theatre class, a storyteller or musician in the media center, a theatre performance in the cafeteria or a large performance hall, a potter or a poet in the classroom, the arts in educational settings give us new and creative ways of thinking about the world and about our relationships to one another. The arts help us…..look inside.
From “Insight Meditation”, by Joe Goldstein
“It can happen anywhere, anytime. You do not have to be in some setting hallowed by greatness, or in the presence of an artist honored around the world. Art can work its magic any time you are in the presence of a work created by someone who has gone inside the act of the creation to become what they are creating. When this takes place time stands still and if our hearts are open to the experience, our spirits soar and our imaginations fly unfettered.
You need these moments if you are ever to have a life that is more than the sum of the daily moments of humdrum affairs.
If you can create these moments-if you are a painter or a poet or a musician or an actor-you carry within you a prize of great worth. If you cannot create them, you must learn to love one of the arts in a way that allows the power of another’s creation to come alive within you.”
From “Letters to My Son”, by Kent Nerburn
“More than anything else, that’s what good art does: not answer questions or set agendas, but create space – space to laugh, to mourn, and to wonder who and how and why we are.”
From “In Wheat & Weeds and the Wolf of Gubbio”, by Graziano Marcheschi
“A community whose life is not irrigated by art and science, by religion and philosophy, day upon day, is a community that exists half alive.”
I know a teacher who edits the school’s creative arts magazine. She teaches her students that a story or poem needs to have what she calls “moment,” making the reader pause and reflect on the world. An arts education is all about developing the capacity for “moment” – a seismic jolt that shakes up our consciousness, our old encrusted ways of seeing and doing things.
Ramon Cortines in “Gaining the Arts Advantage”.
“…art establishes the basic human truths which must serve as the touchstone of our judgment.”
President John F. Kennedy
“Our schools must be concerned about developing the intellectual and spiritual strengths and judgments that knit together the very fabric of our society; and that foster a common culture, especially in a country that prides itself on pluralism and individual freedom.”
“We know, of course, that arts education is not the magic pill that will simultaneously reform schools and boost student achievement. Systemic reform in the 1990s has taught us that improving education will mean paying attention to all parts of the educational system. But the arts are a basic part of any program of education and crucial to any program of reform.”
“I found that I could say things with color and shapes that I had no words for.”