as long as we’re on the subject

Man, that CCA arts ed seminar I’m teaching has gotten me all kinds of huffy about the state of arts education. We had such a lively, deep conversation about this Boston Globe article by Lois Hetland and Ellen Winner last night: there are some nice, concise quotes in it regarding just how vital the arts are to being a well-rounded humanoid.

I also just received the invitation below: for those of you in the LA area, this is prolly a must.


I would like to extend a special invitation out to you and your students/associates to attend a free lecture at Barnsdall Gallery Theatre titled, “Why the Arts Matter” on Wednesday, February 13, 2008 at 7:30PM.

Dana Gioia, Chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts, visits Zócalo to discuss the impoverishment of American popular culture and “the need to reopen the conversation between our best minds and the broader public.”

He argues that the real purpose of arts education isn’t to produce more artists but to “create complete human beings capable of leading successful and productive lives in a free society.” Something happens, he says, when an individual actively engages in the arts, be it reading a novel at home, attending a concert at a local church, or seeing a dance company perform at a college campus that awakens both a heightened sense of identity and civic awareness. He warns that America’s cultural decline has “huge and alarming economic consequences.”

To reserve a free seat at Central Library, visit:
The event, recorded for broadcast on 89.3 FM KPCC, will be followed by a free food and wine reception with the speaker.

Please feel free to pass this information on to others by posting on your website, newsletters, and email forwards.
I hope you will join us!

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