Thursday, July 26, 2007

Excerpts from the chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts

Here's what Dana Gioia has to say, excerpted from his commencement speech, as Chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts, at Stanford University:

"We need to create a new national consensus. The purpose of arts education is not to produce more artists, though that is a byproduct. The real purpose of arts education is to create complete human beings capable of leading successful and productive lives in a free society. "

"Art is an irreplaceable way of understanding and expressing the world—equal to but distinct from scientific and conceptual methods. Art addresses us in the fullness of our being—simultaneously speaking to our intellect, emotions, intuition, imagination, memory, and physical senses. There are some truths about life that can be expressed only as stories, or songs, or images. "

Makes me feel good about teaching art to kids...and sad that there's not more art instruction in schools.

Read the whole speech here.


  1. Jane this is a bit of a coincidence as i was re reading Cloth Paper scissors issue 10 and reading the interview with you and just clicked on your comment to Hashi to see who you were. And there it was you. Sorry that is a bit garbled. Any way i will be back to see what you are doing. loved my one trip to San Diego in 2001.

  2. Thanks for sharing this link. I want to do a blog post about it, with a link to you as well. Ditto the sentiments. San Antonio is woefully short of arts programs that reach the kids who need it. S


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