THE CASE FOR ART & MUSIC PROGRAMS IN PUBLIC SCHOOLS

THE CASE FOR ART & MUSIC PROGRAMS IN PUBLIC SCHOOLS

In honor of National Arts in Education Week 2016, we are sharing an essay that Winsor Kinkade wrote for one of her college classes about the importance of arts education in public schools.

For those familiar with art and music classes, you can agree that amidst the grumbling and difficulty of learning the trade, there is a huge sense of gratification and enjoyment throughout the process. The pride felt after learning the harmony of a song or after completing a piece of art that you have worked so hard on is a feeling we hold in our hearts forever...

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THE KITSCH CONTROVERSY

THE KITSCH CONTROVERSY

“I think what Keane has done is terrific! If it were bad, so many people wouldn't like it." 
- Andy Warhol
 

When the proposal came through my inbox to lend a few Thomas Kinkade pieces to Utah State University for an exhibit exploring kitsch, I didn’t know whether to chuckle or to be offended. The term kitsch, deriving from the German word verkitschen meaning "to make cheap," is usually used to describe objects or art that are considered to be in poor taste.  Thomas Kinkade has often been referred to as the “King of Kitsch,” which seemed, to me, like a negative label for him as an artist.

In reading the proposal further, I realized the show was exploring the word kitsch quite differently than I had expected. The proposal stated that the exhibit would be approaching kitsch academically by asking questions such as the following: What connections can be made between art and kitsch? How is kitsch different depending on one’s age and cultural background? How are these objects a reflection of us as a culture at large? ...

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REDUCE, REUSE, RECYCLE...CREATE!

REDUCE, REUSE, RECYCLE...CREATE!

Happy Earth Day 2016!

Today on our blog, we celebrate with a post about an organization that encourages the creative reuse of materials when making and teaching art. 

It’s easy to feel overwhelmed when you step inside the nation’s oldest creative reuse store. SCRAP is located in San Francisco, CA, and is also known as the Scrounger’s Center for Reusable Arts Parts. When we visited this week, a fellow shopper noticed our amazed gaze and gave us a quick tour of his favorite place. He finished his spiel with a resounding, “Welcome to Paradise!”

Fabrics, miscellaneous buttons, sewing patterns, figurines, jewelry, pen caps, scraps of paper, used art supplies, and old books pepper the walls from floor to ceiling of the giant warehouse space. It is filled with the clutter from houses and businesses that get thrown away, recycled or donated.

This place exists for people who find beauty in everyone else’s unwanted junk...

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