Enjoyed meeting you too, Deborah. Several people told me how AWESOME
the Colorado state art conference is, and told me that it was REALLY
worth coming to. Hmmmm...I could definitely stand to go back. I was in
withdrawal from trying to remember if I was in the Plaza Bldg. or Tower
Bldg. when I got back, haha. Couldn't believe I didn't have to run back
and forth like a chicken with my head chopped off the next day at
school. I'm still recovering from the fatigue of packing it all in. I
loved meeting everyone from the group at the Breakfast. I went to an
advocacy meeting that was SOOOO wonderful. more on that later after I
get caught up a bit. I wish more people had been there. It was a woman
who did her disertation by interviewing and writing up the stories of
how art transforms lives. She got stories from parents, students,
teachers, friends, etc. They are published in a book that she read a
portion of. It moved me to tears, the stories were so fantastic and
powerful. She made the point that telling or publishing our own stories
of the healing power of art and the differences that art has made in the
lives of so many of our students is much more powerful and convincing
than a list of reasons why art is important as a subject and in the
lives of our students. As she was reading, a flood of my own memories
and events in the lives of my students came flooding back into my mind.
We all have our stories, and it is those stories tht we have to get out
to the world. She went on to make a GORGEOUS quilt that had symbols
from the stories as well as quotes from her students or their parents.
It was so moving and so powerful. She was nearly teary as she was
telling us about what all lead up to her decision to do her dissertation
on this subject. One day she was receiving "teacher of the Year" award
ffrom the state of massachusetts and she had a pink slip in the other
hand. Unbelievable. She made me want to start writing, and she is
still collecting stories. I can't wait to get her book. More later.
I'll see if she will let me show a photo or two of the quilt. You
wouldnl't believe how beautiful it was. Wish you had all been there.
Visit our student's web art gallery at St.John's School
click on "Stories of SJS," click on "Arts Stories," click on Linda
Woods' name. View artwork by Lower, and Middle School students as well
as our art archives.