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RE: To the ArtEdNet friends I met in Denver..


Date: Thu Apr 22 2004 - 05:10:30 PDT

I promise I will tell you who made the quilt...her name is buried in my
pile of great stuff I brought back. I will look it up tonight for you
and let you know. It was on Saturday night, I think at 8:00 pm. It was
an advocacy presentation, and I think it was called "telling our
stories". I'll leave this post on my desktop as a reminder to look up
her name for you. She was fantastic. Even though I teach in a
situation where I feel sort of like an island in this sea of budget
woes, program cuts, and so on, I am deeply saddened by all of it. I
also am not crazy enough to think that it could not happen to me one
day. It's all about our students and the future. We have to find new
ways of telling our life changing and validating stories to the world to
try to make people see just WHAT our students are losing if the arts are
axed and compromised in our schools.
She presented a big list of reasons why art is an important subject and
what it does for our kids. Then she read the stories. Guess what
helped you to really see the big picture...the stories. The personal
and individualized stories must be made public. Write articles about
yours... to your local paper, to curriculum magazines, and other than
the art mags, 'cause we all GET IT! We have to reach the people who can
help us make a difference. Start writing, everyone!!!! Tell your
stories about art and how it heals, reaches children who could not
otherwise be reached, gives self esteem to those who might not find it
in other ways, builds bridges, creates friendships, WHATEVER!!! I will
let you know how you can purchase her book as soon as I hear from her.
It was her dissertation. Go in peace and do your noble jobs today,
friends. We are all valuable to so many children.

Linda Woods

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.