>>Anne Marie asked: >As a follow up I wanted to introduce students to aesthetic concepts in >other cultures. What qualities/characteristics do other cultures >regard as aesthetic, and how do these differ from traditional western >meanings and values? This all comes back to my basic idea regarding >how we see art as determined by what we value as art and what art >means to us personally and as a culture. Response? Thanks. >****
Christine answered: >Guess what I found out about the Navajo "concept of art"? >ART IS EVERTHING >You are art, what you do is art, and you better think good thoughts >while you do it!
Ditto for Balinese art, in fact they didn't have a formal word for 'art'
until this century. Art is life, art is religion, art is a way of
thanking 'higher beings'. Everyone is involved in art in one way or
another, from the rice farmer to the international touring ensembles.