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Lesson Plans

the value of student art/long post

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joym (joym)
Tue, 8 Dec 1998 09:21:07 -0500

The question of the juvenile detention center poses an interesting ethical
dilemma. On the one hand, students would perhaps realize the value of their
art via sales. On the other hand, if the money is kept by the program, what
is the message sent to the kids about how artists are treated? The biggest
problem lies in any school, program, or agency being placed in a position
of power which allows or encourages the exploitation of art/artists to
essentailly forward the interests of the school, program or agency. But, we
say, this would provide supplies for the program to continue & for many
more kids to learn the value of their art. Again, if you take away the
money, is the fact that something sold going to feel like enough to these
kids? Sadly, I would guess not because kids in juvenile detention centers
already have alot of issues about not getting what they need, & being used
or manipulated in various ways by dysfunctional family members. If the
program does good work, they should try some fund raising & focus on
letting the public know the program's value, as well as the value that
would occur if the kids could have the opportunity to sell their work.
Then, when they have some money to do a show, the kids could keep the
proceeds from their art & REALLY "connect" with art as a potential career.

art therapist/licensed clinical counselor