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Re: Visual Art, a True Discipline

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Michael Anthony Moore (mikem)
Tue, 23 Jan 1996 09:47:20 -0500 (EST)

May I suggest the word "aesthetic education" as the label to describe
your approach to the arts -- with its WINGS appellation that you describe?
I run a program, "Arts Unlimited" at Bowling Green State University in
Ohio that is affiliated with an international Assocication of Institutes
for Aesthetic Education, some 18 institutes across the U.S. and Australia.
The idea for this Assn. arose 20 years ago at Lincoln Center in NY with
Mark Schubart and Maxine Greene, who combined the philosophy of John
Dewey with live performances and original works of art to develop a
program for classroom teachers and arts specialists. Of course
"aesthetics" in such context means "perception" -- which gets at what you
seek to promote in WINGS. How does one perceive and respond (i.e.
reflect upon as well as emotionally respond) to the experiencing of a
work of music, art, dance, theatre, or visual art?

It does help to tie this to some developmental psycholology, particularly
Howard Gardner (who incidentally, has been involved with us since 1991 in
evaluating the program). But this is not onerous since Gardener's
research is provocative (and he writes so well!).

All the members of the Association -- despite our differences due to
history, locale, environment, etc. share this idea passionately, and we
also share three corollaries: (1) teacher training in the summer; (2)
teaching artists in the schools to continue the work with the teachers
(and now their students); (3) attendance at performances (NOT video!!) of
the works that are studied. Because of the multiplier effect, you can do
this program for about US$20 per pupil.

Michael Moore, Director
Arts Unlimited
Continuing Education, BGSU
Bowling Green, OH 43403