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Re: methods for secondary museum ed.

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Illinois Arts Council (ilarts)
Wed, 24 Jan 1996 09:13:45 -0600 (CST)

Thanks for putting in perspective what an artist in residence is supposed
to be.. Bringing in an outside artist should never supercede the position
of the teacher and bringing in a "bad" artist in residence is unfortunate
but not entirely the fault of the artist! Just like any other discipline,
the students should respect the knowledge and skills of their teachers
but should also interact with a variety of perspectives on the subject
that they study.. I think often slides and visual can help to assist in
making a point when introducing a concept to your group of learners but
nothing has more of an impact than to meet the person who creates the
work and hear about how/why they made a particular work of art. Teachers
needs should be communicated to Artists who come into a school setting
just like any other outside teacher so they don't make the "mistakes"
that often are chalked up by the school as another "bad artist".

Joanne Vena

On Wed, 17 Jan 1996, Wendy Ellen Cochran wrote:

> I too was an artist in residence for 15 years before becoming a full time
> credentialled dance teacher and I have managed to create the excitement
> and red carpet treatment everyday of my career..The problem however is
> the professional jealously and horrendous political stuff I get to put up
> with by being so well accepted by the kids and their parents and of
> course we are very visiable by performing a lot...The good news too is
> now I usually always have artists-in-redsidence teaching along side me to
> help me with the 250 inner city high school kids I teach per day!!!!!!!!
> They/we (teaching artists) are jewels...if you know how to work it right
> and take full advantage of what they have to give. I also perform and
> train regularly still so the students know I "DO It" as well as teach it!
> wendyellen wcochra