My story: My 23 year old son Grant died 6 months ago of cancer. He had had
a heart transplant at age 3, a kidney transplant at age 19, then was
diagnosed with Burkitt's Lymphoma. While he was undergoing chemo, I told
him I'd give up my art teaching business and take care of him. He said,
"No, mom, don't do it."
It's a good thing I didn't, because having my students and doing my own
artwork were (and are) the best therapy for me!
----- Original Message -----
From: "Diane C. Gregory" <email@example.com>
To: "TeacherArtExchange Discussion Group"
Sent: Saturday, July 09, 2005 12:32 AM
Subject: [teacherartexchange] The importance of an education in art
> Hi All,
> Let us start a new thread. When difficult times come upon us, we must
> faith in the transformative power of an education in art. These are our
> beliefs and we owe it to ourselves and our profession to continue.
> I propose that we each tell our own stories to each other about the value
> of art
> in our own respective lives. Do not worry whether or not it is a real
> or "spoof." Let your story be told.
> When I was a child, my mom asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up. I
> I want to an artist. Mom laughed, but I was serious. She asked me, Why
> do you
> want to be an artist? "Because my hands itch."
> Back at age seven I remember that yearning to express myself, to find
> and purpose. It is still that way for me and now I want others to have
> same opportunity that art can provide. This is why I am an art educator.
> being an art educator, I can help myself and others find meaning and
> As an educator of art teachers, I hope to educate those who will teach
> that through art our civilization can find peace, love, hope and live in
> harmony for the greater good.
> What is your story?
> Dr. Diane C. Gregory
> Director, Undergraduate & Graduate
> Studies in Art Education
> Texas Woman's University
> Denton, TX 76204
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