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Re: The Value of Art

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Linda Kelty (lckelty)
Mon, 19 Jul 1999 13:13:08 -0400

Joy, I agree, that which we love most about art is immeasurable. I also
believe that it has inherent value to the development of the whole child in
the development of their ability to think and communicate. I think art is
essential and want to see it fostered in all school systems. That may mean
measurement as a funding strategy. Research to support the value of art
should not reduce it, but strengthen the argument to foster art for all of
us. Linda
-----Original Message-----
From: joym <joym>
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Date: Monday, July 19, 1999 8:44 AM
Subject: The Value of Art

>There appears to already be a wealth of information, but consolidation &
>exposure to the public may be the biggest difficulty. As an Art Therapist,
>I've frankly been frustrated by the research & some methodolgies that
>appear to seek to turn the whole process into numbers. Statistical evidence
>is fine, & certainy I understand the benefit of "hard evidence" (especially
>for those who are primarily left brained), BUT I do NOT believe what we
>love most about art CAN BE translated in this way! Read Ellen Dissanayake
>for fascinating write-ups on how we are inherently artistic creatures. The
>fact that art endures over the centuries should tell us something about its
>value to humans. On a whole though, our values are focused toward other
>pursuits (verbal skills, money orientation etc.)
>Joy Moody, Art Therapist/Basketmaker