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[ Thread ][ Subject ][ Author ][ Date ]Linda Kelty
Thu, 22 Jul 1999 19:04:20 -0400
Henry Taylor sent me a website address. It's at the end of this missive for
you to follow up on. It turns out that it's the one he put together and
it's pretty impressive.
For those of you who are interested in the group research project, he has
designed one page devoted to it. The names of the volunteers are listed as
well as encouraging anyone interested to join the Getty list. Pretty
Now we need to start deciding who wants to do what within different strands
or approaches. Several people need to commit to researching current
documentation that supports the value of art in the development of the whole
child. This should be the cornerstone of our project so that we don't wind
up duplicating other work.
We also need to have someone collecting anecdotal evidence of the ways art
enabled a student to begin succeeding in school. We need to begin
collecting demographic data that compares state mandates to standardized
test scores. Are scores lower in states that have no art in the schools?
What does art contribute to prepare the child for other learning and
communicating beyond the art room? Does a higher level of appreciation and
understanding of visual experiences contribute to deeper understanding in
other aspects of a child's life?
(yes, we know it does, but what about those who don't or are skeptical?)
There's more, and more will be discovered and followed as we begin. I have
no idea how long this will take, or if it will ever be really finished.
That's ok. The research will evolve just as we do, just as the field does.
We will define the project as we need to.
Check out Henry Taylor's website.
enter the cactus link (center) and follow the link to the research project
at the top or bottom of the page.