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I've been away having eight friends from the UK on their first trip to the
US - doing tornado relief construction in the unbearable heat (never a word
of complaint -they are amazing) so have loads of digests to get through, so
sorry if this reply is a duplicate of somebody else's - but first I have to
tell youall that we came upon (safely in a van but quite close) a Bison who
had just given birth - the calf was just getting fluffy and still a little
wobbly on his feet! I've lived here all my life and had never seen that.
ANYWAY - I've been thinking about the "too many requests" issue for a long
time. I'm not yet teaching but have been an artist forever, and get buried
in "it's so easy for you, you're so talented" requests - sometimes not even
requests, just "so and so told me you wouldn't mind". So I know I'll not
want my students to get in the habit of feeling obligated to perform upon
demand, as I used to.
While working on a community arts grant proposal I got the idea of creating
a similar form for requests for student "art projects". My basic idea is,
(if I ever get a job), when someone comes to me requesting art from me & my
class, I could thank them graciously for their interest, and hand them the
Official Art Production Request Form, and tell them that all requests
require the completion of this form which would include estimated time and
costs, how the materials would be paid for, how the students are to be
compensated, and the expected art educational value to the students - (maybe
let them check off a list of the national standards?) which would then be
reviewed by the class, or a committee of the class. Then the class (or
elected committee) could evaluate the request and decide whether or not to
accept the request. My guess is that most people wouldn't bother filling out
the form. If they care enough about the request to take the time and effort
to fill out the form, then it might be worth the student's consideration. I
think this would be an introduction to the grant request process, and also
would give them a sense of control over the use of their talents.
Betty in OK