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Re: The importance of the arts to learning.

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betti longinotti (p-lstudio)
Sun, 29 Mar 1998 05:54:16 -0500

Reatha and all,
Yes, I wholeheartedly agree with you Reatha. I think anyone who hasn't
been able to gain employment in the arts that has really wanted to
hasn't invested themselves into it. My NAHS has been painting a
site-specific mural for a local hospital' dining room and I have had
parents who have been toatally engrossed in the process and the
project's results. I have had the opportunity to speak with them
candidly about their child's career direction. One Mom said that I was
her child's role model (oh my Gosh!) ...that she wanted to have a job
like mine when she grows up, and how does she do that? I replied that
it takes investment (of time, passion, education, and focus)... that if
that investment is there she will never be lacking with art driven work.
Life takes us in different directions shaped by the opportunities
available to us, but if the investment and passion are there so will be
the opportunities. I sense parents have a lot of fear about their
children entering a career in the arts, and while as an art educator I
might not make the most lucrative living from a financial sense, I have
never regretted my early career decisions that led me here.

In Art & Life,
Betti L.
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