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Lesson Plans

Re: beauty and public art

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Mon, 2 Nov 1998 22:11:01 EST

In a message dated 11/1/98 10:58:08 PM, marciameaton wrote:

<<Perhaps some of you live in towns where there are still Post

Office murals or other projects done then. It would be great to ask

students to compare them to Trajan's Forum. To what extent was beautifying

America part of the goal, do you think? Marcia


We got on a great little discussion today (Two Social Studies Teachers, a
librarian and an art teacher) of whether the support of public art and of the
arts and creative activities have contributed to the length and success of a
society and government. We discussed whether oppressive cultures in regards
to creative thought contributed to this equation. A discussion on how a
contemporary public works project might contribute and be orchestrated. What
would be it's purpose, beauty, education, work, good for all, etc.
For a medium size town, we have a lot of homeless and jobless individuals. We
tried to envision what it would take to build a colluseum, a wall, cathedral,
pyramid, etc. We feed and offer night shelter now, how would this be
different. You get the point.