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Fortunately for me my principal has a degree in art history, so I don't
have to justify anything. However my campaign has always been with the
academic teachers. I wear them down. How? By cleverly interjecting
justifications in everyday conversation. I make sure I eat with someone
I am trying to convert. I seek out teachers and administrators during my
prep time. These conversions may take a while, so you have to be subtly
consistant. However, there is a fine line between beating a dead horse
and fitting something appropriate into a conversation. I always try to
find a way to interject aesthetics, whether a conversation is about the
movies, or what students are wearing. You can make it work without
someone realizing it, if you work hard at it. (I've had over 20 years
practice) I tutor one of my "adversaries" son in art (he's 9)
afterschool free (as professional courtesy)and his kid is better at
explaining to him in a way that is non threatening. I have volunteered
to team teach certain lessons in areas that I can dovetail aesthetics.
I have "appeared" in English classes, and geometry classes. I have gone
to the Board of Education meetings and during the informal time slipped
in subliminal messages. For me survival of the arts is essential in a
students life, and the discussion of aesthetics has always been a major
part of who I am. One can not change someone else's baggage, all we can
do is introduce them to a new set of luggage.