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Art Ed and War


Date: Sat Sep 22 2001 - 08:48:44 PDT

What is the role of the art educator in times of war and conflict?

How do current events fit in with the purpose of teaching art in a
school setting?

Are any art teachers feeling eternal pressure to do patriotic themed
lessons, turn over bulletin boards? Is that o.k.?

Are we thought of as therapists during this time, and what we do as
therapy, even though we are not trained as such (thinking of the
teacher who demonstrated how to cut a throat in order to "explain")

If we teach themed lessons about current events, are we helping
students understand the difference between patriotism and nationalism?

These are difficult and confusing times. What is the "job" of the
artist? The art teacher? Has it become different from what is was
nearly two weeks ago?

I hope all of you are o.k. My brother and niece who work in the
financial district are, so is my son who lives not far from "ground
zero." He is an artist, too, and we have been discussing all of the

Best to all, Jane in Brooklyn