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Re: [teacherartexchange] a thought about what is art worth realistically


From: M. Austin (whest177_at_TeacherArtExchange)
Date: Tue Sep 20 2005 - 16:17:05 PDT

I think gift certificates is a good compromise. I know that when I purchase
raffle tickets and win prizes such as "free massage", "free haircut", etc it
just doesn't mean as much. Free services don't seem valued as much as cash
or physical in-your-hand-type prizes. By offering cash prizes for winning
artwork you are reinforcing that art can indeed produce a living, AND it
would get the students and hopefully their parents into a store that they
may otherwise never enter.
K-12 Kansas Art Teacher

> I finally talked the group into gift certificates at local art stores for
> the cash...but my question is, am I off base? How do we make
> art legitimate and acceptable to those people who aren't artists or who
> couldn't care less? Putting ourselves on a pedestal and saying that art
> has
> to be understood to be appreciated doesn't do us any good. We need to
> reach
> the uninitiated through direct cash...or what's in it for
> me?

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