Ripple Effect: From K to 12 and Beyond

March: Art from our partner schools has started arriving. This moment in time invites the opportunity to reflect on the processes through which this work comes into being. The artists teaching in our programs make all the envisioning and scheduling come to fruition. They do so with great skill, patience, planning, and the ability to be flexible in changing circumstances. […]

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Abstraction

For several months, Art House had a high school project hanging on our largest wall. Living with these works over an extended period led to comparing them to some of the others that had been part of the 2018 Urban Bright Exhibition. Eight paintings focused on nature, technology, and augmenting human capacity. The students used various acrylic painting techniques and […]

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Silos (Part One)

In mid-March I attended a Say Yes to Education information session that explained its comprehensive, wrap-around support strategy to break down barriers to children’s academic success all the way to a post-secondary degree. Nadia Del Valle, the national program director, cited the fact that the various agencies necessary to realize this goal had repeatedly attended planning meetings as discreet, isolated […]

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Art House Energy Exchange

There is nothing like the buzz generated by the exploration, discovery, and learning that spontaneously occurs when children and adults come to Art House to participate in workshops or arts-in-education programs. The expansive energizing effect that these sessions offer is infectious, joyful, and particularly confirming for those of us who work to provide these opportunities. Viewing art, sharing ideas and […]

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The War of Art

The War of Art is the abbreviated title of a book by Steven Pressfield in which he discusses Resistance: resistance to the creative process and any cause that calls us. It is a toxic force that is experienced as fear. Fear precipitates flight. An underlying connection to this theory is the dismissive attitude that continues to persist towards the deep […]

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