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ERIC Number: EJ940027
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004
Pages: 2
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-1541-1796
In My Opinion: Prelude and Fugue on the Work of Teaching Artists
Mertz, Margeret
Teaching Artist Journal, v2 n2 p107-108 2004
Americans have a passionate ambivalence about the arts. In this article, the author talks about the work of teaching artists, and argues that the roots of the unease about the arts are a deep part of the Puritan ethic and the pioneer spirit that shaped the culture of the early settlers on the eastern seaboard. That reticence and reserve in the face of the hard work to be done within the colonies, along with conservative religious practices, gave short shrift to the performing and visual arts. Most American citizens today have never been completely comfortable with the arts, nor particularly at ease with artists. They revere and revile, fantasize and demonize those who dare to take the risk to be an artist. The author contends that to be an artist in America is to choose an alternative lifestyle. It is a life full of risks, with little or no certainty of modest or phenomenal success, but one in which the desire and the passion to make art remains at the inner molten core from which the art comes.
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Language: English
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