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Art produces citizens

Photo on a wall painted a deep matt navy blue, with large yellow lettering: LEAP before you LOOK - BLACK MOUNTAIN COLLEGE - 1933 - 1957

Lifted from Austin Kleon’s list of unschoolingposts:

If you’ve never heard of Black Mountain College, Louis Menand’s New Yorker piece “Learn By Painting” is a good start:

What made Black Mountain different from other colleges was that the center of the curriculum was art-making. Students studied pretty much whatever they wanted, but everyone was supposed to take a class in some kind of artistic practice — painting, weaving, sculpture, pottery, poetry, architecture, design, dance, music, photography. The goal was not to produce painters, poets, and architects.It was to produce citizens.

(My highlights in bold.)

Q: How do we bring that openness, cross-pollination, parallel-making into our work?

(I want to run an “art for better public service” course in which people, public servants, go and look at the world / their work / their communities / their service users through an art lens of some kind, and *have the space to* bring back the learnings into their day jobs.)

Photo on a wall painted a deep matt navy blue, with large yellow lettering: LEAP before you LOOK - BLACK MOUNTAIN COLLEGE - 1933 - 1957

Photo credit: Austin Kleon’s photo at the Black Mountain College exhibition (Wexner Center)

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