We who educate aspiring artists, whether we’re public or private, liberal arts or research university, or a professional school, tend not to give sufficient attention to what ensures proficiency in our students, or what prepares our graduates to act upon an indifferent world.
We tend to give little attention to preparing students as entrepreneurs who have a sense of business or an understanding of how to make the world work for them.
We are inclined to give minimal, if any, attention to basic skills (writing, presenting, managing, arguing, collaborating, etc.) necessary for transforming an excellent education in art into a successful life-long profession in that art.
Yes, we do an excellent job of giving students the skills, knowledge, and understandings that relate to art-making, but that’s it!
Put more self-accusingly, we have generally opened the door at commencement, bid the graduates goodbye, closed the door, locked it, dusted off our hands and said with a sigh, “We’ve done our part; now it’s up to you.”
I am here to say we can do better; we must! Read the rest of this entry »