The Cost of Arts Education

By Kristi Jones

The arts have always been in my life, and I consider myself extremely lucky to be able to say that. However, I didn’t have super artistic parents; in fact, art wasn’t really even a hobby for my parents. My dad is a pilot and was always more math and science-minded, and my mom had a varied career history, including accounting, marketing and flight attendant, but the arts were never involved in their professional lives, and besides my mom playing the piano now and then, not in their personal lives either. However, they always encouraged both my involvement in and appreciation of the arts. I started taking dance classes when I was three, and my parents started taking me to the theatre productions when I was around six years old. There were museums, piano lessons and choir concerts throughout my life. I also had the typical arts classes in school, stayed involved in choir, theatre and dance through my teenage years, went on to major in theatre in college and moved on to have a career in the non-profit arts world. Why? I was encouraged to participate in the arts, where I ended up finding my niche and passion, and I was given the support and tools I needed to do just that.

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10,000 Hours

By Barbara Hamilton, a perspective poem after completing Think 360 Arts for Learning’s Institute for Creative Teaching

 

10,000 hours of practice is what a famous man says will make ME an expert

At playing the viola, or at playing golf, or sculpting.

He says, razor sharp focus and meticulous planning will achieve my goals.
Now that would be 41.6 days if I never slept, ate, or saw my children or husband

If I worked at being an expert for just 5 hours a day, every day, that would be 2,000 days.

It’s also 285.7 weeks of practicing the viola or 5.5 years,

WITH NO DAYS OFF.

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The Process

maeve-01By Maeve Eichelberger

Have you ever wondered ‘how’ I do what I do? Although not the same every time, my technical process of the printing and cutting stays consistent. Allow me to share.

I have a library of images that is ever growing. When I decide on a series I choose my best photographs with the most interesting angles, brightest colors and strongest contrast. For ease of understanding, the images below are examples from my most current series, which was installed in October, Timeless Denver architecture and landmarks, with splashes of the west!

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