Before I get too far into my half-baked drivel, I want to send sincere congratulations to the Class of 2009! From every education level to every school across the city, welcome to the real world!
And if you let me pretend I am a wizened, old kung-fu master again, some(one else’s) words of wisdom:
This song was played on a local morning radio show late last week. The DJs had just finished their blurb on President Obama’s commencement speech at ASU. They sent my mind spinning on thoughts of challenges, individual and public.
My first thought went to Dana Gioia, the former Chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts and his 2007 commencement speech at Stanford.
“Adult life begins in a child’s imagination, and we’ve relinquished that imagination to the marketplace.”
“American culture has mostly become one vast infomercial.”
“[…] the marketplace does only one thing—it puts a price on everything. The role of culture, […] is not focused on the price of things, but on their value.”
“The purpose of arts education is not to produce more artists, though that is a byproduct [emphasis mine]. The real purpose of arts education is to create complete human beings capable of leading successful and productive lives in a free society.”
“More artists” and the slew of artblogs I read that linked to the same Washington Post article had me wondering why so many just don’t get it. There is a huge difference between education and training. Training tells you what to do, while education shows you how to figure it out. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again,*Boo hoo!* I’m in a creative industry and I’m not creative enough to think outside of the box! *sob* And if you think education and figuring things out for yourself are too difficult, you can always turn to Frontline Infantry!
By the way, what is up with these news reports distorting the story by focusing on the degree-holding unemployed unable to find work in their “sanctioned” field? If I was hungry, I would eat any edible meal placed in front of me. Or the desperately unemployed wearing balloons and handing their resumes out on street corners? Those are not creative solutions demonstrating commitment. They are pathetic actions and exposes the person as vulnerable to manipulation/humiliation.
[some vindication for what I was thinking here]
Even further of a sidenote: How morally conflicting must it be for a socially conscious individual to work for the WalMart Museum of Art?
Maybe I’ll stop there…
I’ll tell you ’bout what I sees.