Monday, April 16, 2012

Cain Dares You to Make Art!

      There have been studies done where researchers ask classes of young children "How many of you are artists?" From kindergarten until about the 3rd grade, almost every kid considers him or herself an artist. It starts to go down from there and by high school, very few students admit to being artistic at all.  YIKES!
      You may have seen this inspiring short film or heard about this 9 year old boy named Cain from east L.A.
This kid had a passion and a dream and made it happen. He created an arcade out of cardboard and waited for the players to come.
       It took a while. For a long time he sat in front of his Dad's business waiting for them. He persevered and finally they came. But even if they didn't it would have been no less an artistic achievement.
       If you think of art only as fine art like painting, sculpture, music etc, you are short-changing yourself. If you are an Economist Educator, you have a unique platform for creating art.
  • Artist are people with a genius for finding a new answer, a new connection, or a new way of getting things done.
  • Art, at least as I define it, is the intentional act of using your humanity to create a change in another person.          Seth Godin from the book, Linchpin
So, today is Monday. Most of us have the good fortune to have a chance to get out there and do it again. Do it right. Make Art. Make a difference. If you have lost your enthusiasm, act like you have it again. You may be surprised.

The Art of Instruction, The Power of Engagement, The Spark of Discovery

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