We’ve been catching up on our reading lately and just finished a provocative article in Newsweek (July 2010) about the documented decline of creativity in American culture over the past 20 years, most alarmingly among those emerging from their student years during that time. The authors review possible causes for that decline, and dismiss the lack of art instruction in schools as a plausible explanation. Saying that creativity is not the sole province of the arts, they cite what Mark Runco calls the “art bias”: the assumptioon that the arts have “a special claim to creativity.” Runco says it’s unfounded, and we would agree.
As proponents of the arts through our participation in Create Tucker, we would never propose art as an exclusive path to the development of creative population. We do insist, however, that it is vital to that effort. Those of us who choose to lead Tucker County lives in pursuit of art and craft find comfort here, and we are determined to voice the need that our young people have the opportunity in school to explore their creative potential through the arts. The hope is that thereby students can find the discipline and imaginative paths to give flight to their ideas and visions.
That’s why we’ve written before about the STArt (School-Town Art) Project, and will again. It’s our way of enlisting the whole community to support opportunities for our young people to learn techniques and explore creative solutions through the arts.