A Creative Population

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.

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About bruceandgerri

Bruce is a paper artist and Gerri a nature photographer who work from their Deer Run Studio in Tucker County, West Virginia.
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3 Responses to A Creative Population

  1. Linda Sinish says:

    I think it is so sad that our educators of public schools find the need to cut costs. It appears to start with the arts and the elective classes. So many talented teachers simply do not have the supply funds and others actually dip into their personal wallets for supplies.

    On the other hand, I have recently moved to Tucker County from an intense and highly populated area. Many of the parents can’t afford to stay home or take the time to encourage their children to do something as simple as color. The parents are so exhausted from the hours and stress of work, the traffic and the high property taxes, that the simple things that are so important are frequently missed.

    I don’t have the answers. I wish I did. But, I can and will take some of the time of my schedule to be there to color with my tiny neice and to hopeful incourage her to have fun being creative.

  2. bumble bee says:

    I cant seem to find any info on the start project do you have a link?
    besides this post,
    I am sorry but I have say there are a lot of disappointing posts on this blogs most of you seem too self indulged, most of us don’t care if the local bar that caters to a tourist population is having trouble but a benifit is put in place right away, where is the benifit for the under severed of tucker county, real supplies for the kids in class is way more importaint,
    all about the arts in and around Tucker County, West Virginia not the thomas bohemians ,
    take a look around the county for real and try to come up with a true creative solution for a kid that has no chance,
    most of you are implants here what gives you the right to even use the name tucker to promote shows at your music venue..
    Only love can touch and hold them and be fair to them. oh wait hes talking about art not people, I challenge the rest of you guys to do something for real for the people of tucker county not for your selves or go back to where you came from,
    I bet most of you are skiing today.

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