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If you know anything about public education in our country, you know it’s in a whole heap of trouble. And you’ve probably heard that Arts programs are the first to get cut. Because everyone in our culture knows that Art is expendable. But what if it’s not? What if by denying the Arts, we’re actually denying a fundamental part of who we are?
Enter Life After Art by Matt Appling. Matt’s a long-time artist and art teacher at an all-ages Christian school.
Matt applies what he’s learned at the front of the Art Room to our spirituality to offer a vibrant picture of spirituality we’ve forgotten.
Matt opens by reflecting on the massive difference between his kindergarten and sixth-grade students. He points out that
as five-year-olds, most of us had uncanny creative drives, we were generous with what we created, and we created with abandon and lack of self-awareness.
But as we grew up, we lost those qualities – not just in the Art Room, but pretty much everywhere else in our lives, too. Life After Art takes us on a journey to recover those beautiful, child-like qualities. He explores the connection between art and spirituality, and reminds (or teaches) us that we were created to be creators by a creator. Continue Reading…