When Art Is Enough

No one lives a doubt-free life. There are days when I wonder if a career in arts education is the right choice. There are days when I wonder if what I do makes a difference. There are days when I think there are better ways to help more people. On days like December 14th, 2012, … Continue reading

Everyday I’m Puzzlin’

Everyday I’m Puzzlin’

Grad school is like a giant puzzle. Every day I add a piece. The piece might be a mini lesson about new vocabulary, or trying out a new activity, or a new way of thinking about something. Some days the piece that falls into place is huge. On other days it’s pretty tiny. Some days, … Continue reading

My Teaching Philosophy in 3-D

My Teaching Philosophy in 3-D

So this one time… in grad school… we got to do arts and crafts. No but seriously. Look: Okay so on the surface, it does look like arts and crafts, and yes I did do this in my second week of graduate school. In Drama-Based Pedagogy and Practice, we each created a three-dimensional representation of … Continue reading

Eric Booth Brilliance

“Wait, really? I get to do that? I get to learn that? I get to be in the same room as THAT brilliant person?! NO WAY!” Grad school is full of those moments. Those moments when you can’t believe how lucky you are to get to _______ (fill in the blank). This week was no … Continue reading

Blogging’s Place in My Teaching Artist Toolbox (Re-Post)

Blogging’s Place in My Teaching Artist Toolbox (Re-Post)

The following was originally posted on the American Alliance for Theatre and Education (AATE)’s New Guard Network Blog last week. I started my blog, ArtSmart: a teaching artist’s adventure when I was a junior in college as part of an independent study project called “Arts Education, Values and Policy in the United States.” Under the guidance of … Continue reading

An Introvert Walks into the Theatre…

An Introvert Walks into the Theatre…

I’m finally getting around to reading Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking by Susan Cain. I don’t know why I bothered to download the free sample on my kindle before hitting “buy.” From the title alone, I knew it would be a book for me. I am an introvert through … Continue reading

Artists are people too

Artists are people too

This is how the dictionary defines “artist.” Most of the time, when we hear the word, our brains immediately conjure up images of painters, dancers, actors and musicians. For the purposes of this post, I’d like to broaden this standard definition of “artist” and look at that fifth definition: “a person whose work exhibits exceptional … Continue reading

Summer Sondheim Wisdom

Summer Sondheim Wisdom

I realize I’ve been a little MIA in terms of ArtSmart, but there are a few blog posts in the works that will be surfacing in the second half of this summer. In the meantime, here’s an image with some Stephen Sondheim lyrics that have proven to be an effective guide for me during a … Continue reading