I am one of the last graduates of the Adult Education program that harkened back to Folk Schools like the Highlander House or Paulo Freire's work in education for liberation.(WWU 2004) I used this degree to teach at Bellingham Technical College and Northwest Indian College.
The classes I taught were the result of grant proposals written by Fran Doddson; they allowed me a great deal of flexibility to design the curriculum to meet the needs of unique programs and populations. In this way, I was able to use my skills as artist and innovator in the educational field. Critiquing education has been a lifelong preoccupation for me. How we learn publically has so much impact on how we interact and achieve socially. Learning is at the core of happiness.
I first found the broadest opportunity for learning to be coupled with self-expression. Since childhood I have known I was an "artist". But I have not understood why anyone would not be an artist. The creative process, the drive for beauty and connection, is as natural as breathing, isn't it? Every six year old knows she is an artist. What happens?
My paintings were very introspective, a vehicle of self-discovery, a way of exploring the creative process itself, process as interface between intention and manifestation. I was haunted by the idea that we did not, as a culture, educate everyone to experience their own processes of confronting the unknown the way one faces a blank canvas with the intention of recording whatever is most profound, most meaningful, most beautiful, and most representative of whatever was motivating one to discover and express. If we valued everyone's creativity, how could we fail to build a better world? How could we fail to respect our differences? How could we forget the magnificence of beautiful and the natural?
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