NAEA: Jean Houston

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Dr. Jean Houston, who seems to have known and learned from a who’s-who of the greatest minds of the past century, shared her experience meeting Albert Einstein on a fourth grade field trip. Fourth graders being fourth graders, a student asked, “How can we become as smart as you?”

He replied, “Read more fairy tales.”

Art educators know that we contribute to the development of creativity in our students, but this story begs to ask whether we really give them ample opportunities to use fantasy to imagine, dream, and create. 

Dr. Houston shared many stories and preached the value of arts education that rather literally MOVED the crowd. As this photo may show, there were times I felt like it was a church service.  

 
I will be worshipping at the alter of art education for the next few days, so stay tuned for frequent updates and highlights from #NAEA2016.

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