Friday, December 18, 2009

Outside Artists

At CAN, an essay by artist/educator Jerri Allyn examines the "tension between community arts and the academy", posing the hard questions like "Who are the experts?" and "What's good enough?"

The essay segues into a fun interview, in which Ms. Allyn asks her brother Peter McCracken, a musician who dropped out of Tufts and thrived nonetheless, if any colleges have started to offer "a degree in the blues?"

The answer seems to be no, but the notion gets funnier the longer I think about it.

In any case, with or without the imprimatur of colleges and universities, teaching artists are managing to do this work, every day, without fail.

Finally: Chaka Khan - I'm Every Woman.

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