What is Holding Back Art Education? Ann Scango Interview

Art represents life through the eyes of their creator. A way for an artist to articulate their views & start a discussion without really saying anything at all. To Mae Jemison, American Engineer & Former NASA Astronaut & Ann Scango, Austinite visual artist and sculptor, art serves as the necessary building blocks that leads children to creative thought & feelings one might not have felt before, leaving them a more enlightened & educated individual ready for the world ahead. Sadly, some the school systems don’t believe that.

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Art represents life through the eyes of their creator. A way for an artist to articulate their views & start a discussion without really saying anything at all. To Mae Jemison, American Engineer & Former NASA Astronaut & Ann Scango, Austinite visual artist and sculptor, art serves as the necessary building blocks that leads children to creative thought & feelings one might not have felt before, leaving them a more enlightened & educated individual ready for the world ahead. Sadly, some the school systems don’t believe that.

In 2002, Jemison was invited by TED to share her views on the education system, their focus on standardized testing, & why teaching art & science together is beneficial for budding schoolchildren. Many of the truly tragic facts she gave weren’t new but she stressed how important a change in the curriculum was needed, why teaching art & science was inter-related, how the continuous separation of the two would be detrimental for future students & their critical thinking skills moving forward. More than a decade and a half later, Ann Scango stumbled upon the footage on Youtube & realized that the future Jemison predicted had came true to a degree. Public School systems remained stable enough since Jemison’s TED Talk but also remained pretty stagnate in any growth or flexibility in their curriculum. Some schools tried to integrate art & science but only decided to cover the bare minimum. Scango went on to mention that the future of our nation is all dependent on how much we nurture the next generation.

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Inspired by Lady Bird Johnson’s love for the environment, Ann Scango attempts to awaken her audience’s shared consciousness of humanity to reflect upon the world it inhabits and it could do to make things better. Ann peruses through an immense array of industrial materials & fuses them with pieces of her city, breaking the traditional boundaries of sculpting to speak to fellow citizens.

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