I invite you to listen to or read a transcript of a podcast I recently did on Art Ed Radio. My topic was “Using Improvisation and Performativity as Teaching Tools.” It was a joy speaking with host Tim Bolgatz on what is a passion of mine. The radio show is an activity of The Art of Education, which also sponsors a yearly online conference. I’m happy to say I’ll be speaking at this conference on February 3: Winter 2018 Art Ed Now: National Online Conference for Art Teachers. The lineup looks really good—and not only for art teachers!
Back to the podcast…
Here’s how it began:
Tim Bolgatz: Welcome to Art Ed Radio, the podcast for art teachers. This show is produced by The Art of Education, and I’m your host, Tim Bogatz. As you probably know from me talking about it all the time, I am in charge of putting together the line of the Art Ed Now online conference that we do twice a year here at AOE. It is absolutely one of my favorite things that I do because I’m constantly able to explore new ideas, find new voices, and work with some of the most talented people in art education. Every once in awhile though, I’m able to step out of the world of art ed to find some valuable ideas in academia, or in the world of education at large. And a couple months ago, I was lucky enough to find today’s guest, Dr. Lois Holzman.
What specifically in all of those interests are your biggest passions? Like what ideas do you care about the most?
Dr. Holzman: What I care about the most is the way … Is trying to intervene on the way that our culture, and that’s US culture, but also around the world, it looks different, but how our cultures stifle development of not just children, but adults as well. What I mean by development is the ability that we have and that we can see in children all of the time of transforming qualitatively who they are into someone else, into from a baby to a toddler, from a toddler to a child, from a child to a teenager, and so on, that we transform the circumstances that we’re in and become bigger and greater and more knowledgeable and more passionate about things and more imaginative. And many of our institutions stifle that, so my passion is to re-initiate development in all those people that it has stopped, and to provide the best for the very young so that they can continue to thrive and develop.