Why, look you now, how unworthy a thing you make of me!

I have found it so difficult to call people on this sort of thing. Before I quit being a teaching artist, people were constantly revealing what an unworthy thing they made of me. It’s what drove me out of the profession. It was almost never personal – but my skills and thoughts and experience were never valued or recognized. It was clear how replaceable we all were. The system was becoming more systemized so that skill became less essential. It became about people who could execute a program, who could replace the widgets in the factory. It’s cookie cutter arts education and you know – even factory cookies are delicious and not entirely without value but sending a recipe innovator in to do the job of cutting out the cookies is a little cruel. It’s clear how unworthy a thing those innovators are in a cookie factory.

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