|View single post by katoagogo|
|Posted: Fri Aug 3rd, 2007 03:03 pm||
|Arts schooling has ony been around for a little more than a century (with a handful of exceptions).
Artists used to gain their knowledge of craft and heritage through apprenticeships.
That is still true today. It all depends on what company you fall in with after the formal learning regarding your continued learning and mastery of your craft.
There are a lot of people who are writing about this deficit for whom Brando would have been a contempory artist, and who would have heard the older generation scoff at his technique and dismiss his use of Method as narcissim and his lack of respect for all those great actors who went before him.
Won't it suck if it turns out that Paris Hilton is the great innovator of a generation? You never know...
But, what defines the artistic heritage is the sharing that goes on between older and younger artists working together.
Who are you mentoring? That's the real question.
It's not up to an academic system to ensure that artistic traditions are kept alive (unless thats your major) -- its up to the artistic community.
It's up to working artists to be willing to work with younger artists.
I attended a performance of A BRIGHT ROOM CALLED DAY and during the talk-back session (there was a talk-back session) it was brought up that high school students should see this play -- that it was so important for them -- why weren't the schools bringing this kind of important work to the students -- why don't the schools do this --!!!?
I looked around the room. Not one of these 20 or so well meaning, arts oriented adults had brought a teenager to see the show. "uh, why didnt anyone bring a teeneger tonight?" That was my feedback. Its not up to the schools. It's up the supporters of the arts to induct the next generation. It's up to us. We need to bring teenagers to our theater. We need to offer ourselves as mentors. We need to share this beloved tradition.
Then, students in these college programs will demand deeper investigations. They will because we have primed them, prepared them, and they are ready for a deeper track.
Who are you mentoring?
(that's my reaction to the article)
Last edited on Fri Aug 3rd, 2007 03:09 pm by katoagogo