Friday, January 22, 2010
College or Bust
Imagine what a delight to inadvertently stumble into a treasure trove of student artists works strewn all over the floor at this giant lobby in the Design District. The much anticipated Portfolio Review Day at Design and Architecture Senior High was a sight for sore eyes for any overexposed visual person. The works on display were refreshing and raw.
Prepped and Proactive
In the most part the kids at this magnet school for the arts are average teenagers. Awkward, hormonally driven and eager to take the college dragons by the horns and make of themselves the best young adults this culture can expect. Many will leave the swamp in search of quality higher education and some distance from their parents. Some will return to 'give back' to the community.
Seriousness of Purpose
Most liberal arts colleges send representatives to this annual event with the hope of identifying and recruiting the best of the best of the next crop of artists, musicians, photographers, architects, and so on. Tomorrows creative community is being pruned right here amidst the lethargy and apathy the arts that South Florida is famous for.
The interactions at this event is critical for all involved. The kids have an opportunity to better gauge where the will want to go and the college reps get first pick at the top talent available today to mold the next generation.
In these changing times it is difficult to know at first glance who is the adult and who is the kid.
Conventional lines of division and identity are not so clearcut. But one thing is certain, the generation gap has been bridged by a passion for the creative process.
Really Big Show
Sometimes it's obvious who the adult is.
Something happened when the public school system created magnet schools. Suddenly kids that would otherwise not have the impetus to excel are now immersed in a pier group that is self-propelled and fast-tracked for success. I know of no child at DASH that is sullen, sunken, and dreamless. Congrats to them and the staff of dedicated teachers working quietly for a better society, a world inspired by art appreciation.
One need only look beneath the nubile veil of naivety to discover that the cultivation of the arts that begins here will yield an army of future progressive thinkers.
Trouble is I don't have the heart to say that we currently have a glut of MFA's and could really use more nurses and doctors.