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Artistic Context

The summer after my freshmen year of college, I worked for the Pittsburgh Irish and Classical Theatre.

I love this city!

I love this city!

My job was mainly stage management and I worked with a lot of actors and directors centered in the Pittsburgh area. As someone involved in the Pittsburgh theatre scene since the age of 6, these were people that I had admired for years. Forget the A-list actors in Hollywood, these were my living idols that I had grown up seeing in equity productions since I was very small.

One of the directors that I worked with was a particular celebrity of mine. I had seen her in many, many shows and watched a lot of her work as a director.

I remember listening to a discussion between this director and a fairly famous-even-outside-of-Pittsburgh actress during a rehearsal break.

Director: “I don’t understand the ‘researchers’ and ‘scholars’ that study and break down performance. They are removing the context and stripping art of meaning.”
Actress: “I agree. You can not replace the experience. That is the point of art.”

For some reason, this exchange has stayed with me.

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Another Way To Think About Art

We’ve all heard it: the arts improve test scores. The arts are good for us because they improve our soul and because of blah blah blah.

We’ve all heard the advocacy and I am starting to wonder if we are becoming numb to it.

While I still think that advocacy is important, I would like to take another look at this topic and discuss another reason why the arts are important, especially in schools.

The arts help to prevent crime.

I am not saying that the arts completely eliminate crime or that those involved in the arts will not commit a crime ever. I am saying that the arts help to prevent crime.

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