I found this CNN article (about us) while on The National Art Education Association site. I just joined NAEA for the first time since I was a student at DAAP/U. of Cincinnati where I got to hear the amazing Elliot Eisner and sit in Dr. Robert Russell's aethetics classes as well as Dr. Hermine Feinstein's Visual Communications classes. How lucky I was to be able to learn from some of the best in the art education field! Just looking back into those days of research and studying creative thinking as it pertained to art, is just so exciting. The normal route would have been to stick with teaching art in the schools like I used to do. But I don't like to be normal. I don't like living within the usual "box". So... HATCH came to be! I truly believe there is so much more out there to discover about teaching creativity, critical thinking, visual communication and manual dexterity... I have always been interested in alternative education. People do not learn in the same ways. That's why we are very interesting and exciting! I love to see learning going on no matter where it is. It certainly doesn't have to happen within a school building. And it certainly doesn't seem to, compared to the learning that goes on outside those walls. Our society is constantly changing... nothing stays the same... because our brains never stop imagining and creating.
We need art... but more so, we need good art teachers. And we need to value each and every creation that comes into existence. I'm never going to settle for the norm... isn't that exciting??!