are the arts valuable as a tool for professionals?
arts provide a time-honored method to express and communicate
information and perspectives in ways that are both personal
and shared. Through the arts, experience can be represented,
conveyed, and re-experienced anew, in rich and non-linear
ways. The commonly heard suggestion that "a picture
paints a thousand words" expresses one aspect of this
John Dewey and the Lessons of Art, Philip W. Jackson offers
a powerful statement of arts' value and import: "...The
arts refresh our sensibilities. They aid in the reconstruction
of old habits. They teach us new ways of thinking, feeling,
art forms does Working-Arts use?
uses art forms which already pervade the way we live and
work and think. It uses diverse imagery collected from our
culture, ranging from fine art to clip art; it also uses
simple imagery of participants' own creation. It uses poetry
in its most basic form, as this reminds us to listen to
words for both their surface and their deeper meanings.
It uses character, a very human construct for representing
any point of view; character also has profound quality of
humanizing a position while at the same time de-personalizing
it. Working-Arts uses story, which is how the human brain
organizes information and gives it meaning. Finally, it
uses "dialogue", as artfully defined by physicist
David Bohm. Other art forms are sometimes incorporated,
and all art forms are welcome. Working-Arts is careful to
focus, however, on art forms which can be incorporated into
problem-solving tasks fairly readily, require no special
skills, and will keep Working-Arts practitioners clean and
ready for their next meeting or presentation.
can Working-Arts be justified in today's economy?
is designed to be pragmatic and organic. All activities
are oriented toward real situations and challenges being
faced by the professionals in your workplace. The primary
objective of Working-Arts is to increase professional effectiveness.
Along the way, it aims to deepen the professional experience.