ARTS EDUCATION MATTERS
PERSONAL EXPRESSION MATTERS
After many years in “higher education” where justifying the very existence of my department (theatre), justifying the needs for quality arts education and project programming was truly unrelenting, the phrase “The arts are the eggs in the batter, not the icing on the cake,” became my calling slogan.
Essential. Important. Justified. Worthy.
The foundation of humanity, of civility.
We are expressive beings. All of us.
After all, what is it that we study of our past? What makes civilization civil? Over the centuries, what is left are the ARTIFACTS. The facts of the art: The sculpture, textiles, tiles, pottery, weaving, and if the library at Alexandria in Egypt hadn’t burnt to the ground in 48 B.C., we’d have many more ancient texts and play-scripts than the few which remain.
Can you imagine pre-school or kindergarten without arts and crafts? Of course not. So, why was cutting arts programs in middle and high school a good idea? It wasn’t, and the consequences are everywhere. Click here for RESOURCES to get started on learning more about just how important a solid foundation in the arts is essential for brain development. I’m sure you’ve heard that studying music improves math scores. That’s just the tip of the iceberg.
ART is treated like a nasty four letter word: Censored, banished, eliminated. Art programs have become victim to budget cuts because those in control with the power believe participating in creative expression is extraneous. It’s an after thought, extra-curricular. PHOOEY! If you want to control the masses, as dictators, fascists, monarchs (throughout history) and presidents do, you control the art, control the free thinking…
because art generates free thinking and new ideas.
So, what about YOU?
What about adults?
Where’s your creative expression’s passion? Truth?
What’s your mission with your creative thinking?
What’s your plan to move it forward?
What’s sitting on your “back burner?”
Let’s get you unstuck. Let’s move your projects forward.
From proofing grant applications to perfecting your funding pitch, I can help mine the gold, harvest your “eggs” in the batter.” I can edit and improve what you’ve started or work “Writer for Hire.” (PayPal makes it so easy.) See the menu tab for pricing. From script review (features, shorts, plays, one acts), script co-writing, formatting, proofing, editing to brainstorming creative solutions to everyday project planning. I’m here. I’m help.
And… we can come up with a budget that works for you.
Get in touch today.
hester dot schell at gmail dot com
Share any or all the details you’re comfortable with. I look forward to hearing from you. Let’s work together, on time and within budget.
I’ve had the privilege of teaching (film, theatre, directing, acting, dramatic literature, puppetry, physical theatre, stand-up comedy) for a variety of full time academic programs as well as vocational adult education and art school. Full CV on request.
De Anza College: Professor of Theatre/Film. Full-time, tenured.
Notre Dame de Namur University: Adjunct
St. Mary’s, Moraga: Guest Lecturer
Portland State University: Guest Artist
University of Utah: Graduate Teaching Assistantship
San Francisco State University: Guest Artist
VOCATIONAL PROGRAMS/ART SCHOOLS:
Art Institute/San Francisco
San Francisco School of Digital Filmmaking
Film Acting Bay Area
Film Arts Foundation
Portland (OR) Actors Conservatory
Available for lectures, workshops and presentations designed to suit your group’s needs. Flexible rates to fit your budget.