“Regardless of our age, position, or occupation in life, the need and desire
to express the thoughts, dreams and aspirations that are quite uniquely and
distinctly 'our own' is a strong one.
Regardless of the idiom and whether it be painting, drawing, illustration,
music, or writing, far too many people have experienced something negative
in their lives that falsely inform them that they have 'nothing to say' or
'lack the talent' to give voice to their expression.
Artist and writer Peter London is on a mission to change these notions.
A Professor of Art Education at Southeastern Massachusetts University in
North Dartmouth, London is a noted artist, a practicing 'art therapist',
and a painter whose work has been exhibited extensively in New England and
Peter London: My talk will be to describe to you a new entire organism,
a new form of school. A school whose mission it is to be an experimental laboratory
investigating how we desire to live, rather than to prepare the emergent generations
to live the way they have come to live. The latter mission being that of our current system of schooling.
A reasonable enough mission in a successful and steady state civilization, but disastrous in a civilization
such as the one we have, which is neither sufficiently successful nor at all sustainable
even for the pockets of successful members. This will be a school in which the arts
are saturated throughout every feature of what people do and how they go about doing it.
A school whose unabashed mission it is to engage in The Great Work;
reconciling the frayed relations between humans and the rest of their infinite family-
of the rest of the Cosmos. Nature.