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Helping Kids Express Their Inner Artist, Even If They Haven’t Found Their Art Yet

Communication is an art – even if it’s not through an expected medium. Our goal is to give kids an opportunity to express themselves in many different ways, explore their interests, and create.

This quote from choreographer Agnes de Mille talking about an exchange she had with the legendary dancer and choreographer Martha Graham, dives deep into what it means to be an artist and when you think about it in the context of communication, it makes a lot of sense:

(Agnes De Mille talking about Martha Graham)

“The greatest thing she ever said to me was in 1943…I was bewildered and worried that my entire scale of values was untrustworthy. I confessed that I had a burning desire to be excellent, but no faith that I could be. Martha said to me, very quietly,”

“There is a vitality, a life force, an energy, a quickening that is translated through you into action, and because there is only one of you in all of time, this expression is unique. And if you block it, it will never exist through any other medium and it will be lost. The world will not have it. It is not your business to determine how good it is nor how valuable nor how it compares with other expressions. It is your business to keep it yours clearly and directly, to keep the channel open. You do not even have to believe in yourself or your work. You have to keep yourself open and aware to the urges that motivate you. Keep the channel open. No artist is pleased. There is no satisfaction whatever at any time. There is only a queer divine dissatisfaction, a blessed unrest that keeps us marching and makes us more alive than the others.”