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The present paper calls for renewing John Ruskin’s challenge to the Modern dichotomy of isolating artistic endeavor from mainstream culture and economics, and to those public education systems that reinforce it. The goals of the paper are twofold: first, and entirely consistent with the Arts and Crafts ideology descendant from Ruskin, to establish a rationale within the contemporary milieu for enabling a greater, rather than a lesser, portion of society to routinely enjoy creative work; and second, to formulate means to better educate the public to receive and value, and thus encourage creative work.
|Keywords:||Arts & Crafts, Arts Education, Crafts, Creativity, Creative Work, Public Education, John Ruskin|
Assistant Professor and Program Director, Communication & Creative Media , Graphic Design & Digital Media, Champlain College, Burlington, VT, USA