Schools More Need Real Art

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Those brightly-colored cinder blocks stand in the Tin Roof bar in Nashville, Tennessee. They also stand in bright contrast to the drab grey or off-white cinder blocks that made up the walls of nearly all my classrooms from Kindergarten to college.

But this is exactly what we need in schools. We need color. We need art. We need Monets, Picassos, and Van Goghs inspiring and molding young minds. At the very least, we need something more than mass-produced cartoon characters and blank bricks.

Our schools need walls that are more like this...

Our schools need walls that are more like this...

.... and walls that are less like this.

.... and walls that are less like this.

I don't know the best way to get more art into more schools, but I know that exposure to real art is better for the brain than exposure to no art. And I think we should figure out a way to do it.

What do you think?

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