Peanut Gallery Ranting: Art in Academics

Sorry I haven’t been around for a while. I’ve been taking a hiatus.

I like connections. I like connecting ideas or finding connections. Someone mentioned to me yesterday the idea of teaching about art in other academic disciplines, and now I have a bee in my bonnet about the whole concept.  I started mindmapping some thoughts. The mind-map isn’t comprehensive, it’s just a start at an attempt to show how the relationship and connections the arts have to other academic disciplines and explore the topics that could be covered in a course about the subject.

Click the image to view the larger map

Something bothers me (no, aggravates me) about how art, literature and music are received in our ‘practical’ western world.  Perhaps it’s the notion that such disciplines associated with the arts are easily removed or omitted from the curriculum because they have no ‘practical’ purpose or application (in business or the real world).   I should stop here with this line of thought before I become emotional about it.

Art and music are embedded in the sciences and mathematics in patterns and simple to complex structures.  We design we interpret and often imitate natural aesthetics and imagery in the design of objects. Do you remember that little film they used to show us in school called Donald Duck in Mathemagic Land (I actually own  a VCR copy of the this)? Literature opens windows and doors into how we think and act as a species.   How can we interpret how to use the other discipines effectively and be the truly flexible or creative beings that we are without developing a keen understanding, appreciation, and mastery of at least one or two areas of the arts! But some bureaucrats, business men and politicians can be proper dunces about the subject – 1 dimensional.




2 Responses to “Peanut Gallery Ranting: Art in Academics”

  1. 1 Liz April 2, 2007 at 4:54 pm

    nice blog. Loved the mindmap as well. What software are you using and was it a free download? I’m currently trying to map youth arts in Ireland for a client and have been really enjoying the research and thinking – and yeh – the whole – it’s a right not a privilege stuff.

  2. 2 nkilkenny April 2, 2007 at 6:35 pm

    Thank you! The software is called FreeMind and it is freeware, so you can do a google search on it.

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