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Quitting Your Day Job: How Arts Grants are Helping Artists Build a Career in St. Louis

July 13, 2017

When we talk about arts education, the conversation often focuses on the students rather than the teachers. 

Arts & Education Council
July 13, 2017

When we talk about arts education, the conversation often focuses on the students rather than the teachers. This week we sat down with Michael Parrett, teaching artist and director of community programs at Craft Alliance (an A&E grantee) , to learn how teaching has shaped him as an artist and an individual.

“What I really enjoy is the making process and seeing what art does to kids who have never had experience with art,” says Parrett. “The change that happens to somebody when they’re out of control, and they come into the clay studio and they’re working with their hands, and they suddenly find this calmness within them – it gives me goosebumps. It’s really neat to see how artwork can affect and change individuals and communities.”

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