Thursday, April 21, 2016

what I can do this day.

today I'll put strings on this guitar
Our plans to build a new wood shop for the Eureka Springs School of the Arts have been pushed forward by receipt of a major grant, as was announced in our board meeting yesterday afternoon. That means that in addition to my regular work, I'll be involved in planning, and additional for a new woodworking building and equipment over the next year. Groundbreaking will probably take place in October with construction complete in time for occupancy in May or June.

This will likely be a major time sink and distraction for me, but a major enhancement for
our arts community.

Along with the construction, we are hoping to enlist new corporate donors to help fund construction of a dormitory for young students and lodging for visiting staff. By enlisting the support of corporations we hope to get the leaders of those corporations to better understand the value of hands-on learning.

The point, of course, is that we all learn in much the same manner if given a chance. The hands are essential. Adults learn to do by doing and learn to think by doing and reflecting on what they've done. And children are the same way as evidenced by what Piaget described as stages intellectual development. Those stages begin with the senses and development of the motor skills. The senses and motor skills thence form the foundation for all subsequent learning, and establish important values within human culture. By setting the hands and mind apart, we've lost the heart of learning.

Today in the wood shop I'll begin work on a chapter about making necks and put strings on the guitar shown above.

Make, fix, create, and extend to others the opportunity to learn likewise.

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