========[ Invite a Friend - http://www.ganoksin.com/invite.htm ]========
My PhD work was on this concept. My reason about why this is
happening, which I will be presenting at NAEA (National Arts
Education Assiciation) Conference next month in New Orleans, is the
fact that the world is in a "renaissance" where the arts/artists are
looked at as philosophers once were. THey are merging globalization,
humanities and social issues together. What is happening now is what
Dr. Suzanne Lacy refers to as the "Great Turning", where the world is
tired of technology, impersonalization, and 'fast' communities. The
younger generations are now opting for DIY activies, learning
domesticated crafts such as knitting, spinning(yarn), needlepoint and
quilting. These interests result in envoronmental and humanitarian
choices that better society as a whole and create kinder communities.
Good luck with your speech, I know you will do great. If you need any
more help, feel free to ask.