Art Education Opportunities: Assessment of an Art Community in Northeastern Wisconsin
Technical colleges are successful at providing education, training, and development of a skilled workforce, but usually lack a strong arts program as it is not seen as a practical skill in a technical career path. However, research has shown that art provides valuable skills that can be utilized in technology based occupations as well as give students and employers the competitive edge in the global economy.
This paper investigates the views of local artist, members of art organizations, and art enthusiasts to determine the level of interest in art programs being offered at the local technical college.
The paper summarizes the results of an exploratory study using artists and art enthusiasts as the data source. The study had the following aims: to gain a understanding of the level of community interest in attending an art workshop taught by a Master Artist; to gain a understanding of the types of art workshops the community was interested in; and to gain a understanding of any additional art educational opportunities the art community was interested in.
Keywords: Visual Artist, Art Events, Art Education Defining the Audience, Art and Economic Development, Technical College, Higher Education
Susan B Hopf Lemerond
Master's Student and Assistant to CIO, Information & Instructional Technology, Northeast Wisconsin Technical College