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When I was a student at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, my family came to see our graduation thesis show. While taking my grandma around the gallery, I asked her what she thought and felt. Her embarrassed response, “oh, I don’t know, I don’t really get all this,” shocked and saddened me. How could she so distrust or dismiss the value of her own experience to not be able to speak, even if just to declare something crap? Why was her take-away alienation, while for me and for many of us, making art and being creative transforms and, at times, saves our lives?


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