“Art at its most significant is a distant early warning system that can always be relied on to tell the old culture what is beginning to happen.” Marshal McLuhan
The 12th Annual All Oakland Youth Talent Showcase was held at Laney College on Saturday, May 19. Bay Area non-profit Oakland Leaf sponsored this year’s showcase. Oakland Leaf transforms community “through creative education.” The theme, “Taking Back Oakland: The Heart of Resistance,” was chosen by youth leaders, so that Oakland young people could create their own vision of Oakland.
Art education is not a fringe concept. Elliot Eisner, Emeritus Professor Education at Stanford, popularized 10 Lessons That Arts Teach. When students practice art, students become better problem solvers. Students become more innovative. Young people always become better communicators.