My professional life is well documented on my website, which got a facelift this month. I do hope you will go there for a visit: www.workforcelearning.com
My other life, however, is something that may come as a surprise to many. It is my passion for the visual arts. The only evidence of my artistic life is the mention in my bio that I have a doctoral degree in art education.
How did I make the transition from art teacher to business owner? That is a long and complicated story, but suffice it to say that as my business has grown, I have increasingly felt the need to bring the two parts of myself together. So earlier this fall, I participated in a 12-week intensive study at the Smithsonian American Art Museum (SAAM). Beginning in January, I will be a videoconference docent, presenting interactive art-appreciation talks with schools throughout the United States using artworks from the SAAM collection.
I am so excited about this accomplishment, for being a student again after all these years was humbling. It was also invigorating, life changing, and has inspired me in ways that have yet to play out. I share more details below about the lessons I have learned from this experience.
In this month’s book review (right), I offer a little more food for thought and encourage you to pick up Five Minds for the Future, by Howard Gardner.
As we enter the holiday season, I want to thank you for all of your business and support, and look forward to 2011 being a year filled with learning, prosperity, and joy. Happy holidays! — Alice Waagen, President Workforce Learning