In this 2012 TED talk, children’s book author and artist Jarrett J. Krosoczka discusses and advocates the importance of arts education. He describes his childhood with a mother who was a drug addict, in and out of jail, and how he formed a relationship with characters from books to help him cope. As he got a little older he was adopted by his grandparents who fostered his artistic ability and encouraged him to learn more. Jarrett was not active in sports so when the arts education fund was eliminated from his school he had to seek outside education for art and creativity at a local museum. When he got into high school he started at a private school. In an effort to make friends he would draw funny pictures of his teachers and share them with classmates. When he was caught by a teacher, instead of being disciplined the teacher suggested he draw for the high school newspaper. It was there he understood his love for having published work and how he might create a career out of it. As he got older he volunteered with different children’s groups and camps furthering his understanding of what he wanted to do out of high school.
I especially felt connected with this story as someone who more or less realized at a young age that my career path would be of the creative nature. It’s not always easy, and certainly not the most profitable path, but Jarrett does a great job of illustrating how a passion and a job can work as one if you’re willing to put in the time and effort required. Like him, I owe a lot to my educators throughout middle and high school for helping me understand how to funnel my talent into something that could sustain me as an adult.
Jarrett J. Krosoczka: How A Boy Became An Artist
Filmed: October 2012 at TEDxHampshireCollege
Accessed: April 25th, 2014