After reading Joseph Polisi’s eloquent yet true statement, I realized: when a student enters the room for a lesson, I am perhaps always thinking, ‘What will you do with this after you leave? How will you make a difference–and–make a living in your field of choice?’ The term President Polisi uses is ‘missionary’, which is quite appropriate, given that in order to keep the many facets of the arts alive will require perhaps more commitment to its survival than at any time before by our students today.
Even for people like myself, a graduate during the 1980s, the technology is now available for faster communication which did not exist in the 1980s. It has helped in exploring new ways to get new projects off the ground and communicate more cheaply than by regular mail and telephone. Though, sometimes, speaking with people on a telephone can get atleast two to three days of email correspondence done in five minutes in one phone call. There are pluses and minuses for both ways to communicate. However, with speed and easier access to everything, the ideals we hel in high regard of the arts in the 20th century, must be adhered to by our teachers and students for the ultimate survival of these crafts. We are fortunate to have people like Joseph Polisi and many fantastic administrators across the globe that see the trends of society, and the new responsibilities of everyone to uphold these traditions.