The Tang Teaching Museum at Skidmore College
My wife and I spent the weekend visiting my son Jason at Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs. I don’t know how we got here, but my boy is on the precipice of turning 21 and his maturation into his adult self makes me so proud. Skidmore has had a lot to do with it and I believe the Tang Museum on campus is a model that other schools need to deploy.
If you know anything about Skidmore, it is a liberal arts school that really does a wonderful job celebrating curiosity. Jason is a music major who has access to great programs in his vertical, but also has access to inspirational visual arts via the Tang Teaching Museum where he also worked last year. They exhibit contemporary art and bring their artists to campus to make personal connections and help to demystify some of the nuances of making art and living the life of an artist.
I often tell people that when I was a kid, every important artist was a dead artist. Today, we live in a period where art has never been more popular and at the same time it remains highly misunderstood. I share some of the same goals as the Tang…celebrate artists and art-making and make it less theoretical so more people will embrace, learn about, engage with and support artists.
One River has an inspiration in Saratoga Springs in the Tang. And, I have an extra special person in my life who gets to live it and celebrate it there.