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What do you see when you look at the picture above? The obvious answer is a group of interesting teenagers, perhaps a range of ages 13-18, assembled in front of some cool artwork with some interesting looking adults who may be artists and educators. That is one perspective. The other perspective gets at the root of why I do what I do and the reason for One River.

I see a group of curious students who have been attending One River and an opportunity to help enlighten, inspire and develop these people into the most thoughtful, creative and confident young adults possible. I see a group that is excited to meet professional artists like Will Hutnick. This is a group who rarely get the chance to hear a real artist talk about creativity and art-making. I see something special at work.

I use the term perspective multiple times everyday. The Cambridge Dictionary defines perspective this way: “a particular way of viewing things that depends on one’s experience and personality”.

As an educator and someone who takes mentorship really seriously, I work with our teachers and our managers to teach them how to diagnose what makes people tick. This is the baseline for becoming a good coach or a good teacher. The logic here is that you can’t get the most out of someone if you don’t understand their innate tendencies, which are driven by their wiring and their past experiences.

Once we get to know our students, our job is to take them on a journey. Whatever their goals in life, Doctor, Lawyer, Engineer or Artist, problem solving and creative thinking may be the key attributes that differentiates them from those who simply think in a one dimensional fashion.

At One River School, we make art-making fun and generate compelling outcomes. It is my perspective that this is a fundamental requirement for people of all ages and all walks of life.