What is the Difference between Knowing and Understanding?

timthumb[7]Rosie Kerr, MEd
Blogger – The Artistic Edge

I recently read a discussion on LinkedIn about this question and it reminded me of why the arts are so important to preparing children for their future.

Knowing in its traditional North American definition, means being familiar with something. Having the facts in your mind. You know how to drive a car, but do you understand how the car works? You know your husband, but do you understand him?

Understanding involves connecting the facts with a context and grasping how, when and why something exists or occurs. I think most of us know more than we understand. There are also, of course, things we will never fully understand.

One of Einstein’s jewels of wisdom was that, “Any fool can know. The point is to understand.” 
Knowing is just the beginning, and understanding is the end goal. Read More…

March is Save Our Schools Month

“I had incredible teachers. As I look at my life today, the things I value most about myself — my imagination, my love of acting, my passion for writing, my love of learning, my curiosity — all come from how I was parented and taught.” Read more…


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WOMEN IN THE ARTS & MEDIA COALITION, INC. will present the 2013 Collaboration Award recognizing Women Working with Women.

The $1,000 award is designed to encourage professional women in the arts and media from different specializations to work collaboratively on the creation of a new work. The aim of the award is to encourage women to work collaboratively with members of other unions and guilds. Each collaborative team must be comprised of female members of different Arts & Media associations, unions, guilds and affiliates of WAM Coalition. Read more

International Women’s Day

Today is International Women’s Day, an occasion celebrated every year on March 8 to pay tribute to the social, political and economic achievements of females across the globe. There are plenty of festive ways to honor this holiday (a Riot Grrrl karaoke party or a day spent protesting to make IWD founder Clara Zetkin proud?), but we decided to bring attention to the female artists we know and love in a slideshow dedicated to 10 women who are making a splash in 2013. Read more

I can think of a few women to celebrate for making a difference in the world of The Arts: How about Edie Falco? Angelina Fiordellisi? Andrea Bertola? Shellen Lubin? Who would you celebrate?