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7. No One’s Mom Ever Made Them Go To Art School: Defying Expectations & Breaking the Mold, with Melanie Corn
Episode 720th January 2020 • Gravity • Brett Kaufman
00:00:00 01:10:59

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Dr. Melanie Corn, President of the Columbus College of Art & Design, shares the story of breaking the mold in your family, your community, your society, and yourself. We explore how our childhood experiences shape us — the good and the bad — and what schools can do to better support children today, especially when it comes to mental health.

What Brett asks:

  • [9:10] It sounds like you had an almost idealistic childhood. Is that fair?
  • [17:10] Did the end-of-the-world nuclear war messaging seep in and shape you as a child?
  • [18:30] Can you tell us about what it was “supposed to be like” growing up as a girl and the societal limitations you experienced? How did that play out for you?
  • [23:20] Can you connect the dots between the positive and negative messaging you get from both your family and society growing up? How does that play out as you move through high school and college?
  • [27:30] How did the creative part of you start to emerge and take shape?
  • [38:00] It may not sound like that big a deal today, but it sounds like you’re breaking a mold in your community, in your family, in your society, and in yourself — and it sounds like the girl dragging the keg is the thing that really gets you to break that mold!
  • [43:00] Tell us about why you came back to the Midwest and what you’re creating now. What is your vision for CCAD and how are you using all of this life experience to create it?
  • [51:25] Are we all born creative? And how are you honoring this new way of being creative?
  • [1:01:20] What are you doing to tackle the mental health aspect of the college experience?

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