The Free Art School Rewriting The Future Of Creativity
Today's art-lovers and creatives find themselves in a sticky situation. Arts education is losing funding rapidly, politicians are increasingly ditching concern for creative subjects and accessing the industry is harder than ever. Especially for girls.
In order to empower young female artists to "be loud" and live out their creative potentials, School of Doodle is here to provide girls with a safe space to be arty. Launched by creative entrepreneur Molly Logan and her co-founder, film producer and philanthropist Sybil Robson Orr earlier this month, the virtual school is an online platform and creative community 'for girls by girls'.
Although it's just for female-identifying people, the incredible initiative's aim is to spark a more equal creative sphere, offering opportunity to the less fortunate. And backed by the likes of Courtney Love, Kim Gordon, Yoko Ono and Girls' Jemima Kirke, School of Doodle is pushing girls in the right direction for their careers in artistry.
Konbini: So what led you to forming School of Doodle?
Molly Logan: Khan Academy, an article about the Confidence Gap in women and the defunding of the arts and arts education. Khan Academy, which is an amazing resource for STEM-focused disciplines, begged the question: Why is there no Khan Academy for creativity?. Simultaneously, I was reading about the growing Confidence Gap in women.
For me, access to the arts was 100% responsible in developing critical skills like self-expression, tenacity, curiosity and most importantly, confidence. And finally, having worked to raise money for art projects, I was well aware of how under valued they are in our society and the frightening trend to not only defund but completely eliminate the arts in high school. So, voila, School of Doodle!
"Girls will be able to succeed in the future on their terms"
As governments everywhere try to sideline arts education, how is School of Doodle ensuring creative girls can reach their potential?
School of Doodle will give girls access to things high schools do not offer – ideas and lessons from great artists and thinkers; IRL and URL experiences that use creativity to build confidence, actual resources that girls might not be able to access or afford otherwise and, most importantly, a community of like-minded girls. We believe that by creating a space that takes teen girls seriously and giving them access to creative tools, girls will be able to succeed in the future on their terms.
Why is there such a lack of creative initiatives for young women at the moment?
That is the million dollar question! I have absolutely no idea other than the fact that we do not live in a world that sees women and girls as equal.
What advice would you give a young women unsure where to start to expand her creativity?
Just start. Don't judge it or yourself. Realise that every Instagram picture you post, the collage on your bedroom wall and the doodle in your notebook are pieces of your creativity.
"We do not live in a world that sees women and girls as equal"
Are boys free to join School of Doodle?
We are very cautious about using binary terminology. Doodle is an inclusive space for young people identifying as girl or non-binary. And, for those who identify as cis-male, boy etc etc, all Doodle produced content is public as well as any that girls choose to make public. Therefore, old, young, "male", "female", everyone can benefit from Doodle.
Join School of Doodle at their London launch event tomorrow April 30 at Protein Studios for a day of inspiring workshops, talks and activities. Confirmed so far is an exhibition by costume designer Christian Joy, a conversation with Maria Munir, music stylings of Chippy Nonstop and Skinny Girl Diet, The Mushpit magazine ladies giving a talk and the very impressive Glacier Girl talking creativity and climate change.
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By Lydia Morrish, published on 29/04/2016