International Journal of Art & Design Education

Generic Arts: an Expedient Myth

Volume 11.1   1992



This paper presents a direct critique of the NCC Arts in Schools project and '...the highly questionable and superficial supposed rationale offered by the Project'. Best offers a pointedly philosophical argument against the notion of 'generic arts', claiming that, within the Project's theoretical framework, there is no valid justification for such a construct. He portrays the advocacy of generic arts as opportunistic and expedient: as '...straw-clutching for those arts with no projected independent place in the National Curriculum'. Best acknowledges the potential value of collaboration and of co-operative ventures between discrete arts subjects, but in particular cases rather than as a general principle. Any such projects should only be undertaken as a result of the professional judgement of individual arts teachers.