Graduation Year


Document Type




Degree Name

Doctor of Education (Ed.D.)

Degree Granting Department

Curriculum and Instruction

Major Professor

Elizabeth Shaunessy-Dedrick, Ph.D.

Co-Major Professor

Sarah Kiefer, Ph.D.

Committee Member

Howard Johnston, Ph.D.

Committee Member

Keith Berry, Ph.D.


Emotions, Flow, Motivation, Quantum creativity


There exists a cognitive dissonance between the current state of educational delivery systems and the preparatory needs of the non-traditional student who desires a professional life outside of the cultural norm. The aspiring professional painter, musician, poet, actor, novelist, photographer, or dancer all fall into an educational category that is not properly served by current pedagogical design at all levels. In order to address this problem of practice we must first identify common themes present in a non-conformist, entrepreneurial life progression though the formative years. To that end I will begin with a presentation of my own story, which encompasses all of the critical phases of the journey travelled by a professional artist. The overall objective is to illuminate each challenge faced by the singular artist as they progress though the phases of life and career. Then, utilize the discoveries to suggest alternative adjustments as to how this segment of the population can be nurtured and supported.

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