This paper was an introduction to the mini-conference, “The Conference as Ritual: The Sacred Journey of the Art Educator,” organized by Harold Pearse, Cynthia Taylor and myself for the NAEA Convention in Los Angeles, April 1988. Art educators from Canada and the United States along with Dr. Michael Owen Jones, author and director of the Folklore and Mythology Center at UCLA (our non-participant observer) looked at our annual spring pilgrimage to various hotels in the United States from historical, psychological, philosophic, structural, and ethnographic perspectives. As the introduction to the mini-conference, my paper specifically recounts the ways that I, an individual presenter, have tried to break out of the ritual forms of presentation through the years.


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