Josh Awend & Robyn Stoller Awend | Pratfalls of Parenting Ep 28

“What if they don’t like the arts?”

This episode features improviser Josh Awend and print-maker Robyn Stoller Awend. Josh talks about spending a lot of time as a kid at his dad’s work hiding in a closet drawing and creating and how that fostered an interesting in doing creative work.

Robyn shares her early love for the scented marker both as a tool for drawing and a multi-sensory creative tool. And she talks about studying experimental print-making and learning about the science behind print-making.

Robyn talks about how her mother pushed her to try many different kinds of art practices when she was young. And Josh shares how his mothers interest in and skill at creative design work and his dads work in upholstery made creativity seem like a natural part of the work life.

“Once we decided we were going to grow our family I knew my art needed to be put on the back burner for a time”

Robyn talks about spending too much time away from making art and the challenges of rebuilding a regular practice of art making. And the hope that she will someday be able to incorporate her kids into the work.

Josh talks about worrying about his kids someday seeing him perform improve and what they will think of him as a performer.

“How can you not like Han Solo, what are you talking about?”

Robyn and Josh talk about not wanting to push her kids into an interest in what they love but rather trying to expose them to as many different things as possible in the hopes that they’ll find valuable things to care about on their own. And Josh shares an experience of exposing his daughter to a non-traditional cultural experience.

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