I am a proponent of Visual Literacy. I've taught art at all levels from kindergarten to college. I paid for a six-week trip to many places in western Europe, in 2000, by taking my lunch to work every day for many years. I believe that both travel and sharing a meal with others does infinite good in breaking down barriers of all types. I wrote and edited large-scale assessments used as 'No Child Left Behind' tests for two years, in fine arts, language arts, and reading.