People have strong opinions about art. They will often draw a line in the sand concerning what they feel is art or what they may consider to be good art. Though I do enjoy a good debate every once and awhile, I do not believe it is my place to "defend" my perspective on art/good art. I do feel it is my place to "educate" others when the opportunity arises (in a non-condescending manner). I come from a place of exposure, in depth study, and diverse training from a multitude of instructors from multiple perspectives. This is not to say that my thoughts on art are "better", but it is informed differently than most. When others express their opinions, they are sharing out of their experience, understanding, and perspective. There is great value in this. As an "art person", I should listen, ask questions, and encourage others to think about/process/unpack their opinions/beliefs about art. If I remain open to what others are saying...they may remain open to learning, growing, and experiencing art. If I am closed off or try to shut them down, they will be less likely to open themselves up again. Plus..I can learn something new along the way!!