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the original show—often recall that the first time they were exposed to people different from themselves was on “Sesame Street.” For example, Sesame Street may have provided their first exposure to an African-American person (who might have been sporting a huge Afro to boot!). Or, it may have been through “Sesame Street” that they learned to count in Spanish, before they even understood the concept of “another language.” Mothers and other caregivers who watch “Sesame Street” with their children often encounter a momentary reference to some contemporary event, offered in a way that delights preschooler and Mom (or other caregiver) alike. “Sesame Street” announces that “this show is brought to you by the number 3 and the letter Q,” and suddenly, all seems right with the world. Today, in its thrity-second season, the show is being developed to include an even greater emphasis on art and music—not so much as skills that are ends in and of themselves, but as vehicles that help children learn and cope. For example, in an upcoming series of episodes that will feature a hurricane coming to Sesame Street, Big Bird is distraught to learn that he has lost his nest in the storm. Other members of the community counsel him, which helps, but the real support comes when one of them suggests that if he misses his nest so much, he should draw a picture of it. Not only is his picture a comfort to him, but it also suggests a plan. If it can be drawn, it can be recreated, which teaches children not just how to cope, but also to begin to deal with adversity. In today’s complex world, in which the problems of adult life have begun to infiltrate the province of childhood, it is good that this wonderful Creator brand continues to provide such a rich and engaging way for preschoolers to learn and grow. Creator Organizations The prototype of the Creator organizational culture is an artist’s collective. People want great latitude to express their creativity, with a minimum of controls. The function of the collective structure is to provide a place to promote, develop, and market an artistic product. Dignity comes from the collective agreement about the importance of the creative process, so that people avoid “selling out” to the mar-

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