And now onto other creative topics. Like this. Please, take a moment to let your Representative know how you feel about this issue. And if you aren't certain about the need to preserve funding for the arts, read this article about the creativity crisis in the States. Studying creativity, measuring it, teaching it, and looking at ways to foster creativity in the classroom with project based learning...all very interesting stuff, but this section really stood out for me:
I want to print that last line out and post it around the house. It's a good reminder for all of us, isn't it?Having studied the childhoods of highly creative people for decades, Claremont Graduate University’s Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi and University of Northern Iowa’s Gary G. Gute found highly creative adults tended to grow up in families embodying opposites. Parents encouraged uniqueness, yet provided stability. They were highly responsive to kids’ needs, yet challenged kids to develop skills. This resulted in a sort of adaptability: in times of anxiousness, clear rules could reduce chaos—yet when kids were bored, they could seek change, too. In the space between anxiety and boredom was where creativity flourished.