National Arts in Education Week

I was reading an article about the genius of Michelangelo’ s architecture, and how few people other than architects realize how influential a designer he was because his other outputs (paintings, sculptures) were more idolized. Another article I read was about using biomass and algae to create oil. The connection is “genius thinking”, or sometimes called, “lateral thinking”/”thinking outside the box”. Does this type of thinking flourish in a pencil and paper world of testing? Where does this type of mind get nourishment? Wonderful teachers exist in all content areas, but creative thinking, the kind of thinking that happens every day in “the arts”, is where our innovators of the future develop the habits of mind today. Beyond the concrete proof of brain scans during creative exercises, isn’t the world a more refined and beautiful place when we have art? “Creativity is also seen as being increasingly important in a variety of other professions. Architecture and industrial design are the fields most often associated with creativity, and more generally the fields of design and design research. These fields explicitly value creativity, and journals such as Design Studies have published many studies on creativity and creative problem solving.[66]
Fields such as science and engineering have, by contrast, experienced a less explicit (but arguably no less important) relation to creativity. Simonton[14] shows how some of the major scientific advances of the 20th century can be attributed to the creativity of individuals. This ability will also be seen as increasingly important for engineers in years to come.[67]
In a recent global survey of approximately 1600 CEO’s, the leadership trait that was considered to be most crucial for success was creativity.[68] This suggests that the world of business is beginning to accept that creativity is essential for all employees in all industries, rather than being simply the preserve of the creative industries.” source:


~ by lgirbino on September 12, 2010.

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