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Universal Concern that Creativity is Suffering at Work and School

Aug 30, 2012

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The more research that I do I am finding that we are falling behind in our ability to be creative and support creativity at home, in schools and the workplace. Adobe released a study this past spring on how creativity is suffering. The results showed that Americans think their lack of time, money and tools are barriers to creativity. Rightly so, the American system is slowly grinding the gears of conceptual and critical thought to a halt by adopting an ideology that only looks at the productivity of test scores in the educational system. This has resulted in massive cuts to teachers jobs, and is disproportionately cutting History, Physical Education and both the Visual and Performing Arts.  The arts represents at least 37% of the entire population who are visual thinkers and problem solvers. This is why I am working on the Born to Draw Art Program because it is a way to bring drawing and the arts to children and adults, to get people to use their hands and minds once again.

See the www.borntodraw.com website  Let me know how we might be able to create a space where we can roll out the Born to Draw® art curriculum.

Universal Concern that Creativity is Suffering at Work and School

SAN JOSE, Calif. — April 23, 2012 — New research reveals a global creativity gap in five of the world’s largest economies, according to the Adobe® (Nasdaq:ADBE) State of Create global benchmark study. The research shows 8 in 10 people feel that unlocking creativity is critical to economic growth and nearly two-thirds of respondents feel creativity is valuable to society, yet a striking minority – only 1 in 4 people – believe they are living up to their own creative potential.

Interviews of 5,000 adults across the United States, United Kingdom, Germany, France and Japan expose surprising attitudes and beliefs about creativity, providing new insights into the role of creativity in business, education and society overall.

Workplace Creativity Gap The study reveals a workplace creativity gap, where 75% of respondents said they are under growing pressure to be productive rather than creative, despite the fact that they are increasingly expected to think creatively on the job. Across all of the countries surveyed, people said they spend only 25% of their time at work creating. Lack of time is seen as the biggest barrier to creativity (47% globally, 52% in United States).

Education Concerns More than half of those surveyed feel that creativity is being stifled by their education systems, and many believe creativity is taken for granted (52% globally, 70% in the United States).

“One of the myths of creativity is that very few people are really creative,” said Sir Ken Robinson, Ph.D., an internationally recognized leader in the development of education, creativity and innovation. “The truth is that everyone has great capacities but not everyone develops them. One of the problems is that too often our educational systems don’t enable students to develop their natural creative powers. Instead, they promote uniformity and standardization. The result is that we’re draining people of their creative possibilities and, as this study reveals, producing a workforce that’s conditioned to prioritize conformity over creativity.”

Creativity Rating: Japan Ranked Most Creative The study sheds light on different cultural attitudes toward creativity. Japan ranked highest in the global tally as the most creative country while, conversely, Japanese citizens largely do not see themselves as creative. Globally, Tokyo ranked as the most creative city – except among Japanese – with New York ranking second. Outside of Japan, national pride in each country is evident, with residents of the United Kingdom, Germany and France ranking their own countries and cities next in line after Japan.

The United States ranked globally as the second most creative nation among the countries surveyed, except in the eyes of Americans, who see themselves as the most creative. Yet Americans also expressed the greatest sense of urgency and concern that they are not living up to their creative potential (United States at 82%, vs. the lowest level of concern in Germany at 64%).

Generational and gender differences are marginal, reinforcing the idea that everyone has the potential to create. Women ranked only slightly higher than men when asked if they self-identified as creative and whether they were tapping their own creative potential.

Four in 10 people believe that they do not have the tools or access to tools to create. Creative tools are perceived as the biggest driver to increase creativity (65% globally, 76% in the United States), and technology is recognized for its ability to help individuals overcome creative limitations (58% globally, 60% in the United States) and provide inspiration (53% globally, 62% in the United States).

About the Adobe State of Create Study The study was produced by research firm StrategyOne and conducted as an online survey among a total of 5,000 adults, 18 years or older, 1,000 each in the United States, United Kingdom, Germany, France and Japan. Interviewing took place from March 30 to April 9. The data set for each country is nationally representative of the population of that country.

For more information on the research results visit Adobe State of Create Global Benchmark Study and Adobe State of Create Infographic.

The Nine Nobel Peace Laureates Call on NBC to Cancel “Stars Earn Stripes”

Aug 13, 2012

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From the Nobel Women’s Initiative

 

New show promotes an “inglorious tradition of glorifying war and armed violence”

Rigoberta Menchu Tum giclee print can be found in the shop and portfolio on this website

OTTAWA – August 13 – Nine Nobel Peace Laureates today issued an open letter to the Chairman of NBC Entertainment, as well as General Wesley Clark and others involved in the new “reality” show premiering tonight on NBC—“Stars Earn Stripes”—calling on them to walk away from the show immediately.

In the letter, the Laureates—who include Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Jody Williams and President Oscar Arias Sanchez—note that “war isn’t entertainment” and challenge NBC’s promotional line that that such a television program would be “pay[ing] homage to the men and women who serve in the U.S. Armed Forces and our first-line responder services.”

The Laureates say that the program pays homage to no one and is “a massive disservice to those who live and die in armed conflict and suffer its consequences long after the guns of war fall silent.” → Read more

 

From the Blog of Michael Roth

President, Wesleyan University

Posted: 07/11/2012 11:39 am http://www.huffingtonpost.com/michael-roth/jane-addams-education-and_b_1665027.html?view=print&comm_ref=false Creative Commons Attribution  4.0 license

Jane Addams portrait by Elaine Cimino from the ‘Women of Peace’ series

Giclee Prints  from the Women of Peace Series are available

Recently I’ve been reading early 20th century essays by Jane Addams, the dynamic activist, social reformer and anti-war crusader. Addams is best known as one of the founders of Hull House, a vital educational community center for civic engagement and neighborhood improvement in Chicago. Addams was a powerful force for democratic change in America, and she was also committed to the idea that education would serve democracy by allowing us to become more understanding of alternative points of view as we worked with one another.

Addams’ father rejected her wish to attend Smith College, where she had hoped to participate in the liberal arts education of her day. So, following intellectual success at seminary, she continued her education herself by studying some of the great works Western Culture has to offer. She also studied the industrial changes of her time, including the dramatic increases in extreme poverty and extreme wealth as the 19th century turned into the 20th (sound familiar?). But at some point she began to wonder if she was forever preparing herself for action instead of taking action. Had her education become a delaying tactic for dealing with the world? → Read more

 

Michael Heizer looked to find the right rock for 7 years

LOS ANGELES — The rock was the star as the Los Angeles County Museum of Art pulled the covers off artist Michael Heizer’s latest creation — a 340-ton boulder positioned to appear as though it’s floating in midair.

About a thousand people showed up under sunny skies in Los Angeles as the gigantic work titled “Levitated Mass” was unveiled Sunday on LACMA’s backyard, where it is intended to remain forever.

Its centerpiece is the two-story-tall chunk of granite that was hauled 105 miles from a Riverside rock quarry earlier this year. Since then, the rock has been carefully positioned above a 465-foot-long trench that museum visitors can stroll. → Read more

http://www.seanse.no/default.aspx?menu=180&id=153

THE WORLD´S FIRST INTERNATIONAL TEACHING ARTIST CONFERENCE SEANSE ART CENTER is proud to present the first international conference to focus on TEACHING ARTISTRY.   We invite artists, arts educators, administrators and interested professionals from all over the world to join us for an unprecedented three days of inquiry into this worldwide phenomenon, this rich opportunity, this growing trend.  WITH: ERIC BOOTH (USA), ANNA CUTLER(UNITED KINGDOM), GIGI ANTONI (USA), GRACE GACHOCHA (TANZANIA),  AMANDINA LIHAMBA (TANZANIA), HILARY EASTON (USA),  SARAH JOHNSON (USA), JUAN FELIPE MOLANO (COLOMBIA), JUAN ANTONIO CUELLAR (COLOMBIA), MARIT MOLTU (NORWAY), ANNE BAMFORD (UNITED KINGDOM), BRAD HASEMAN (AUSTRALIA), JOHANNES JONER (NORWAY) AND MARIT ULVUND (NORWAY)   The conference will take place at: The House of Literature August 29 -31, 2012 Oslo, Norway → Read more

I would love to attend these classes. If you can afford it you should do it. – The Constant Learner- Elaine Cimino

http://www.gse.harvard.edu/ppe/programs/prek-12/portfolio/arts-and-passion-driven-learning.html

What You Will Learn

Deepen your understanding of how learning takes place in and through the arts. Examine the role of engagement, connections, collaborations and communities in learning.

Presented in collaboration with The Silk Road Project Inc.

What You Will Learn

Deepen your understanding of how learning takes place in and through the arts. Examine the role of engagement, connections, collaborations and communities in learning. → Read more

press release

June 19, 2012, 9:00 a.m. EDT

Ovation And Americans For The Arts Kick Off $110,000 Innovation Grant Program Online Application Process Now Open http://www.americansforthearts.org/get_involved/membership/innovation.asp

SANTA MONICA, Calif. and WASHINGTON, June 19, 2012 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ — Continuing its quest to recognize the role artists play in revitalizing their communities, Ovation, the only network dedicated to art, artists and all forms of artistic storytelling, has partnered with Americans for the Arts, the nation’s leading organization for advancing the arts and arts education, and has opened the online application process for its new national grant program, innOVATION. The online submission site, available at http://www.americansforthearts.org/get_involved/membership/innovation.asp , will be accepting applications for the inaugural innOVATION Grant Program until 5p.m. ET on July 31, 2012. → Read more

Watercolor Classes for all levels of experience are being offered by Elaine Cimino at the Highland Senior Center, Albuquerque, NM

Costs: 8 lessons for $75.00 You will keep the supplies. Instructor will supply paper. Payment Methods: Cash, Check, SASE in center office or Paypal ecimino10(at)gmail(dot)com Total cost is $100.00. In case of a class cancellation due to illness there will be one makeup class given that is dependent on facility availability. This class builds on the other classes offered in this series. Where: Highland Senior Center Dates: July 7th to August 25th Times: Saturday Mornings 10am – until Noon Other: 8 week class to learn how to paint with watercolors. The classes will concentrate on painting still-life of fruit, vegetables, flowers and other still life objects. The goal of the class will be to build a portfolio of your images that will contribute to a book of poetry, greeting cards and/or a calendar.

July 7th Begins a new session Scan UR Code to Register For Classes or http://borntodraw.wufoo.com/forms/m7x3r3/ The drop down window has class offerings

Chakra #2 from the Chakra Series

Elaine Cimino Studios

Registration for Art Classes July through December 2012

at the Highland Senior Center

Please check a class and spark your creativity

o Learn Watercolor –July 7  – August 25th for 8 wks Cost: $75.00 o Pastel Workshop – September 22– October 27 for 6wks Cost: $65.00 o Drawing for the Holidays and Special Occasions- November 3 -December 15  for 6 wks Cost: $65.00

All Classes will be on Saturday mornings 10am – Noon

 

Method of payment

Cash, Check: Make payable to: Elaine Cimino Studios

Use SASE available at Senior Center Office

or use PayPal  http://www.paypal.com  for online payment

 

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Elaine Cimino Studios

Registration for Art Classes July through December 2012

at the North Valley Senior Center

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Please check a class and spark your creativity

o Learn Watercolor –July 17th  –September 11th for 8 wks Cost: $75.00 o Pastel Workshop – September 18th– October 30th for 6wks Cost: $65.00 o Drawing for the Holidays and Special Occasions- November 6th -December 18th  for 6 wks Cost: $65.00

All Classes will be on Tuesday Afternoons at 4:30pm – 6:30pm

Method of payment

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Cash, Check: Make payable to: Elaine Cimino Studios

Use SASE available at Senior Center Office

or use PayPal  http://www.paypal.com  for online payment

Instructions for PayPal, Go to PayPal website.

Click  “send money” Button You will send to my email address

Contact me through this website