Creativity Crisis

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Google the topic and you will quickly learn there is a plethora of evidence that we have a “Creativity Crisis”. Studies in 2010 and a follow up in 2017 show that “children have become less emotionally expressive, less energetic, less talkative and verbally expressive, less humorous, less imaginative, less unconventional, less lively and passionate, less perceptive, less apt to connect seemly irrelevant things, less synthesizing, and less likely to see things from a different angle”.

In America creativity has been steadily declining since 1990 and creativity programs in our schools continue to be cut and face extinction. In the US music and arts, the building blocks for enhancing creativity, as well as other human “soft skills” are viewed as optional or peripheral. In Hungary, Japan, and the Netherlands they have long adopted mandates for arts and music education programs. Interestingly they consistently rank amongst the highest in math and science test scores too.

The answer is a balance of enriching and nurturing the left and right brain, nurturing the arts for all the benefits they bring and a school environment that is not constructed in a neurotypical biases focusing on standardized testing, using primarily auditory channels, and requiring sitting inactive for long periods of the day.

Mission: To preserve the arts, the creatives from whom they flow, and secure universal access to them.
Vision: To influence a World where the arts and artists are nurtured, valued and freely available to all.

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