Here’s an excellent interview found by CMA Educator for Teacher and School Partnerships Jessimi Jones and forwarded to me by CMA Manager for Creative Initiatives Merilee Mostov.
According to his profile at ted.com, Robinson is a “visionary cultural leader [who] led the British government’s 1998 advisory committee on creative and cultural education, a massive inquiry into the significance of creativity in the educational system and the economy, and was knighted in 2003 for his achievements.”
Robinson does an excellent job of describing the importance of creativity in all areas of life. I especially appreciated his statement against a common misconception about creativity -
“…that it’s about special people—that only a few people are really creative. Everybody has tremendous creative capacities. A policy for creativity in education needs to be about everybody, not just a few.”
He also links creativity to critical thinking, which is another core value of CMA’s educational mission -
“[Creativity is] a process, not a single event, and genuine creative processes involve critical thinking as well as imaginative insights and fresh ideas.”
Throughout the next year I’ll be discussing the ways CMA is fostering creativity by introducing the new Center for Creativity, which will occupy the first floor of the renovated building. The entire Education department is hard at work developing each element of the Center, and I’ll be reporting on that as it happens. Of course, the Center won’t open until renovations are complete, so I won’t reveal everything (no spoilers, as they say).
-Jeff Sims, Educator for Adult Programs/Multimedia Producer