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Creative Thinking Sparks Youth Innovation

Monday, March 16, 2015
DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities to Convene Creativity and Teaching Workshops

Creative thinking is increasingly seen by experts in the field of education as an essential life skill to be cultivated in youth. This month, as part of National Arts Education Month, the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities (DCCAH) engages the District’s arts and education communities in dialogues and workshops to encourage both creative teaching and parenting.  Two seminars are free and open to the public on March 20 and March 24.

PUBLIC SEMINARS

●     Friday, March 20, 2015 at 7:30 pm. Free and open to the public.
Sitar Arts Center, 1700 Kalorama Rd NW, Washington, DC
Edward Clapp (Project Zero, Harvard University): http://www.gse.harvard.edu/faculty/edward-clapp) will share data and case studies to demonstrate the importance of cultivating creative thinking as a necessary 21st Century skill.

●     Tuesday, March 24, 2015 at 7:00 pm. Free and open to the public.
R.I.S.E. Demonstration Center, 2730 Martin Luther King Jr Ave SE, Washington, DC 20032. The 3rd Gate located on the campus St Elizabeth’s East.
Dr. Roberta Golinkoff (Dept. of Cognitive Sciences, University of Delaware: http://udel.edu/~roberta/) will offer a lecture/seminar on the importance of creativity for the development of necessary brain development in pre-school children. The session will include a hands-on activity exploring creative thinking for participants.

Throughout the month, the DCCAH embarks on activities to foster creativity and build bridges between public schools and arts organizations. The activities include interactive discussions and workshops with experts in the field of creativity that will provide a platform for building an understanding among parents/caregivers, teachers and principals as to the importance of nurturing creativity. The Commission will coordinate workshops between schools and arts organizations to facilitate exchange and opportunities for creative teaching.

“Creativity is a muscle that must be exercised,” says Edmund C. Fleet, DCCAH Chair. “Teachers, parents, and caregivers working with our youth play an important role in strengthening the creativity muscle.  Through the acquisition of creativity, our youth have a real opportunity to become more engaged, empowered and fully-realized young citizens, and, ultimately contributors to a more innovative and robust economy.”

“We are pleased that this project resonates with the vision of Mayor Bowser's administration as it represents a ‘fresh start’ and fosters meaningful relationships between local arts organizations and schools," says Lionell Thomas, DCCAH Executive Director.

As part of its commitment to supporting the bourgeoning of a creative and innovative workforce, and supporting the training that is necessary to ensure workforce readiness, the DCCAH will curate a series of 100+ workshops/events across all eight wards led by its arts grantees. Working with experts in the field of arts education, creativity and child development, the DCCAH will engage grantees to include creativity and creative thinking in their respective programs.

About the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities
The DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities (DCCAH) provides grants, professional opportunities, education enrichment, other programs and services to individuals and nonprofit organizations in all communities within the District of Columbia so that all District of Columbia residents and visitors can experience the rich culture of our city.  The Arts Commission is supported primarily by District government funds and in part by the National Endowment for the Arts.