Why is Creativity Important and What Does it Contribute?
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Following on from last week’s blog, this second reflection developed by youth workers and artists in Cork as part of the Creativity and Change programme is on the role of creativity in contributing to the competences, values, attitudes and characteristics we want to nurture in ourselves and others to grow as global citizens.
The reflections were not just theory. Thirty people immersed themselves in creativity, reflection and connection to each other. The following reflections emerge from this shared experience.
Why is Creativity Important What Does It Contribute?
Creativity engages the mind.
Creativity frees the mind in a way that enables a person to absorb knowledge more easily. It makes processing learning more efficient
Creativity enables alternative ways of thinking.
It unblocks old patterns or habits of thinking. It allows for non-linear thinking.
Creativity enables empathy.
Creativity connects us to ourselves.
It opens our hearts and doors to our mind. It brings us to hidden parts of ourselves. It allows recognition of uniqueness and identity. It can help draw out what is already there within – hidden talents and inner capacities can emerge. It connects us with our passions.
Creative participation nurtures a sense of togetherness.
It brings people together and can nurture skills in teamwork and cooperation.
Creativity can connect reflection with action.
Creativity builds intercultural connections.
It connects us to different cultures and sub-cultures.
Creativity nurtures confidence.
Creativity builds confidence. When they are confident, young people are less easily influenced by others
Creativity instills curiosity.
It encourages questions.
Creative expression gives a voice.
It can help capture ideas, thoughts and visions about the world. Young people can
advocate for themselves and for others.
Creativity is participatory and interactive.
When engaging with creativity, young people are not passively listening/absorbing, but are exploring, discovering and communicating. It can support young people to be more active and present as members of society.
Creativity stimulates and motivates.
Creativity brings us beyond words.
It allows exploration and communication beyond the limitation of words.
Creativity is fun and joyful and surprising.
Creativity keeps the mind active.
Creativity engages different learning styles.
Creative methods enable engagement through a variety of learning styles. Everyone learns and engages differently.
Creativity allows us to view and solve problems more openly and with innovation.
Creativity opens the mind.
A society that has lost touch with its creative side is an imprisoned society, in that generations of people may be closed minded. It broadens our perspectives and can help us overcome prejudices.
Creativity inspires collective thinking.
Creativity nurtures ideas.
Creativity supports resilience.
You can access the two publications developed during the week together at
Creativity. Resilience and Global Citizenship, Explorations, Reflections and Recommendations.
Jessica Carson is a freelance trainer, facilitator artist and consultant. Her experience spans work in the cultural sector, non-formal education and third level education, where she supports, develops, manages and delivers programmes. Her work reflects a strong belief in the transformative potential of creative engagement. Along with her colleague Nora Furlong, she coordinates a programme called Creativity and Change in CIT Crawford College of Art and Design. The programme includes an accredited level 8 Special Purpose Award, international youthwork training and regional training for youth workers. She is a trainer on the Leargas training network for the youth sector. She has also developed and managed projects and actions through this programme in seminars, exchanges and volunteering. Jessica maintains her practice as a visual artist and has carried out a number of international residencies.Jessica says: "Over the next few posts I am sharing my thought about the connection between creativity and global citizenship.The first post shares some of my journey in creativity that lead me to place importance on the theme of global citizenship. The next post is a personal reflection of my desires, values, and motivations in my work in creative engagement and an encouragement to others to reflect on their practice.In the third and fourth posts, I share learning and experience from a programme that I delivered with an international group of youth workers, who were exploring the connection between creativity, well-being and global citizenship."