FROM THE WASHINGTON POST
“Ongoing research suggests that creativity may be key to healthy aging. Studies show that participating in activities such as singing, theater performance and visual artistry could support the well-being of older adults, and that creativity, which is related to the personality trait of openness, can lead to greater longevity.”
James C. Kaufman focuses on “everyday creativity” when teaching his introduction to creativity course at the University of Connecticut. The phrase refers to ordinary tasks such as parenting, yard landscaping, or giving advice.
“Creativity can be cultivated by following passions both old and new. Try not to compare yourself to genius creators or be so focused on the outcome that the process stops being fun.”
I came across this news story from the BBC. It documents how everyday people are turning something sad and negative into the precise opposite. There is a trigger warning at the beginning of the video.
More than 400 people called or wrote in to The Seattle Times to answer what they look forward to doing once the world gets back to a more pre-pandemic normal life, including me. Responses hit the streets today in the Sunday edition.
What are you most looking forward to?
So what is actually happening to your brain when you get ‘Zoom fatigue’?
“You’ve heard the complaints, and you may have even experienced it yourself: the exhaustion that comes from too much videoconferencing. But, if traditional face-to-face meetings also make us yawn, then what is about the digital version that makes us feel even worse?”
What are your thoughts about Zoom? Should more offline classes be offered? Should Path with Art explore other ways of connecting?
Whatever your opinions, we want to hear from you. Send your comments to email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.
HOW CIVIC ENGAGEMENT THROUGH
THE ARTS CAN DRIVE SOCIAL CHANGE
“An organization called Path with Art in Seattle, Washington, offers a small case study of how civic engagement through the arts can drive social change. Started in 2008 by a group of women who had experienced the healing power of art in their own lives and decided to share it at a local women’s shelter, Path with Art has since grown into one of the ‘most all-encompassing arts and homeless organizations found in North America.’”