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Applied Creativity: From Collaboration to Community Action

This course is expected to run but has not yet been scheduled.

Course Description

What is creativity? Why is creativity such an important aspect of leadership development and social change? How can creativity be cultivated in each of us, allowing us to engage with a diverse array of perspectives?

In this course, students will 1) study the creative process, 2) engage in activities that stimulate creativity, and 3) apply the creative process to social issues that they are passionate about. Students will examine the essential ways in which creativity helps to reframe problems and will learn a wide variety of divergent thinking techniques. Class exercise will include creative writing, performance, story-telling, musical improvisation, and visual art. Students will have ample opportunity to improve their group problem solving and critical thinking skills through a variety of interactive and collaborative assignments, including the development of an original piece to share informally with an outside audience. All students will also develop an Action Plan for a project that they will bring back to their home community.

The only prerequisite for this course is an interest and desire to explore and cultivate one’s own creativity. No proficiency or ability in any art form is required and students interested in fields other than art or performances are encouraged to participate.