Organization Type: Academic Institutions

Art & Creativity

From the website:

Creativity is one aspect of personality that is characterized by novel and appropriate (or relevant) ideas, processes or objects. Creativity has been a tough concept to nail down precisely. For example, we have not yet been able to program computers to be innovative – they handle huge but predictable, rule-based decisions. What drives creative people to transform old ideas into new ones? How can creativity be cultivated or taught? One suggestion is that your environment should include a mix of challenge and involvement, freedom, trust, openness, playfulness, humor, conflict resolution, debates and risk taking. Once thought to be a sign of divinity or insanity, we now recognize that creativity is a complex cognitive process, even if the precise mechanisms are still unclear.

Take-Aways from the World’s First International Teaching Artists Conference

From the article:

In late August 2012, 130 eager individuals gathered for three days in Oslo, Norway, for the World’s First International Teaching Artist Conference. Representatives came from 23 countries, some with a clear sense professional identity as a “teaching artist,” others with mere curiosity about the term, all with a mix of experience and uncertainty about the hybrid way art and education combine and live in different cultures around the world. The delegations from the U.S. and Norway were larger than those from other nations, understandably, as the host country and the nation with the most developed history of teaching artistry. Perhaps we had the most to learn.

Ageism in America

From the Introduction to this study from The Anti-Ageism Taskforce at The International Longevity Center:

“…it must be noted that the status of older persons and our attitudes toward them are not only rooted in historic and economic circumstances. They also derive from deeply held human concerns and fears about the vulnerability inherent in the later years of life. Such feelings can translate into contempt and neglect.”

New England Conservatory

From their website: New England Conservatory (NEC) an independent, not-for-profit institution, is recognized internationally as a leader among music schools, educating and training musicians of all ages from around the world. With music students representing more than 40 countries, NEC cultivates a diverse, dynamic community for students, providing them with performance opportunities and high-caliber training by 225 internationally-esteemed artist-teachers and scholars. NEC pushes the boundaries of making and teaching music through college-level musical training in classical, jazz and Contemporary Improvisation. It offers unique interdisciplinary programs such as Entrepreneurial Musicianship and Community Performances & Partnerships that empower students to create their own musical opportunities. As part of NEC’s mission to make lifelong music education available to everyone, the Preparatory School and School of Continuing Education delivers training and performance opportunities for children, pre-college students and adults. Founded in Boston, Massachusetts in 1867 by Eben Tourjée, NEC created a new model of conservatory that combined the best of European tradition with American innovation. NEC is at the center of Boston’s rich cultural history and musical life offering concerts performed in NEC’s renowned venue Jordan Hall. Alumni go on to fill orchestra chairs, concert hall stages, jazz clubs, recording studios and arts management positions worldwide. New England Conservatory is authorized by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts to grant degrees and is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC).