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Steven Berlin Johnson: Instead of building cathedrals in learning, we need to learn to build cathedrals  ☆

The anticipation for Steven Berlin Johnson’s closing keynote address was palpable. The celebrated author and Columbia alumnus was about to wrap-up a day and a half of activities, which included experiential workshops, a panel discussion about creativity, intimate midday artistic salons and a lot of conversation in the TC hallways about how to effectively foster …

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Creativity and Collaboration: Nick Sousanis on Comics and Classrooms 


Reposted from Arts & Humanities. Written by alex.

On Friday afternoon, comics artist and TC doctoral student, Nick Sousanis, stood in front of a room of educators, art-educators, and artists, and conducted a discussion of the aesthetic, philosophical, and pedagogical elements that go into creating his comics. His images reject simple illustration, instead searching for ways to “use visual metaphor in a narrative …

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Creativity, Imagination, and Innovation Seminar 

Following is something of a Cliffs Notes version of The Creativity, Imagination, and Innovation Seminar on Friday, April 29.  TC Professor Megan Laverty thanked the panelists for speaking “…with great diversity and continuity,” which was spot-on praise for the event.  If you attended this seminar and would like to tell us your thoughts, or if …

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Creative Haftecks: How would you define Creativity?  ☆

A post about the creativity salon hosted by Dr. Lori Custodero and Claire and Lucie Hafteck, which took place as part of the Creativity, Imagination, and Innovation Symposium, Friday, April 29, 2011.

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Sailing to…where? It’s open for interpretation.  ☆

An old man, scrawny and downtrodden, caught between life and a fast approaching death, reflecting on the beauty of life while pondering the possibility of an afterlife. Sensual music, a golden mosaic, holy fire, an undulating sea, and a heart sick with desire, fastened to a dying animal. The holy city of Byzantium: A mythical …

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Food for Thought: An open conversation about creativity 

Artist, musician, and arts administrator Eric Oberstein is another creative mind who hosted one of the inter-generational salons on Friday afternoon at the Symposium. A series of questions arose around the incorporation of the arts into the university setting, and on art and creativity in general. Here, I’ll pose some of these questions and mention …

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The Biography of an Idea  ☆

Have you every thought about how ideas are formed or the process by which they are born? Edward Clapp, editor of 20 Under 40: Re-inventing the Arts and Arts Education for the 21st Century, has done just that. I was able to sit in on Clapp’s Salon at the Symposium on Friday afternoon as he …

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Art Cart Artists Hit the Stage and the Salon 

A fantastic look at the Symposium's Art Cart panel discussion yesterday afternoon and the stories of the "Aging Artists" from the Inter-Generational Salons that followed. By Amy Lombard...


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Friday, April 29, 2011: Blogging live from the Flourishing In + Surviving the Creative Life panel discussion, moderated by TC Professor Joan Jeffri, Director and Founder, Art Cart:  Saving the Legacy. This was an amazing session where Professor Jeffri brought together a panel of creatives to illustrate the many different ways throughout their lifespans that …

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Creating Worlds with Photomontage 

First live blog from Thursday evening! And our Friday morning seminar is getting started!


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Thursday, April 28, 2011…blogging live from the Creativity, Imagination + Innovation Symposium. I’ve just left the “Creating Worlds with Photomontage” experiential workshop, led by Assistant Professor of Art Education Olga Hubard.  Amazing session—100% hands on. Attendees walked into the classroom and were greeted by a table covered with glossy, evocative clippings from magazines.  Some clippings …

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One day down, one fablous day to go! 

Last night's kickoff to the Creativity, Imagination, and Innovation in Education Symposium at TC was a smashing success. Attendees enjoyed wine and cheese at the opening reception, followed by words of welcome by co-chair Dr. Margaret Crocco. Experiential workshops allowed attendees to tap into their creativity through a wide array of mediums, including digital story …

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The Creativity Symposium hits TC!  ☆

After much of planning,  build up, and excitement, The Creativity, Imagination, and Innovation in Education Symposium is finally here! Registration begins at 6:00pm in Zankel's main hallway (just inside the main entrance to TC) and refreshments will be served in the Everett Lounge. Attendees will find which workshop they've been assigned to (based on the …

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The countdown is on…  ☆

There are only four days until the Creativity, Imagination, and Innovation in Education Symposium at Teachers College and preparations are in full swing as we put together an event that will be thought-provoking, enlightening, and inspirational for all attendees. The Art Education department will help us countdown to Thursday by providing a variety of  public …

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Social Issue Media Festival 

The Symposium is just around the corner, and if the exciting events of Thursday and Friday weren't enough, TC will also be hosting the Social Issue Media Festival on Wednesday, April 27th from 5-6:30 with a reception to follow. If you're interested in creativity, this is another TC event that you should check out! Visit …

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Where to eat… 

After Friday morning's Seminar on Creativity, Imagination, and Innovation (starting at 10:15am in Cowin Auditorium), you're on your own for lunch starting at noon. For those participants coming from out of the area, below is a list of some suggested dining establishments within walking distance (or a short cab ride) of Teachers College. Take a …

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Creativity Brown Bag 


Reposted from Arts & Humanities. Written by Carey Reed.

Written by Kate SheeranHow does creativity factor into the teaching of TESOL and Applied Linguistics? What about Social Studies or Technology? Professor Lori Custodero sat down with faculty from all over the college for two brown bag lunch discussions, on March 3rd and March 31st, to talk about the role of creativity in education and …

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Garage Band: An experiment in democratic music education 

In our consideration of how creativity is manifested, it’s natural to immediately jump to music and art. But musicians aren’t all that creative or innovative. At least that’s what Randall Allsup, Assistant Professor of Music Education at Teachers College, would say. Dr. Allsup argues that musicians, at least those trained in the traditional or classical …

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Interpreting Poetry Through the Visual and Performing Arts  ☆

It has been said that poetry is meant to be performed. When we deliver poems out loud, to an audience, they take on a whole new life. The energy and emotion that a live poem exudes is altogether different than that of a poem read silently to oneself. As one of the Symposium’s Thursday …

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Creating New Worlds with Photomontage  ☆

montage (mɒnˈtɑːʒ, French mɔ̃taʒ) — n 1. the art or process of composing pictures by the superimposition or juxtaposition of miscellaneous elements, such as other pictures or photographs The art of montage can be seen in an array of artistic mediums. Participants in Thursday evening's experiential workshop will explore the interface between montage and photography. …

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University Seminar on Innovation in Education, with Lori Custodero & Margaret Crocco  ☆

Recently, a Columbia University Seminar took place in TC's Gottesman Library to discuss the Creativity, Imagination, and Innovation in Education Symposium. Hosted by Ron Gross, the conversation centers around the themes of the Symposium, and such questions as What is creativity and why is it important? What threatens the cultivation of creativity in today's students? …

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