Monday, June 13, 2011

Irish Poet in Creativity Workshops in Arts and Ideas Fest

The International Centre for Creativity and Imagination will be hosting Anne F. O'Reilly, a poet from Dublin, Ireland. O'Reilly's readings and performances will be featured in three experiential creativity workshops during the International Festival of Arts & Ideas in New Haven, Connecticut.

The public is invited to register now for the "Unleash Your Creativity" workshop series, which includes the themes of "Embodying Creativity: Engaging Creative Collaboration Through Movement and Play" on June 18, "Creativity in the Workplace: Engaging Creativity, Design and Innovation in Organizations" on June 21, and "Composing a Creative Life on Purpose: Engaging Meaning in Life and Work" on June 25. Details and registration information can be found online at <http://www.appliedimagination.org/artidea>.

The workshops will help participants explore their creativity, learn tools for new ways of thinking and problem solving, find alternatives, get unstuck, discover others who value creativity, and engage creativity in the workplace. O'Reilly will use her own poetry, as well as others', as a tool to help participants explore and understand the creative process and their own creativity.

In her book, Sacred Play: Soul-Journeys in Contemporary Irish Theatre, O'Reilly writes: "The truly liberating space is that of play, which can turn the world upside down, and enable a new imagining."

In the "Embodying Creativity" workshop on June 18, O'Reilly will share how play creates the space for creativity and transformation in individuals, in organizations and in communities. Participants will experience several play- and movement-based explorations of personal and group creativity with facilitators leading the Pilobolus method, InterPlay, the Alexander Technique and Developmental Transformations.

O'Reilly also is the author a book of poetry, Singing from the Belly of the Whale and a CD of her poems, "Breathsong." For more than 30 years, she has been teaching and facilitating workshops in spirituality, creative writing and sacred poetry. She was a senior lecturer in religious studies in St Patrick's College Drumcondra until 2008, when she took early retirement and began working as a performance poet, celebrating the healing and transforming power of poetry. She brings to this work many years' training with voice, poetry by heart, sacred clowning, drama and meditation. O'Reilly's participation in the Festival is supported by Imagine Ireland, an initiative of Culture Ireland celebrating a year of Irish arts in America 2011.

Additional facilitators in the "Unleash Your Creativity" workshop series include Renee Jaworski, Pilobolus dancer and associate artistic director; Lisa Laing, Certified InterPlay Leader; L'Ana Burton, director of CDC Creative Dance Continuum and teaching artist for the Connecticut Commission on Culture and Tourism; Rachel Bernsen, Certified Teacher of The Alexander Technique; Carol Pollard, associate director of the Yale Interdisciplinary Center for Bioethics; Dorie Shallcross, author of Intuition: An Inner Way of Knowing; Lisa Furman, artist and associate professor, Albertus Magnus College; Evie Lindemann, assistant professor/clinical coordinator master of arts in art therapy program, Albertus Magnus College; and Alice Forrester, executive director, Clifford Beers Child Guidance Clinic.

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The "Unleash Your Creativity" series is curated by Steven Dahlberg, who heads the Connecticut-based International Centre for Creativity and Imagination and teaches "Creativity + Social Change" at the University of Connecticut. The centre is dedicated to applying creativity to improve the well-being of individuals, organizations and communities.

The series is presented by the International Centre for Creativity and Imagination, Albertus Magnus College, the Yale Interdisciplinary Center for Bioethics, AIGA Connecticut, and Connecticut Creates, in partnership with International Festival of Arts & Ideas. Additional support comes from Imagine Ireland.

The mission of the International Festival of Arts & Ideas is to create an internationally renowned festival in New Haven, Conn., of the highest quality with world-class artists, thinkers and leaders, attracting and engaging a broad and diverse audience celebrating and building community and advancing economic development.

Friday, June 10, 2011

Fest Best Bets: Creativity Workshops and Yo-Yo Ma

What might happen when a designer, an educator, an arts therapist, a bioethicist, an Irish poet and a dancer come together to share their approaches to creativity? An explosion of opportunity for YOU to "Unleash Your Creativity" during this experiential workshop series -- named by The New Haven Register as one of five "Fest Best Bets," along with Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble.

The series is comprised of three separate-but-related workshops that will help you explore, develop and apply your creative thinking and imagination in life and work. The workshops are on June 18, 21 and 25 during the International Festival of Arts & Ideas in New Haven, Connecticut. People from all backgrounds and types of work are invited to come and experience these interdisciplinary sessions.

Few would dispute the importance of imagination, creativity and innovation in education, work and society. Yet, the challenge lies in how to best tap into people's creative thinking abilities and channel that creativity to learning better, working smarter and building community differently.

Creativity is a mindset that EVERYONE - not only artists - can cultivate. This series is designed to address the HOW of creativity. The workshops will provide practical, concrete tools for understanding your own creativity, as well as how to engage others' creativity. You will learn how to remove the blocks that keep you from applying your imagination, how to think in new ways, and how to put creative ideas into action.

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Embodying Creativity: Engaging Creative Collaboration through Movement and Play
Saturday, June 18, 2011
9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Albertus Magnus College

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"Movement" allows us to see things in new ways. It changes our perspective. It engages our bodies in learning and thinking. When we move with others, we are challenged to collaborate. Movement is a great metaphor for the entire process of creative thinking, which is a cyclic, moving process.

This workshop will help you deepen your creativity through facilitated movement and play experiences. It is open to everyone -- whether you routinely ignore your body's creativity or you are an experienced dancer. No previous dance experience is necessary to participate, but be prepared to move.

We will be led by:

    * Pilobolus Dancer and Associate Artistic Director Renee Jaworski on "The Pilobolus Creative Workshop"
    * InterPlay leaders Lisa Laing and L'Ana Burton on "Diving into the Deep End of the Creative Pool … or Dipping Your Toes in to Test the Waters: Exploring the Practical Tools of InterPlay to Unlock the Wisdom of Your Body"
    * Certified Alexander Technique Teacher and Artist Rachel Bernsen on "Freedom To Change: A Workshop in the Alexander Technique "
    * Clifford Beers Child Guidance Clinic Executive Director Alice Forrester on "Introduction to Developmental Transformations: Exploring the Use of Improvisation and Movement in Personal Growth"

Plus, the day will be introduced by Anne O'Reilly, poet and author of Sacred Play: Soul Journeys in Contemporary Irish Theatre. Anne joins us from Dublin, Ireland, with support from Imagine Ireland.

Sign up now! Registration includes a ticket to the International Festival of Arts & Ideas performance of Susan Marshall & Company's Adamantine.

Creativity in the Workplace: Engaging Creativity, Design and Innovation in Organizations
Tuesday, June 21, 2011
12 to 4 p.m.
Yale University School of Art

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Creativity, design thinking and innovation are among the most important tools that organizations can deploy for surviving and thriving in today's complex, global environment.

Organizations such as Google, 3M and Apple routinely are touted as the most creative workplaces. Yet EVERY organization can learn how to better tap into and unleash creativity in every individual.

This includes how to foster environments that support rather discourage creative ideas, how to enhance creative abilities in individuals across all departments, and how to apply creative processes for group collaboration and problem solving.

This workshop will engage you in the creative process through design thinking, poetry and applied imagination. It will help inspire personal creativity for organizational innovation in everyday work. You will learn practical techniques for real-world application.

Facilitators include:

    * International Centre for Creativity and Imagination Director Steven Dahlberg
    * Poet and Author Anne O'Reilly
    * AIGA Connecticut President Rich Hollant

People from business, education, nonprofits, government and other sectors are welcome to participate.

Sign up now! Registration includes a ticket to the International Festival of Arts & Ideas "Ideas: How Pleasure Works" lecture by Paul Bloom and performance of Jack Hitt's Making Up the Truth.

Composing a Creative Life on Purpose: Engaging Meaning in Life and Work
Saturday, June 25, 2011
9 a.m. to 4 p.m
Albertus Magnus College

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    "We have to realize that a creative being lives within ourselves, whether we like it or not, and that we must get out of its way, for it will give us no peace until we do." -- M. C. Richards

Creativity is a pathway into connecting our talents, passions and motivations to do what we love and what we are good at. Creativity helps us IMAGINE new possibilities, CONNECT with our purpose, and ENGAGE with others to make that purpose real.

Creativity is part of what makes us fundamentally human. When we have opportunities to discover and express that part of ourselves that makes us unique, we find joy and happiness and fulfillment. Sometimes we lose touch with this capacity. But it's not lost. It's still there - waiting for us to engage it again.

This workshop includes several hands-on/mind-on experiences for exploring your personal creativity, discovering meaning and purpose, and applying creativity to link your purpose to your life and work.

Facilitators include:

    * Albertus Magnus College Associate Professor and Artist Lisa Furman on "Community Weaving: Transforming Space with Hanging Art"
    * Albertus Magnus College Assistant Professor Evie Lindemann on "SoulCollage®: A Process for Exploring Purpose" and "The Mandala and the MARI"
    * Author of Intuition: An Inner Way of Knowing, Doris J. Shallcross on "Creativity, Intuition and Spirituality"
    * Yale University's Interdisciplinary Center for Bioethics Associate Director Carol Pollard on "The Language of Drawing"
    * International Centre for Creativity and Imagination Director Steven Dahlberg on "Composing a Creative Life on Purpose"
    * Author and Poet Anne O'Reilly on "Freeing What Waits Within"

Sign up now! Registration includes a ticket to the International Festival of Arts & Ideas performance of David T. Little's Soldier Songs.

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Help us spread the word about this exciting creativity series! Please forward this email, share the details on Facebook and Twitter, post the link <http://appliedimagination.org/artidea/> on your websites, and include it in your enewsletters. Thanks for your interest and support - and we hope to see YOU on June 18, 21 and 25! Don't forget to register now!

The Unleash Your Creativity series is presented by the International Centre for Creativity and Imagination, Albertus Magnus College, Yale Interdisciplinary Center for Bioethics, AIGA Connecticut, and Connecticut Creates, in partnership with the International Festival of Arts & Ideas. Additional support provided by Imagine Ireland.

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