by Sarah Rinner, Elementary School Program Director
Teaching artists drawing their ideal “Creative Action island”
At our after school teaching artist training this year we put the creative imaginations of our staff to work in exploring the world of Creative Action and what it means to our community.
Our amazing group of over 55 teaching and administrative staff worked in small groups to create Creative Action Islands that encompasses our actions and values and communicates the culture of our organization. (And crammed into the Ruiz Library, it was positively overwhelming to have such a large team of dedicated people!)
My favorite, and most meaningful, part of the activity was our Creative Action Proclamation. We had each group contribute a line to our proclamation and we read it aloud to close out our day together.
Here are a few lines of the Creative Action Proclamation:
We hereby declare that the inhabitants of the Creative Action Island have come together for the purpose of…
Being happy; relaxing; exploring and having adventures; making their imagination world reality; destroying boredom; making stuff; and expressing themselves,
With the intention of allowing everyone to live their best life,
Therefore we shall explore and have adventures, dance, smile,
So that our community can create without boundaries,
Furthermore on our island, we shall eat Family Style at a large table,
So that our land can be a place where creative expression reigns free and social change & creative action can come to be,
And with this purpose we transform our communities in positive and creative ways,
In order to inspire the flow of creative energy among a generation of youth, we model the behavior and attitude we hope to instill in our students,
To conclude, our island shall be a place where everyone is free to be creative without limit of judgment. There are an infinite number of resources of varying types to facilitate creativity and art. It is an island where people are made well through creating and receiving art!
P.S. My favorite pie flavor is apple pie.
Join us at I Spy Pie! on Saturday, October 20th at Central Market North. 12 – 3 p.m.
Family fun, arts and crafts and pie for families of all ages!
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