What is Creativity? Fine Arts Faculty Respond.
Honors Faculty Fellow and Associate Professor of Classical & Contemporary Dance, John V. Roach Honors College and College of Fine Arts
I quote my late mother, Dr. Vera John-Steiner, from her seminal book on creativity, Notebooks of the Mind: Explorations of Thinking (Oxford University Press, 1997): “The transformation of inner shorthands into artistically and intellectually convincing achievements requires craft, logic, mastery, and commitment… while still maintaining a clarity of vision akin to the freshness and magic of childhood.”
Lori Boornazian Diel
Professor of Art History, College of Fine Arts
Most people think of creativity as something inherent to the arts and in the domain of artists. In that regard, creativity would be the ability to express ideas or feelings in novel forms, be they through words, music or visual media. However, we should also see creativity as the ability to come up with original and innovative solutions to the world’s problems. Creativity is also necessary for science, engineering and medicine. Individuals with a talent for thinking imaginatively are essential to advance both the arts and sciences.
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