What is the unique contribution of the arts to preparation for achievement in the “creative economy?”
Success in the 21st Century requires a new approach to problem solving rooted in right-brain thinking.
Steven J. Tepper
In a recent article in the New Yorker magazine pianist Jeremy Denk recounts a summer at music camp at Mount Holyoke College, where he was struggling to learn a particularly difficult segment of Charles Ives’s demanding Piano Trio. His breakthrough came when he and friends drove a few miles off campus to the Connecticut River.
The Creative Thinking Project with Montclair State University’s presenter, Peak Performances, focuses on innovative artists committed to transcending traditional boundaries between art forms and between the arts and other disciplines. The project integrated the creative approaches of visiting artists into the intellectual and cultural environment of the campus via the development of a new course designed to help students in all academic areas harness their creative abilities.
Montclair State University Creative Thinking Project 2010-2012 video summary:
Wesleyan President Michael S. Roth’s Remarks to Class of 2015 Families on Arrival Day 2011 – Students learn skills to help them shape the future:
Students develop a range of capacities to create new opportunities and products:
Excerpts of Wesleyan President Michael Roth’s Speech to Wesleyan family members on Arrival Day 2012 – What Wesleyan offers is a pragmatic liberal arts education:
We want to educate the whole person: