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Cross Team Planning – an example from Montclair State University

Thoughts on the creative thinking course CRTH-151 at Montclair State University that involved faculty from Computer Science, Mathematics, Philosophy & Religion, Theatre & Dance, Music Education, Sciences/Physics and Marketing:

Thoughts on the creative thinking course CRTH-151 at Montclair State University that involved faculty from Computer Science, Mathematics, Philosophy & Religion, Theatre & Dance, Music Education, Sciences/Physics and Marketing.

Read about the key outcomes of the Creative Campus Innovations Grant Program ›


Creative Thinking Project 2010-2012 at Montclair State University

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:

Montclair State University Creative Thinking Project 2010-2012 video summary

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Crossing Disciplines – an example from Wesleyan University

At Wesleyan University, creativity is an interdisciplinary pursuit. The goal of the Creative Campus Initiative is to elevate the arts as a means of teaching, learning, and knowing. This goal is being pursued through four program strategies.

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Creative Thinking – an example from Montclair State University

The Creative Thinking project at Montclair State University integrates 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.

Thoughts on the Montclair State University creative thinking course CRTH-151 with an administrator, a student, a mathematics professor, and an artist/systems designer:

Thoughts on the Montclair State University creative thinking course CRTH-151 with an administrator, a student, a mathematics professor, and an artist/systems designer

Playwright and director Robert Wilson talks about how a chance encounter with a deaf boy helped him create his first play and understand “how to hear:”

Playwright and director Robert Wilson talks about how a chance encounter with a deaf boy helped him create his first play and understand “how to hear.”

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Engaging Campus Partners – an example from Montclair State University

The core campus partners at Montclair State University were the Office of Arts and Cultural Programming (ACP) and the Research Academy for University Learning (RAUL). Under the banner Peak Performances, ACP provides a place for innovative artists to create and present works across multiple disciplines. Artists include established and up-and-coming creators on a national and international level, as well as members from the College of the Arts. ACP’s role in the project was to identify and support the artists collaborating on the project, to spearhead project-related marketing and communications, and to provide administrative and documentation support during course development.

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Lessons Learned: Montclair State University

The primary partnership with the Research Academy for University Learning (RAUL) was extremely important in terms of curricular and pedagogical expertise and for shepherding development of the structure of the course during the development process.

  • Having a high-level partner in a Vice Provost and Director of RAUL helped gain the attention and support of upper-level administration, increasing the prestige of the project and raising awareness across campus.
  •  High-level administrative support is essential, especially when a project involves navigating curricular procedures and allocating faculty teaching time. Support by the Provost’s Office in particular not only helped to expedite the administrative steps but also reinforced the validity of the project to the campus community

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The Changing Role of Artists

The 14 Creative Campus grantees used artists to explore and engage a wide variety of topics, themes and constituencies. Artists co-designed and co-taught courses with faculty members from other disciplines. They set new work on student ensembles. They collaborated with faculty artists. They received feedback on work-in-progress from students. During sustained residencies of up to several years in length, they visited campuses repeatedly, often staying for a week or longer, researching, teaching, creating, performing and interacting with all sorts of constituents.

Read more about the changing role of artists in the Creative Campus White Paper ›


Resource Materials: Montclair State University

Montclair State University’s resources include videos, blogs and essays ›

Robert Wilson addresses Montclair State University students in the Creative Thinking course to talk about his creative process and inspirations:
Robert Wilson


The Skunk Works approach – Using Art to Pioneer an Innovative Campus-wide Course on Creativity

Forming a cross-functional, interdisciplinary group within an organization characterized by a high degree of autonomy

The Creative Learning project at Montclair State University strives to integrate the creative approaches of Peak Performances artists into the intellectual and cultural environment of the campus, in order to foster students’ understanding of an confidence in their creative abilities in the their academic and personal lives.

 Learn more about the Creative Learning project at Montclair