Today, on the radio program Virginia Insight, the topic will be educating for creativity. The three guests will all be connected to Sweet Briar: Professor Dave Griffith (Creative Writing, and director of the new summer program for young artists), Professor Tom Scott (Business, and coordinator of pilot “entrepreneurial educator” initiatives), and Geoff Kershner, founder and director of endstation theater company, our official theater company in residence during the summer months. I understand that the program will be available later this week as a podcast and also that it will be repeated next Sunday at 3 pm on WMRA, 103.5 in Charlottesville, if you’d like to listen.
Educating for creativity does not mean simply preparing students for careers or avocations as creative artists. It means developing the kind of creative problem-solving and innovative thinking that lead to greater achievement in all kinds of endeavors. BLUR is already being recognized as a distinctive program that reaches across artistic disciplines to develop flexibility, innovation, and creativity as intellectual capacities that are invaluable in all fields.
If you’re interested in the role of creativity in education, you might enjoy this TED talk by Ken Robinson, a leading advocate for creativity in education at all levels. Meanwhile, of course, the creativity and innovation demonstrated by all those who have put the Blur program together represents the kind of innovative approach to pedagogy and program development that makes what we do here at Sweet Briar so continually interesting.