Can creativity be taught? That's the question before a good crowd early this morning.
I've identified people by name that I know, others ideas were anonymously presented and the individuals not identified, and some generalizations have been made. Having said that, some impressions:
Saying that he world probably contradict himself, Nat Irving he says that it can be taught. But based on his experience as a writer working with an editor, perhaps it's better to say that it can be "nurtured." Somewhere along the way you find your voice. Once you've done "10,000 hours you're confident," but after that, you may arrive at a place where "there is no language."
Saying he loves the word "nurture," which happens in a series of "release, guides - release, guides" one Creative Capitol artist, who is also a farmer, believe he can see that in his father, who is creates ascetic images working his fields.
Phil Kramer: teaching, learning, cultivation and so on get at the same idea. "Teaching to tests" doesn't address the need to creatively think. Today's schools pedagogically have opted out of many of the arts, music and shop classes that cultivate a willingness to explore.
One man, a self-described plumber and mathematician distinguished between problem solving creativity and "off the charts creativity."
Would we be concerned if our son or daughter came home and announced they wanted to be an artist? There is inevitable pressure to pursue other careers.
Quoting Will Rogers - "The problem isn't what don't know, it's what we know that just ain't so" - Kris Kimel uses that thought to springboard into a discussion of the kinds of common knowledge that "just ain't so," but can suppress, because the assumptions are wrong - creative approaches to problems. Creative people need the skills and knowledge to make productive leaps of faith.
A certain comfort level with change is also necessary, a quality that seems to be in short supply in our culture today.
There was a lot of back and forth not captured here, but the basic thought that most agreed about was that creativity shouldn't be marginalized to the arts.
That is, after all, what the festival is all about.