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How Do We Cultivate Creativity?

Creating Creativity

Even though I grew up in a small farming community in South Dakota I feel like I was given amazing opportunities to express myself creatively. We had art class every Friday throughout my elementary and junior high years, Girl Scouts, 4H, band and choir, drama, oral interpretation, cheerleading, dance, journalism and the list continues. At a very young age we learned how to express ourselves, maybe a little too freely at times.

I love that my children are growing up in the African bush, in a small community that we have built over the past 8 1/2 years. They have different opportunities than I had, but one thing I feel that they are missing is the element of creativity and innovation. I find myself getting so angry when our kids get D's and F's in their Creative Arts classes. I know that I wasn't the most artistically gifted child, but I always put my all into anything that I was creating. My desire to do well made getting a D or F off the table because I did try. I believe that art is not to be graded but to be enjoyed and that the more we grade creativity and put boxes around creativity the more we lock-up children and their expression. I feel like we need to change the name from "creative arts" to "unimaginative arts" because of how harshly the children are graded.