November 8, 2015 |
I'm sitting here trying to write the first paragraphs for this article, and the pressure is on. The story is about a Penn professor who teaches creativity, for God's sake, meaning I'd better come up with something creative or he will think I'm dull. Worse, my readers will quit this story and turn to a report about some sports team that wears green jerseys. Wouldn't it be great if there were a proven method I could use to alleviate my anxiety and devise something creative, other than the traditional techniques of lining my paper clips up by size, biting my nails, and drinking coffee?
October 18, 1990 |
We will never know how much Basil Fawlty, the hilariously misanthropic and inept innkeeper of Torquay, might have been helped by one of John Cleese's inspirational talks, and that's undoubtedly for the best. Life at Fawlty Towers might have been less hellish if Basil had learned to loosen up and stop insulting those German tourists, but Cleese's legions of fans would have been the losers. But, Cleese reflected yesterday, listening to a speech on creativity in business wouldn't have done Basil a bit of good anyway.
November 18, 1990 |
Monika Steinberg, director at the Institute for Creative Education, enjoys posing this riddle to teachers at the start of her creativity seminars: There's a man at home. He is wearing a mask. There is a man coming home. What is happening? Josephine Iadevaia and Susan Polk, two teachers who attended Wednesday's institute seminar at the Education Information and Resource Center in Sewell, sat silently in their chairs for a minute. They were pondering Steinberg's riddle. Both were dumbstruck.
March 7, 2000 |
After two years of research, the husband-and-wife team of John and Sylvia Baer have concluded that the increasingly popular core curriculum in schools stimulates creativity. In February, John Baer, who teaches education at Rider University in Lawrenceville, and Sylvia Baer, an instructor of English literature at Gloucester County College, presented a paper on "The Impact of the Core Knowledge Curriculum on Creativity" at the annual meeting of the Eastern Educational Research Association in Orlando, Fla. "A core curriculum, what some would call a standard body of knowledge, has been developed in many states to promote a systematic education," John Baer said.
May 9, 1996 |
Learn how you and your children can become more creative during a seminar at Children's Learning Center from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday. Gail Jones, an early childhood educator, will speak to parents of the learning center and their guests. The program, said Jones, will help parents foster creativity in their children. The program is free and will be held at Children's Learning Center, 748 Stoney Hill Rd. in Yardley. For information, call Pat Miiller at 215-498-8048. OPEN HOUSE Childtowne Montessori Preschool and Day Care Center will hold an open house from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Tuesday.
January 6, 1989 |
Tenor saxophonist David Murray will share the billing with poet/playwright Amiri Baraka when the Painted Bride Art Center continues its Kuumba celebration of Afro-American creativity tomorrow night. At 33, Murray has established himself as a leading figure among jazz's tenor sax players. His style can be blusteringly gruff or seductively romantic, in the tradition established by Coleman Hawkins and carried on by Archie Shepp and Albert Ayler. In addition to his reputation as a player, Murray has gained considerable attention as a composer, arranger and band leader.
March 23, 2001 |
Author Dan Wakefield, whose novels Going All the Way and Starting Over were turned into movies, will talk about injecting creativity into daily life during a free public program at 7:30 p.m. next Friday in the chapel at Bryn Mawr Presbyterian Church, 625 Montgomery Ave., Bryn Mawr. Wakefield also will lead a workshop titled "Writing Your Spiritual Autobiography" from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. March 31 at the church ministries center. The $25 workshop admission fee covers lunch. Wakefield, a novelist, journalist and screenwriter, has written extensively about his spiritual rebirth.
August 11, 1994 |
In Jude Burkhauser's studio is a colored-pencil sketch of the torso of a woman, nude, crouching, the skin of one breast peeled off in a moon-shaped slice. The work, New Moon Slice, is dark, haunting, disturbing. It also is empowering, the artist says. Burkhauser, a breast-cancer survivor, is convinced that art has life- affirming powers - spiritual powers that help the ill focus on healing. So she is heading a local drive, part of a national movement, to develop a registry of women who have used the creative process in overcoming breast cancer and to exhibit their works.
April 27, 1993 |
Homing in on the creative process, the Pew Charitable Trusts announced yesterday a new funding program to support the development of new choreography by artists in the Philadelphia area. The Philadelphia Repertory Development Initiative will make grants totaling $440,000 over three years. An additional $185,000 will go toward the cost of administering the program. A total of 14 grants will be awarded each year, starting Sept. 1. Professional dance companies may apply for grants up to $20,000 per year, and individual choreographers and dancers will qualify for as much as $10,000 a year.
September 21, 1996
A quirky example of the law of unintended consequences is thriving at Ninth and Girard, the grittiest section of Philadelphia's federally funded empowerment zone. A cutting-edge arts collaborative called The Hut has transformed a long abandoned church there into a freewheeling studio/hangout/art business center. The Hut houses 10 businesses and employs 25 people in jobs such as sculpting, carpentry, advertising, video filmmaking and construction of World Wide Web sites. Its success both surprises and delights officials of the zone, which aims to bring new businesses, new jobs and fresh community spirit to three poor city neighborhoods.