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Useful articles regarding youth and creativity

Spelunking about on the internet during last week’s Seattle snowstorm, I ran across two articles that may be of interest to those wishing to inform themselves (and others!) about the benefits of instilling and cultivating creativity in young people.

The first article, hosted on CNN.com, discusses creativity in general, and some of the reasons why we need to let kids be creative. You can find this article here.

The second article, on education.com, focuses more specifically on children’s theatre.  The author presents the case that “consistent participation greatly improves academic performance and significantly bumps up standardized test scores. Students who make time for the arts are also more involved in community service, and less likely to drop out of school.” You can read more about the importance of children’s theatre here.

Also, another reminder – I am still seeking workshop facilitators in the following arenas:

– Theater
– Art
– Music
– Photography
– Film
– Writing

If you or anyone you know would be into this, please let me know. I’d love to hear from you!

Thanks much.

– Colleen

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