Monthly Archives: October 2015

How Einstein Thought: Why “Combinatory Play” Is the Secret of Genius | Brain Pickings

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The Essential Way to Creativity, Einstein and Others:

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Tiny Moss Landscape 2 Regina MJ Kyle 2015

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This is a wonderful share from Brain Pickings if you are interested in understanding how creativity happens. “Combinatory play” is Einstein’s description of how we shape new ideas by connecting through intellectual play seemingly disparate things. Others offer similar explanations for the roots of creative development.

This is a process I realize I have used all my life in developing new ideas. programs, and organizations; it is how my book in progress “Shaping Lives, Transforming Communities: Creative Expression in the Dance of Life” is being built. This essay, with its references to other writings and authors is a gem for your weekend delight.

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“Combinatory play seems to be the essential feature in productive thought.”

Source: How Einstein Thought: Why “Combinatory Play” Is the Secret of Genius | Brain Pickings

Regina MJ Kyle 2014

Regina MJ Kyle 2014

 

Regina MJ Kyle 2015

Regina MJ Kyle 2015

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(32) A beautiful video of what happens when you let children be themselves without interfering in their art. | Expressive Art Inspirations | Pinterest | New York Ci…

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Watch This, Never Doubt the Importance of Art in Children’s Lives:

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Courtesy of Iris Grace Paintings

Courtesy of Iris Grace Paintings

On Friday I try to share something that will lift our spirits as we enter another weekend. The images here are of a lovely young girl with autism in the UK, who is an extraordinary and intuitive painter. Iris Grace and her mother Arabella are leading the way in demonstrating how letting the child take the lead in creativity is the best way to help children develop.

The video is of another child painter who has amazed the New York art world with her work. Watching the video and contemplating the work of Iris Grace will give your weekend a very special splendor!

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Source: (32) A beautiful video of what happens when you let children be themselves without interfering in their art. | Expressive Art Inspirations | Pinterest | New York Ci…

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Courtesy of Iris Grace Paintings

 

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Courtesy of Iris Grace Paintings

 

Courtesy of Iris Grace Paintings

Courtesy of Iris Grace Paintings

 

Dancing to the Oboes Iris Grace, 4 years old. United Kingdom

Dancing to the Oboes
Iris Grace, 4 years old.
United Kingdom

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Childhood Creativity Leads to Innovation in Adulthood | Psychology Today

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Why We Need K-12 School Transformation Now

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We need a complete transformation of education from early childhood through college and university. My book in progress, “Shaping Lives, Transforming Communities: Creative Expression in the Dance of Life,” will offer the foundations of a new model for schools and in the next few months I will be publishing a Resource Guide for the Arts in Education.

While the Psychology Today article refers to a single aspect of why the arts in education are key to student success, it is an argument that may convince the all too many skeptics about the importance of the arts in schools.

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“Researchers link arts and crafts in childhood to financial success in adulthood.”

Source: Childhood Creativity Leads to Innovation in Adulthood | Psychology Today

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Children Working Together

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10 of 10 Reasons why singing is good for your health | Room 217 Foundation

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Wake UP and Sing for Your Health: Another Goody from the Room 217 Foundation

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Singing is good for you, in a thousand different ways. Sing in the shower, sing in a chorus, sing while you work. It opens you up, raises your spirits, and fllods your brain with joy. When you sing, you sing with your entire self!

The Room 217 Foundation in Canada is a great organization that supports music in the lives of everyone. Check out this great post on the reasons wht singing is good for you!

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“Singing is a whole-self, holistic human action.”

Source: 10 of 10 Reasons why singing is good for your health | Room 217 Foundation

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Music Matters – optimizing music use in hospitals – Bridgepoint Health

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The Healing Power of Music in Hospitals

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One of the most important developments in health care in our time is the integration of the arts into the healing process in hospitals around the world. I have gathered many examples for my book in progress, Shaping Lives, transforming Communities: Creative Expression in the Dance of Life.

Today’s post comes from Bridgepoint, a leader in active health care in Canada. The study was a collaboration between the Music and Health Research Collaboratory at the University of Toronto and the Room 217 Foundation. There is a link to the full report that offers important information about the arts in healing and a model for rehabilitation. The University of Toronto and its hospitals are in the forefront of the arts and health revolution in Canada.

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Source: Music Matters – optimizing music use in hospitals – Bridgepoint Health

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Artist Colony for Older Adults Changes View of Aging

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A Model for All Places: The Senior Artist Colony at Burbank

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Courtesy of Growing Bolder

Those familiar with this curated information blog know that I consider the wonderful arts colonies for retirees created by Tim Carpenter a model that needs replication everywhere. I would join one in a minute if there were one here on the east coast.

Today’s post is a wonderful video that demonstrates the power of this model for creative aging. Enjoy and share. NPR’s Next Avenue is an excellent source of information and resources about aging.

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“The Burbank Senior Artists Colony is changing the way people think about not only retirement communities but also the very nature of aging.”

Source: Artist Colony for Older Adults Changes View of Aging

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2015 Influencers in Aging – Next Avenue

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Leaders in Supporting Healthy Aging

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Next Avenue has published a list of 50 leaders in the shaping of a positive and healthy aging process in America. While i believe there are important people missing from this list, it is a valuable resource of information about individuals and organizations helping to move creative aging forward.

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“These thought leaders, innovators, doctors, authors, advocates, experts and everyday people are changing how we age and think about aging.”

Source: 2015 Influencers in Aging – Next Avenue

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The Kyle Group, Supporting Creative Aging!

Award illustrates how Nebraska’s urban, rural schools excel in arts : Lincoln, NE Journal Star

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It Can Be Done: Nebraska High Schools Integrate the Arts

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Integrating the arts into the curriculum is the first step to designing the schools we need and that young people deserve. Supporting the interactions among playing, creating, and knowing is the basis of all human development and the cornerstone of my book in progress Shaping Lives, Transforming Communities: Creative Expression in the Dance of Life.

The example of these two high schools in Nebraska, one tiny and rural, the second large, urban, and culturally diverse is proof that it can be done successfully anywhere in the country if there is the will to do it. Learn more about these two outstanding schools from the Lincoln Journal Star and think about how it can be done in your community.

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“Hyannis High School and Lincoln High School are a study in opposites.”

Source: Award illustrates how Nebraska’s urban, rural schools excel in arts : Lincoln, NE Journal Star

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Courtesy of Growing Bolder

The Kyle Group, Supporting the Integration of the Arts into School Curriculum!

The Joyful, Illiterate Kindergartners of Finland

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What Early Childhood Should Be: The Importance of Play

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The philosophical foundation for my book in progress Shaping Lives, Transforming Communities: Creative Expression in the Dance of Life includes the critical functions of play in human development. We seem to have completely lost sight of this in the so-called innovations in education of the last 25 years. We have done serious damage to individual lives and the health of our communities, including social and economic wellness, in the process.

Tim Walker, an American teacher who moved to Helsinki to teach, offers an excellent overview of the power and possibility of the Finnish approach to education in this essay. I look forward to his forthcoming book on the subject.

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“While American youngsters learn how to read, kindergarten students in Finland play.”

Source: The Joyful, Illiterate Kindergartners of Finland

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The Kyle Group, Supporting Play as the Foundation for Learning!

This 17th Century Scientific Illustrator Loved Butterflies Before It Was Cool

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Beauty in Scientific Illustration and Botanical Art

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Courtesy of the Original Photographer

Butterflies are the quintessential symbols of transformation. Whether we have lost a loved one or are in the midst of a personal change, butterflies bring hope, peace, a sense of beauty and calmness in all things. Sundays are particularly good days for sharing sources of mindfulness and meditation.

We have Priscilla Frank of Huff Post Arts and Culture to thank for bringing to our attention the work of Maria Sybilla Merian, a 17th century artist and early feminist. Some of you may want to get her story as a holiday gift. Boris Friedewald is the author of A Butterfly Journey: Maria Sybilla Merian, Artist and Scientist, an absolute gem of a work. Here is some beauty for Sunday joy!

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Source: This 17th Century Scientific Illustrator Loved Butterflies Before It Was Cool

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Butterfly. Water, and Weeds at Sunset Courtesy of Unknown Artist

Butterfly. Water, and Weeds at Sunset
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The Kyle Group, Supporting Appreciation of the Art in Nature!