Arts Meet Bizness, a Cultural Initiative Resident at
Fabra i Coats – Art Factory Barcelona (2018, 2019)
During a two year residency, I developed an educational program and creative experience, in which the combined use of creative space and the techniques used by artists from various arts disciplines could be utilized as a portal to thought, connectedness, creation, and expression.
In eight 2-hour weekly sessions adult participants from all walks of life explored their creative capacities with one another. The intensive program combined techniques from music, theatre, visual art, creative writing, and dance. The program opened with a series of creative sprints that aimed to build creative confidence and collaborative trust. The workshop series was completed with an imagination session to combine techniques.
This project was approached as a deep exploration of the ultimate power of creative process, and the cultural impact that can be made with more effective use of our imaginations.
I initially entered this project with the aim at using creative techniques to increase the emotional intelligence of adults. However, what I learned during the workshop series prototype was that by developing a creative practice, participants ultimately increased their imagination capacities. Being more emotionally connected to others and themselves was a result, and added benefit, of accessing their imagination in a shared creative environment; emotional intelligence was an increased benefit of growing imagination capacity.
Photo Credits: Professional Photographer & Artist Beth Magre