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What Creative Activity have You Given Up, but Want to do Again?

This month, we're thinking about what it means to be creative. Are there imaginative activities you did in your youth that you've let go and want to do again? Does tapping into a certain creative mindset allow you to better pursue other activities or your work?

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The WID community gathers daily at 3 p.m. to take a break, caffeinate and converse. Buzz Tea @ 3 is a monthly series that gathers perspectives on different topics focused on ideas and research. The Institute’s Twitter followers can also chime in by replying to @WIDiscovery, posting on its Facebook page or emailing us.

This month, we’re thinking about what it means to be creative.

Are there imaginative activities you did in your youth that you’ve let go and want to do again? Does tapping into a certain creative mindset allow you to better pursue other activities or your work?

Award-winning cartoonist and WID faculty member Lynda Barry explores these questions in her Drawing Jams (there’s one coming up in December 2013) and workshops offered through the Institute.

Responses from Tea

“Making comic books, because I never got to finish the stories.”

“Sculpting with Play-Doh. There’s something about flattening the pieces with your hands that’s therapeutic.”

“Knitting, because time for knitting means time for yourself.”

“Building snow forts (and hay bale forts).”

“Cello playing and singing.”

“Playing the piano :(”

“Drawing… well…”

“Playing the flute in a wind ensemble or singing in a really good choir.”

“Poetry.”

“Making up imaginary languages.”

“Sleep — I can dream up almost anything.”

“Reading.”

“Love.”

“Fiction.”

“Singing and ballet.”

“Building design — I went back to school.”

Responses from Facebook

“Playing violin. And drawing. And writing fiction. Turns out college kept me pretty busy.”

“Messing around with digital images.”

 

 

 


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