Existential Creativity: Seeking personal and communal transformations through creative engagements

06 Mar 2020
1:15 pm.
USF Sarasota-Manatee

Existential Creativity: Seeking personal and communal transformations through creative engagements

This workshop centers on the transformative potentials of creative practices, exploring the question: ‘how making or creating can change individuals and communities?’ Existential creativity calls for the radical embodiment of ideas, philosophies, new perspectives in order to live a good, harmonious life, achieving and cultivating eudaimonia. Rituals, both religious and secular, reinforce transformation and meaning-making, thus this workshop will engage participants with a ritualized creative practice to demonstrate the transformative power of a structured creative engagement that centers on a desire to change, transform, or embody meaning. Merging evocative, autoethnographic writing and collage making participants will learn how a contemplative, ritual engagement with writing (storytelling) and making (collage) can serve human transformation.

What:
What 3 things will your participants learn or experience as a result of your workshop?

  • Workshop participants will experience how a structured and deliberate creative engagement with writing and making can potentially shape their lives or deepen their understanding of a given story, idea, concept.
  • Participants will learn how to deepen their own creative practices in order to support their well-being and life pursuits.
  • Participants will learn a new method of creative engagement that can be applied to their own creative domains.

So What:
What might be 3 ways that the content of your workshop changes your attendees’ perceptions, habits, ways of working, or view of the world?

  • Using creativity as a powerful medium of individual and communal transformation.
  • Developing a creative habit where creative engagements promote self-understanding and well-being.
  • Using creativity as an epistemic, ontological, and ethical tool/method in order to foster wise living in a rapidly changing world.

Now What:
What are 3 ways your attendees might apply what they learn in your workshop?

  • Providing a template to restructuring existing creative practices or engagements to deepen the existential benefits toward self and community.
  • Applying existential questions or issues related to sentient existence to creativity.
  • Understanding creativity as an essential tool to achieve and cultivate wisdom.

CATEGORIES:

  • Creativity for Education – Educators, Coaches, Facilitators
  • Creativity for Artistry – Artists and Artisans
  • Creativity For Mind, Body, Spirit – Health and Wellness, Human Potential, Personal Growth

Example of Bio #1: Marcia Berkey

Marcia after many years of teaching at traditional universities and corporate training, now teaches full time online in the IT department for South University. She has a wonderful time living and learning and applying the many concepts learned from everywhere. She has presented a variety of e-Creativity sessions for both education and business. Marcia also consults on Word, PowerPoint, Access databases, and Excel spreadsheets.


Example of Bio #2: Jane Goldwasser

Jane Goldwasser is President of New Directions Consulting, Inc. a qualitative research company specializing in new product development. In her spare time, she is on the Board of Directors of a newly re-aligned Girl Scout Council and chairs both their Fund Development and Board Development committees. She is a CPSI alum who, having completed the Integrating Creative Leadership program, has put it to work in leading both PACE sessions and in working with CPSI Youthwise™.


Example of Bio #3: Art Emrich

Art is certified as a Master Practitioner and Trainer of NLP and Hypnosis by the 4 major hypnosis organizations in the US. His practice includes (a) medical referral clients who experience distress not relieved by traditional treatment, (b) the mental game of sports success (such as tennis, golf, and baseball), (c) academic excellence for peak performance in study and testing, and (d) enabling creative solutions for the challenges of life. Art is the HEAD Coach and Founder of U-Solutions LLC in Sarasota (the “U” stands for unconscious, where the most creative solutions reside).

 

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Example of Workshop Description #1: Christine Alexander

Join Chris for a day of exploration through improvisation and theater games…no acting experience required! In this safe, small group setting, you will have opportunities to be both on the stage and in the audience. Through the experiences, discussion, and your reflections, you will find new insights into communication, relationships, and yourself. This is a wonderful opportunity to allow your inner voices to speak to you and to discover the possibilities that come from living in the NOW.


Example of Workshop Description #2: Jane Goldwasser

This is a workshop for people who have dreamed of starting a business, solving one of society’s great problems, or pursuing any dream that has remained elusive for years. Often the biggest challenge to undertaking an audacious, wonderful goal is leaving the security of the known to go out into uncharted territory. If you have such a dream, join Jane Goldwasser for a day-long opportunity to translate this wish into a detailed plan for action. Use Jane’s D.A.R.E. model – D. (Decide), A. (Analyze), R. (Reality Check), E. (Execute).


Example of Workshop Description #3: Ann Bracken

Do you find yourself saying you don’t have enough time? You can’t squeeze in enough space for fun or creativity? What if you could make time expand or contract at will? In this workshop, based on the book Creating Time by Marney Makridakis, you will use journaling to kick-start your ideas and create an art-inspired time-tool to help you flip your day so that you and time can become partners in your creative work.

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Example of Learning Outcomes #1: Christine Alexander

  1. Participate in a variety of Improv exercises and theater games
  2. Take time to reflect and discus experiences and insights
  3. Identify strategies to improve communication
  4. Make connections between ‘play-acting’ and one’s real world POSSIBLE

Example of Learning Outcomes #2: Jane Goldwasser

  1. Translate a dream into a major goal
  2. Develop a plan to realize this goal
  3. Learn to move beyond stumbling blocks

Example of Learning Outcomes #3: Ann Bracken

  1. Identify and describe your relationship to time for creative pursuits
  2. Use a series of structured journaling and visual-arts prompts to identify problems and brainstorm solutions
  3. Pair-share solutions
  4. Create an arts-based clock-face reflect new relationship to time
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Example of Possible Applications #1: Christine Alexander

  1. Add new improv exercises and theater games to teaching, group facilitation or training
  2. Build on the insights gained in the workshop through continued reflection
  3. Discover a passion for the stage and become involved in community theater or beyond

Example of Possible Applications #2: Jane Goldwasser

  1. Implement the plan for action and achieve a major goal
  2. Apply the D.A.R.E. planning tools to other goals

Example of Possible Applications #3: Ann Bracken

  1. Make effective use of reconfiguring time to accomplish important tasks (prof/self)
  2. Use art as a means of goal-setting and track progress in achieving goals (self/prof)
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Example of Possible Applications #1: Christine Alexander

  1. Add new improv exercises and theater games to teaching, group facilitation or training
  2. Build on the insights gained in the workshop through continued reflection
  3. Discover a passion for the stage and become involved in community theater or beyond

Example of Possible Applications #2: Jane Goldwasser

  1. Implement the plan for action and achieve a major goal
  2. Apply the D.A.R.E. planning tools to other goals

Example of Possible Applications #3: Ann Bracken

  1. Make effective use of reconfiguring time to accomplish important tasks (prof/self)
  2. Use art as a means of goal-setting and track progress in achieving goals (self/prof)
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