Arts are Key to Preparing Workers in the Global Marketplace

Preparing for a career or launching a new business is no easy undertaking if you don’t have the thinking skills you need.  As I meet with incubators and organizations, it seems many still are thinking too narrowly about what is required to build the infrastructure for our future economy. Here are some key facts about the value of creative training in the context of workforce development that are worth reviewing.

    According to Adobe Systems Inc. and Ready to Innovate, a collaboration between The Conference Board, Americans for the Arts,and the American Association of School Administrators:

  • Teaching creativity develops critical thinking, engages students, and fosters innovation.

  • 85 percent of people agreed that creative thinking is critical for problem solving in their career.

  • 71 percent of college-educated professionals say creative thinking should be taught as a course, like math and science.

  • 78 percent of the respondents (1,000 U.S., college-educated and full-time salaried employees ages 25+) stated that creativity is very important to their career but only 57 percent thought so when they were in college.

  • 72 percent of employers say creativity is of primary concern when they’re hiring, yet 85 percent of these employers can’t find the creative applicants they seek.

    Creative workers

Expanding someone’s world by helping them develop their creative thinking skills may just be the best bang for your buck when it comes to developing a workforce for job placement or self employment. If individuals can think independently, problem solve, work collaboratively and communicate effectively, as a result of increased creative thinking abilities, why wouldn’t every economic development agency invest into this kind of training?


 1014467_10202833947183293_5964056692173013765_nAbout Lisa Canning

“Vowels are to words what creativity is to the world~ basic and necessary.”

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Lisa Canning is the founder of Lisa’s Clarinet Shop, IAEOU, the Institute for Arts Entrepreneurship (IAE) and Entrepreneur the Arts. And now Learning Flies too.


Arts are Key to Preparing Workers in the Global Marketplace

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