Do you know about The U.S. Department of Arts and Culture?
It is not a federally recognized agency, but an act of collective imagination fueled by all who believe that art and culture are among our most powerful and under-tapped resources for creating a more just, equitable, and vibrant world. While I love their vision and mission, I fundamentally don’t agree with one part of their stated imperative:
In this era of rampant consumption and materialism, we must look for new, creative ways to find meaning and satisfaction that don’t involve financial exchange or the destruction of social, natural, and cultural resources.
Trading money for cultural experiences is a core part of how we educate others in the culture of creativity and build social emotional skills for its value. Besides, if you want to protect social, natural and cultural resources you have to make a financial investment into them to be taken seriously. It’s just the rules of the game we live in and creatives have to play the game too if we expect to change our world.
Do you know about Transterra Media?
They are the only media agency that caters to publishers unique story needs by combining the reach, flexibility and speed of independent journalists with the professionalism of the wire services. Transterra has trained over 8000 film makers to learn how to tell stories; resulting in not only an amazing wave of citizen journalists but also contributing to the rise of the Arab Spring.
Do you know about EdShelf?
EdShelf is a discovery engine of websites, mobile apps, desktop programs, and electronic products for teaching and learning. Check out these featured tools on their site that provide hands-on activities, inspiring the maker inside of learners, and which engage students both mentally and physically. Or search for yourself and find more.
Playful Learning – We bring hands-on lessons to your fingertips, complete with inspiring videos and engaging printables. Try a free lesson on us, use code: FREE.
Osmo – By analyzing objects in front of its camera, this kit turn an iPad into a hands-on learning tool.
LightUp – Build working circuits with magnetic snapping blocks to teach young children about electronics.
Pinoccio – Add wireless capabilities to your do-it-yourself electronic projects to make them web-accessible.
Fit 4 the Classroom – Discovery Education, Sanford Health, and WebMD teamed up to offer free lesson plans around health, diet, fitness, etc.
“Vowels are to words what creativity is to the world~ basic and necessary.” What motivates you to explore your creativity?
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