Do you play an instrument? Draw? Take photos? Write poetry? Dance?
Or do express your creativity in less traditional ways and, like the people described in a recent Times article, have hobbies like making sauerkraut, digging clams or keeping bees?
In “The Creativity of Almost Anything,” Aileen Jacobson writes about a PechaKucha gathering later this week in which creative people of all kinds will present their ideas:
An artist, a poet and a maker of sauerkraut are among the 10 East End residents scheduled to tell their stories to an audience in Watermill on March 6. Each presenter will share 20 slides on a large screen, discussing each image for about 20 seconds.
This amounts to about six minutes and 40 seconds per presentation, a rigid framework for an event aimed at celebrating creativity. PechaKucha Night Hamptons, a program at the Parrish Art Museum, is part of a movement started by two architects in Tokyo in 2003 as a way to allow people to share their projects or ideas in an engaging way. The name is onomatopoeia, representing the sound of people chitchatting in Japanese, said Jean Snow, executive director of the global group. The events now take place in more than 800 locations around the world, he said.
The subject matter can be almost anything, said Andrea Grover, the museum’s Century Arts Foundation Curator of Special Projects, who began the program in 2011, soon after she arrived at the Parrish. She had presented at a PechaKucha event in Houston in 2010, talking about a nonprofit film screening organization she had founded there.
TED Talks, which are similar, tend to focus on “highly accomplished specialists,” Ms. Grover said, while PechaKucha speakers include people who aren’t renowned, perhaps not even in their fields. She compared the result to a “mixtape.” “TED is top down, PechaKucha is bottom up!” reads PechaKucha’s website.
“Even if you’re a clam digger, you can talk about your process in terms of creativity,” she said. “You can talk about how you design your clam rig.” Albie Lester, a clam digger, fisherman and wampum artist, did just that in 2012, she said. Farmers, chefs, actors, entrepreneurs, social activists, scientists and artists have also taken part. The program, which she previewed with three “lightning rounds” before using the official PechaKucha name, was a success from the beginning, she said. “The enthusiasm was palpable. There was lots of laughter, and lots of socializing afterward.”
Students: Read the entire article, then tell us …
— What do you think of the quotation from Albie Lester, “Even if you’re a clam digger, you can talk about your process in terms of creativity”? What things do you do regularly that act as creative processes for you? How do you express yourself?
— What traditional artistic or creative outlets do you have? What nontraditional outlets do you have? How important is creativity to your life in general?
— Had you heard of PechaKucha? (We have a related lesson plan about it.) Would you want to present at something like this in your community? What would you present?
— Mary Woltz, a beekeeper, made a presentation about swarming at a previous gathering because, she said, “it’s so poorly understood.” What are you an expert at that you think others might not understand? How could you creatively impart that information to an audience?
— What new creative pursuit would you like to try next? Why?
Questions about issues in the news for students 13 and older.
Express Yourself Through Music Essay
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