What Does Creativity Mean to You?
"What does creativity mean to you?" "How important is art in our lives?" "How do you celebrate art in your life?" We asked some of our Arts Week teachers these questions about art and creativity. Here's what they had to say.
Lucia Rose Horan, dancer
"Creativity is an opportunity to practice presence. Mindful awareness can deepen our authentic relationship to the source of creativity. Art is crucial in the act of transforming our suffering into healing. Through dance I find endless creative outlets that allow me to tap into the source of my own creative expression."
Nathan Taylor, basketmaker
"As I got older, I started to understand the importance of creativity in my life. I found myself reaching for any excuse to carry on my work. I am now 38 years into my craft and I have come to realize that I can never let go. It is my passion."
Flóra Carlile-Kovács, fiber artist
"Making art is a special way to experience and accept the world. It is a lifelong dialogue with ourselves. It helps us understand ourselves and also connect to others who think and feel similarly to us. I'm creative in all my activities, from raising my children, to gardening, to my everyday work, which is feltmaking."
Jane Davies, mixed media artist
"Making art is a path of personal growth, struggle, and discovery. It gives me the constant opportunity to let go of judgment, practice nonattachment, face my inner weaknesses with equanimity, and ultimately find my inner strength."
Peter Gold, trapeze artist
"Each creative expression is truly unique, like a fingerprint or wave in the ocean. Art allows us to examine reality from different perspectives. As human beings on a path of spiritual evolution, it's only natural that we'd enjoy the variety of reality that art brings us."
Douglas Beasley, photographer
"Like my own journey through religion towards spirituality, photography has become the inward journey to be more in touch with my inner self, more authentic in my own vision, and more elemental in my approach."