In celebration of Jackson School of the Arts 15 Year Anniversary, I’d like to offer 15 ways to add creativity to your life. This isn’t about just picking up a paint brush. It’s about being open to new ideas, new ways of thinking and asking what if. Jackson School of the Arts was founded in 2001 by one woman who wondered, “What if all children in our community could discover and experience the arts?” “What if families could pay according to their income so all kids had the same opportunity?” She began to share her passion with about 40 children. Today there are 603 experiencing the joy of the arts every week and hundreds more with our off-site programs. For the past 15 years, we’ve been growing and enhancing our programs; we have never been stagnant and that’s because we don’t just encourage children to create, imagine and discover – we do too everyday.
So cheers to 15 years of making Jackson a more vibrant place to live and work and cheers to your own creative journey!
15 Ways to Add Creativity to Your Life
1. Set up a creative workspace.
You want to be inspired by the place where you do your work, so spend some time enhancing and changing up your work space. In my office, I have pictures and color combinations that light me up. It doesn’t hurt either that there’s still glitter on the floor from Fairy Festival.
2. Ask “what if” questions.
Instead of hoping someone else will come up with a solution for your problems, get creative. Ask yourself “what if” questions. This kind of thinking will lead to lots of creative problem solving.
3. Do something you’ve always wanted to do.
What are you waiting for? We constantly put off pleasure and fun until we have more money, more time, more resources. Stop making excuses for why you can’t do what you’ve always wanted to do. Instead, figure out how to do it.
4. Take yourself on a date.
You need to refill your creative tanks. Set aside one to two hours to go to a movie, scour the magazine rack at the library, go antiquing, or enjoy a gourmet meal by yourself. Go alone because you’ll be more observant if you do.
Write in a journal for ten minutes in the morning, write one page of a novel everyday for a year or simply get a notebook to keep your favorite quotes all in one place! Go back and re-read when you need inspiration.
6. Go out of your way.
You can physically go out of your way by changing your daily route and routine. Do things in a different order than you usually do. Drive to work using the back roads. You may see things in a new light, and that can spark a ton of creativity.
7. Sign up for a class in something new to you.
Tap dancing? Fabric art? (of course check out classes and programs offered by Jackson School of the Arts!)
8. Look like a child.
Spend 15 minutes looking around with the eyes of a child. Remember that sense of wonderment, love of color, surprise, curiosity and hunger to explore.
9. No critics allowed.
Don’t over-criticize yourself. At worst it will kill and at best cripple your creative hopes and dreams.
Find and work with like-minded people. Take time to brainstorm together – no matter the topic.
11. Play Games.
There are so many board games and card games that encourage players to be creative to win! You probably have these at home. My favorites Pictionary, Taboo and Cranium.
Read about anything and everything you are interested in. Simple enough.
13. Get up and move.
“They say” exercise stimulates creativity not only because it gets blood flowing to our brains, it also helps break up the monotony of sitting and working, leading to more creative insights.
14. Find time to be grateful.
Be thankful for the life that you’ve worked hard to achieve thus far. This helps you to reconnect with your purpose and the things and people in your life that motivate you.
15. and Celebrate.
Take time to remember all the big and little things in your life that make you happy. Celebrate something each and everyday.