Creativity: A Skill Not Just for Artists


-That “creativity” was selected as the number one leadership competency of the future by America’s top CEOs?

-That inventors who have patents have 20 to 30 percent higher rates of arts participation as children?

-That creativity is not so much a right brain phenomena as it is a cross-brain phenomena? Creative people show more connections between the right and left hemispheres and, it turns out, young musicians have heightened connectivity between the spheres.

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Steven J. Tepper

On May 4th at ArtsFund’s Celebration of the Arts Luncheon, keynote speaker Steven J. Tepper will focus on creativity in education and the workforce in the 21st century. Tepper is a leading writer and speaker on U.S. cultural policy. He is the dean of the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts at Arizona State University, the nation’s largest, comprehensive design and arts school at a research university. He is the author of Not Here, Not Now, Not That! Protest Over Art and Culture in America, and co-editor and contributing author of the book Engaging Art: The Next Great Transformation of America’s Cultural Life.

Tepper’s talk will illuminate ways in which a strong creative background can contribute to success in other areas and fields. For instance, Nobel Prize winning scientists are 17 times more likely to be engaged in visual arts than scientists who have not won the Nobel Prize. Moreover, core creative skills like reasoning by analogy, making non-routine connections, and identifying patterns are all related to the same area of the brain that is activated when people are engaged in the visual and performing arts.

To hear more about creativity from Steven J. Tepper,  join us on May 4th at 12:00 pm for the Celebration of the Arts Luncheon.