Category Archives: Creativity

By Joanne Seelig, Director of Education, Imagination Stage In Marc Joseph’s article “Has America Given Up On Arts Education?” he states that despite the fact that there is proven research that the arts can provide students with workforce skills, academic …

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By Rebecca Landau-Millin, Psy.D. Why is Creative Play so Important for Children? Playfulness and creativity is fundamental to human development throughout the life cycle. From toddler-hood through well into elementary school, creative play is an essential and necessary ingredient for …

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By Bonnie Fogel, Founder and Executive Director Our 2012-2013 season represented our 34th year in business and our 10th year on Auburn Avenue. This is a list of memorable moments from the season. Thank you for all your support! Created …

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When my kids receive a gift, the item they play with the most is the large box it came in. Children’s imaginations don’t need fancy or expensive supplies. Take a look around your home and you can find craft supplies right inside (and outside) your recycling bin.

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Jacqueline E. Lawton, a local playwright, dramaturg, and teaching artist, interviewed Imagination Stage Artistic Director Janet Stanford as part of her blog series on Women Artistic Directors of DC. Read the interview here!

JACQUELINE LAWTON: Why did you decide to get into theatre? Was there someone or a particular show that inspired you?
JANET STANFORD: [...]

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Somewhere during their elementary and middle school years, creativity is trained out of them (us too). We’re taught rote memorization, history dates, facts. There are right and wrong answers, no in between. We’re taught what to think about stories and books we read. By the time we’re old enough and asked for our “thoughts” about something, we’re so scared that we just sit quietly in class. Or that’s what happened to me anyway.

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I like to think of imagination, creativity and innovation as a continuum that I call “Mud-Mud Pie-Clay Pot.” Every child loves to play with mud. Without much prompting, at the age of 3 or 4, most children will discover that mud can be shaped into play objects such as pies or cakes and it makes a great messy game to trade them or pretend eat them! However, many millennia ago, some Neolithic innovator realized that a certain kind of mud, when shaped into a pot and allowed to harden, could produce an object that would forever solve the problem of how to get water from the river to the cave.

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This is an excerpt from an article by Elisabeth Pearson Waugaman, Ph.D., in Psychology Today. Elizabeth is a faculty member in the New Directions writing program at the Washington Center for Psychoanalysis and writes a series in Psychology Today entitled “What’s in a Name?” This series discusses people, their names, and the stories they tell. This particular article, Santa: Reality and Imagination. What Does It All Mean?, talks about the story Santa and how discussing the history behind Santa and his name with your children can help develop creativity.

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“Despite what you may have heard, creativity can be learned, and our children need to be taught how to do it now more than ever.” -Lisa Van Germet (August 2012), “Creating Creative Children,” Mensa Bulletin. Dr. Sunit Talapatra, member of the Imagination Stage Board of Trustees, reflects on recent article about creating creative children.

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