Creativity for jobs and leadership
MASK Creativity Clubs
What is 'creativity and innovation'?
Creativity is the ability to see problems and generate new ideas to solve them.
Creativity can also be referred to as innovation, creative thinking, intelligence (Albert Einstein called it 'a true intelligence'), inventiveness, ingenuity, imagination, resourcefulness, inspiration, ‘outside-box’ thinking, independent thinking, value-creation, paradigm-change, vision, originality, novelty, individuality, initiative, insight, talent, personal effectiveness, enterprise, and optimization.
Creativity is not ‘the arts’ and not for artists alone. It takes place in all spheres of life: culture, science and business. It is a skill, and therefore can be taught and learned; but it must be fostered in schools from early years. Practicing arts is the most effective way to foster creativity. Music, visual arts, performance and design teach to observe, imagine and invent, and to connect information into new forms and patterns.
MASK Creativity Clubs are based on these beliefs:
MASK Learning Goal
To strengthen creativity of students and enable them to apply creativity on practice to improve their employability, entrepreneurial skills and leadership.
What MASK teaches
We teach the Creativity Skills Set:
POSITIVE BELIEFS ABOUT CREATIVITY
Students learn to:
Students develop their:
Students learn to:
Students learn to be creative within the strong moral and environmental principles.
Students learn MASK Practical Creativity Five-step Framework:
How MASK teachers:
Through MASK creativity-learning activities:
Visual arts, music, performance, dancing, singing, speech, design, etc.) enable students to experiment, investigate and invent, and develop the essential visual skills of observation and visualization. Students make art objects with a wide range of ideas, techniques and materials, including recycled or natural materials, and exhibit to share their works with others. They explore colour, texture, touch, sight, sound, hearing, motor control, visual memory and attention, and connect these to emotional responses, ideas, and associations. They improvise telling stories, role-playing and dancing. They explore 'what if?' and 'what can be?'.
Students are encoraged to:
MASK's techniques and strategies of creative thinking include:
MASK creativity-learning workshops:
Typical workshop Template:
Creativity Clubs for younger children
MASK Creativity Clubs works with 3-12 years old pupils. To be effective, creativity-learning must begin in early childhood when children's imagination and playfulness are naturally rife.
Learning Activities: mainly experimental and inventive art practices.
Creativity for Entrepreneurship and Leadership Clubs (CEL)
CEL works with students 12-25 years old.
CEL Learning Activities:
The CEL graduates receive the MASK 'Creativity Passports' and join the MASK movement 'Young People - The Creative Nation'.
MASK believes that teaching children and young people to imagine new effective solutions for peace is the foundation for the education for peace and tolerance in countries with a history of violence and deep-seated tribal hostility.
MASK Peace Clubs' students learn to become social innovators for peace and tolerance.
The Peace Clubs are either organised as a series of sessions or incorporated in the MASK general programmes. For example, fist issue of the MASK Prize in 2013 was themed around peace in Kenya.
Empathy: making and displaying artworks allows students to safely explore their own emotions and understand the emotions of others. Multi-culturalism: art helps students to mitigate the difficulties of inter-ethnical and inter-religious understanding, building bridges between ethnicities and religions.
Students generate new and practical solutions for peaceful co-existence, and plan practical steps for implementing those solutions. They organise 'art for peace' exhibitions in local communities and march with thier works as 'agents of peace' in their local villages and towns.
MASK residential Creativity Camps are organised during school holidays for students aged 16-21.
First Creativity Camp was organised in May 2011 in Nairobi. Participants met with the Kenyan Minister for Culture, The Hon, Ole Ntimama, and the Ministry's Director of Culture, Gladys Gatheru.
Training Creativity Facilitators
A skilled facilitator is essential to effective creativity-learning.
MASK trains creativity facilitators.:
MASK CREATIVITY LEARNING ENVIRONMENT
Facilitators' shall establish and sustain an environment that is conducive to creativity-learning. This includes them to:
Facilitators should encourage students to:
Facilitators must avoid:
Facilitators record in a logbook and photo/video log:
What our facilitators have said: