Posted on March 23, 2012 by Christopher St. Clair
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It was once proposed, by someone who liked our work, that it was Lincoln Center Institute’s (LCI’s) mission to “build bridges between art and life so that children may learn to see the world transformed by the artist’s vision.”
Very close, but… There is danger incipient in that statement that the students will only see an artist’s point of view. What’s missing is the students’ contribution in the process; what’s missing is the act of free will.
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Posted on February 3, 2012 by Christopher St. Clair
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Success carries its own need for change
Since World War II, East Asia has had the fastest-growing economy in the world. Japan was rapidly joined by China, Singapore, South Korea, and other nations seemingly swept along by each other’s successes in the marketplace.
From the beginning of its post-war ascent, East Asia has made education a priority. Now, the face of its education is changing. While this is much less debated than the economy, it is certain to have a profound effect on East Asian rapport with the West.
Filed under: Article | Tagged: Asia Society, China, Dr. Yeong Jin Ko, East Asia, East-West relations, economy, education, Gyeongnam Office of Education, High School for Arts Imagination and Inquiry, Imagination Lesso Plans, Japan, LCI, Lincoln Center Institute, Munhwa Broadcasting Company, National Arts Council of Singapore, Neo-Cultural Revolution--Life is Art, Nurturing Creativity, Ronnie Chan, Rudyard Kipling, Scott Noppe-Brandon, Seoul Foundation for Arts and Culture, SFAC, Singapore, South Korea, Sunah Kim, Vishakha N. Desai, World Innovation Summit for Education | 1 Comment »
Posted on January 13, 2012 by Scott Noppe-Brandon
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What do Disney, the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges (NCJFCJ), and the U.S. Army have in common? Representatives from all three organizations appeared at America’s Imagination Summit, the education event that Lincoln Center Institute (LCI) hosted in New York City this past July. Their presence was not arbitrary; rather, I believe that the dynamic intersection of such diverse influencers can lead to change in our country’s schools.
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Posted on December 19, 2011 by Christopher St. Clair
The impact of technology on the arts has been a matter of debate at least since we had to be reminded to turn off our cell phones in performance halls.
At Lincoln Center Institute (LCI), we always prided ourselves on espousing the latest technology, but we also insisted on engagements with live performances. This duality was not easy to maintain, especially in a frosty economic climate, and, early on, technology came to the rescue in the form of video. After the students have attended a performance, they need something that will stay with them and be available as long as they study the subject: video allowed us to bring storytellers, chamber ensembles, and Shakespeare to classrooms where being stranded without technology would have meant being stranded without art.
Filed under: Article | Tagged: arts, arts education, Bill T. Jones, Brian Brooks, creativity, dance, Ghostcatching, imagination, innovaton, International Educator Workshop, LCI, Lincoln Center Institute, NASA, Paul Kaiser, Rapid Still, Shelley Eshkar, technology | 2 Comments »
Posted on October 4, 2011 by Christopher St. Clair
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When hurricane Irene hit, we instinctively looked to the individuals and organizations whom we admire for their imaginative strength to do something practical, something that would instantly come to the aid of those in need, without speeches, without philosophical observations, without ideological investment in the future. Something practical—now.
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Posted on August 30, 2011 by Christopher St. Clair
While Lincoln Center Institute’s advocacy on behalf of imagination, creativity, and innovation in education and all aspects of life and work constantly gains new ground in the U.S., we are acutely aware that there are many parts of the world where our ideology has not yet made inroads. Since a part of our vision is determinedly global, as we believe that imaginative education must nurture a deep understanding of diverse cultures, it is encouraging to know that we’re by no means alone.
In July, as LCI readied for its own American Imagination Summit, GFEN held a series of nationwide conferences with the theme “For an Other Education.” Promising—but, ask you, what is GFEN?
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Posted on May 13, 2011 by Scott Noppe-Brandon
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An enhanced edition of Imagination First, the book I wrote with Eric Liu in 2009, was published in paperback on April 26th. Watching it go out into the world a second time has prompted me to revisit the question: what kind of impact would I like the book to have?
A brief, breezy personal anecdote will illustrate the more serious point I want to reach. I used to play racquetball on a regular basis with two friends, a Ph.D. in psychology and an attorney. The psychologist’s strategy—which may or may not have had to do with his profession—was invariably to try to psyche his opponents out and make us play below our usual level. But when I competed against Joe, the attorney, he played with a healthy intensity that drove me to play better—which then led him to play even better. We pushed each other to improve our games, and no matter who won, that always felt pretty good. Continue reading
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