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Contemporary confidence = I could do that + show me where

Five steps to awake contemporary artist and cultivate creative confidence in every young person

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Contemporary art can sometimes seem at odds with a public that does not feel that art and its institutions share its values. Now think about the young people who have an idea to create something different, but do not have the inner voice or a reference which would plant the words in their head – „Yeah, I can do it“. Contemporary art have the potential to contribute particular insights into, and understandings of phenomena to this topic.

When you look at particular artists and their work young people should anticipate how they might perceive or question particular images,objects, tactics, or creative methods. Encourage new questions, and create newways of looking, thinking, and creating, by setting up a platform which anyone interested could connect to.

Step 1 – Are you good enough to do this?Introduce three different pieces of an established artists who may have divergent ideas or approaches, and can offer multiple perspective related to a chosen theme . By introducing three pieces we would make them think through multiple options before selecting a final idea to pursue.Step 2 – Create somethingNext step is to ask the young people if they can create something similar to the three featured pieces. It can be anything from sketch, installation, prototype etc. Do you have enough creativity and skills to do something similar to what contemporary artist does?Step 3 - .Acknowledge and Appreciate This is a side note for parents/educators/contributors. Each appreciation adds to the creative confidence. Step 4 – AwardsStart conversation. Evaluate. Implement and award the best proposals. Honour the winners with the “Contemporary Creative” award.Step 5 – Be confident about your creativity

In this challenge, we want to create ideas with young people, not for them. Outline how you’re planning to involve young people or other end-users (parents, teachers, etc) in designing, iterating or testing your idea during the Ideas phase.

Step 1 – Are you good enough to do this? Step 2 – Create something Step 3 - .Acknowledge and Appreciate Step 4 – Awards Step 5 – Be confident about your creativity

How might you envision your idea spreading across geographies or cultures so that it inspires young people around the world to cultivate their creative confidence?

As observed by Thomas McEvilley in The Triumph of Anti-Art, countless works in the "conceptual" and "performance" genres over the years have been made to "render foolish" attempts at interpretation and to defy normal understanding. It‘s an important point to notice. This way we do not encourage young people to steal other ideas in order to create another meaningless copycat art objects.


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Hi Povilas,
Great points.

I am not sure if I want to bring in step 3. Why compete when you can explore and build upon? Plus each perspective will be creative in its own way...

I will want to add another step.. 'Acknowledge and Appreciate'. This is a side note for parents/educators. Each appreciation adds to the creative confidence. :)

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Hey, Neetika,

Thanks for your great points. I think point 3 should be understood as evaluation and selection of the best works and results of the previous explorations. So it would appreciate all the contributors, but at the same time would select the best ones. So I think 'Acknowledge and Appreciate' step should be added before the step 3.

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I agree with your point about 'acknowledge and appreciate' - its also a feature that i try to emphasize in the art based creativity program concept that I submitted - please check it out if of interest! :)

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