Creative Confidence is about helpingeveryone OWN their creativity abilities. Yet there are so few opportunities andresources for us to develop our creative skills. How do we create a system that allows youngpeople to roam free with their pursuits for creative accomplishments?
The Open Project: Every year, students are askedto complete an open project that can be anything from creating a cool toy outof cardboard boxes to a video. Starting in the beginning of the year, they canwork independently or in teams; whatever they feel most comfortable with.Throughout the year, students can showcase their progress at the school so thatfriends, peers, and family can come to see their work. This way, students cancollaborate and get help from one another. At the end-of-the-year showcase,students can display what they’ve been working on through the year.
WHAT KIND OF ROLES CAN PEOPLE PLAY?
The Creative Advocates: To help studentsthink/plan/do and get connected with people who can help them make theircreative pursuits into a reality, creative advocates can give guidance. Similarlyto how students meet with career advisors or guidance counsellors, they can setup appointments to talk about their projects and ask for help. These creativeadvocates can also connect the students to opportunities like hack-a-thons orintroduce them to professionals to help students with their projects. Ofcourse, creative advocates could really end up being anyone from teachers, toparents, to designated people.
The Parents: Every person is unique and itis often the job of the parents to nurture their children in a way that matchesthe child’s personality the best. A child’s school life shouldn’t have to becompletely separate from their parents and working on this project can giveparents a better understanding of what their kids are learning, interested in,and capable of.
The Participants (Young People): Since theyare asked to make a project, completely based on their own ideas, process, and interests,young people can pursue their interests in a safe environment that promoteswild ideas and failure. They can change their ideas, find new approaches, andask others for help depending on what works best for them. This way, they canlearn to OWN their creative confidence.