10Oct

Creative Self-Expression

For so long creativity has been perceived mainly in terms of “imagination”, “originality” and “self-expression”. At Creative Minds International Academy, we consider “divergence” as synonymous with creativity. The distinguishing feature of what we do is our preference for student-centred learning. We find many routes to creativity and self-expression, through a variety of artistic disciplines such as drama, dance, music, creative writing, the visual arts, including photography. Through these activities, we engage our students in a process that uses a holistic learning framework to access physical, mental, spiritual and social wellbeing. One of the most engaging features of the creative process is that it facilitates moments of vitality and connection for those who participate in it. The benefits of creative expression do not end at any particular age. People of all ages can all participate in creative or artistic expression, and it can be utilized to express thoughts and feelings that are too big or too difficult to put into words. Sir Ken Robinson, an internationally recognized leader in creativity, innovation and human resources development, describes this experience as “—one in which the senses are operating at their peak, when you are present in the current moment, when you are resonating with the excitement of this thing that you are experiencing, when you are fully alive.” Creative expression can lead to a deeper level of understanding, self-discovery and connection to the authentic self.

Every year, our school stages an annual Intercultural Festival. Through this Cultural Festival, our School engages our host community, parents, friends, supporters and partners to “Do Something Creatively and Culturally Positive” to support Cultural Diversity and Inclusion.The Cultural Festival becomes not only a wonderful instrument for artistic and creative expression, but also a platform for teaching positive values, and working cooperatively on a large scale with parents, faculty and students together in a common enterprise. An interesting component of our work is the “Values in African Thought Program”, through which our students engage one another and the community in thoughtful dialogue about the concepts and values that lead to a meaningful and fulfilling human life. This fosters understanding, capacities and relationships needed by young people committed to stepping forward and creating the change they want to see in the world.