Adobe recently released the finding of a fascinating, but disturbing benchmark study titled, “Universal Concern that Creativity is Suffering at Work and School.”
The study’s authors state:
“The study revealed a workplace creativity gap, where 75% of respondents said they are under growing pressure to be productive rather than creative…more than half of those surveyed feel that creativity is being stifled by their education systems.”
Of the five countries studied, The United States ranked second in creativity – Japan was first – yet Americans see themselves as the most creative. What is perhaps most interesting about this study is according to Sir Ken Robinson, Ph.D, an internationally recognized leader in the development of education, that the notion that very few people are creative is a myth.
Central to CSMA is the belief that all people have creative potential. We offer classes to students as young as 18 months, but it’s never too late to pick up that guitar or throw that pot. We have students in their late eighties. Creative pursuits develop cognitive thinking, increase self-confidence, reduce stress and are just plain fun.