Author Gordon Brown, from Glasgow, gave the keynote speech – and food for thought – at a recent ‘Naturally Creative’ event in St Joseph’s Academy, Kilmarnock
Around sixty teachers, artists and students from across East Ayrshire interested in networking and finding out more about what’s going on in the arts attended the evening, which was organised by the Council’s Creative Minds Team.
“The Creative Minds Learning Network in East Ayrshire is growing both in numbers and diversity of membership. It’s fantastic to be part of this exciting movement of people championing arts and cultural education in our schools and the wider community. Gordon’s presentation created a real buzz of dialogue and activity challenging the way we work and how we do things providing a stimulus for thought and action.” Helen Duncan, Cultural Co-ordinator
Gordon, who delivers ‘creativity training’ under the Brain Juice brand as well as writing crime novels, shared his ideas about what creativity is and how it works. This sparked discussion about the role of creative minds in business and about the value of teaching creativity in schools.
Those who attended the get-together also had a sneak preview of the outstanding new St Joseph’s Academy art exhibition.
Many took advantage of opportunities to meet and chat with fellow artists, teachers and parents in a friendly, informal setting.
People were also invited to put their names down for future workshops, visits and experiences, as the new Creative Learning Opportunities training diary for 2013/14 was launched. The network is part of a national initiative funded by Education Scotland and Creative Scotland.
Councillor Eoghann MacColl, Spokesperson for Lifelong Learning, said: “There’s quite a network locally of artists, practitioners and people simply interested in the arts and culture.
“I’m delighted that the Creative Learning Network provides such a stimulating forum for like-minded individuals to get together and discuss ideas in this way, in order to enhance creative, artistic and cultural education for our young people, in line with Curriculum for Excellence”.
East Ayrshire Council
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Creative Minds Team
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T: 01563 555 650