Art Sparks is a marvel! This vibrant creativity program is already sparking the imagination and empowerment of our children, who are seeking ways to connect to the wonders of our universe.
Mary Evelyn Tucker, producer of the EMMY-winning Journey of the Universe film, book, and educational series
Creativity expert Sir Ken Robinson challenges us to cultivate our children’s creativity, imagination, and innovation which are crucial for their—and the world’s— future. This presentation illustrates how Art Sparks: A Breakthrough Toolkit for Igniting Creativity and Empowerment delivers on that challenge. Art Sparks advances education to fulfill human potential by igniting individual creativity in a Big History context. The multimedia expressive arts course, for ages 8-12, provides a bridge between creativity and personal growth. Complemented by an award-winning film, the multimedia expressive arts program combines three Big Ideas: Self-Worth, Creativity, and the Cosmos / Big History.
Art Sparks’ unique socio-emotional tool with art therapy and Big History components yields proven powerful results. The innovative curriculum strengthens emotional quotient (EQ) skills, including classroom engagement, self-esteem, verbal and visual communication, creativity, and empowerment. Art Sparks uniquely facilitates intentional acts of self-expression—as embodied experience—in a holistic framework. This is the key to its success. Its six-step methodology can be adapted for various ages, educational venues, and projects.
In this presentation, participants learn Art Sparks’ techniques, six-step methodology, and the keys to its success as demonstrated by a wide range of compelling benefits at San Miguel Academy of Newburgh, New York. One 10-year-old boy there transformed so dramatically from an anxious loner to a warm, relaxed student with significantly improved learning and social skills, that his teacher now calls him “the poster child for Art Sparks’ therapeutic results.”
Imogene Drummond, M.S.W., M.F.A., A.C.S.W., is an award-winning filmmaker, artist, writer, speaker, former psychotherapist, and world traveler.
Imogene has presented her presentations and films, led workshops and focus groups, and participated in panel discussions and readings across the country including at museums, schools, libraries, and film festivals. These venues include at The Explorers Club, NYC; the Children's Museum of Art, Richmond, VA; The Museum of Photographic Arts, San Diego, CA; the Birch Wathen Lenox School, NYC; The Chapin School, NYC; the Santa Monica Library, Santa Monica, CA; the Jacob Burns Media Arts Lab, Pleasantville, NY; the LA Convention Center, Anaheim, CA; The Hastings Center, Garrison, NY; Marymount College, Tarrytown, NY; Renaissance Kids, Poughkeepsie, NY; the Desmond Fish Library, Garrison, NY; the Field Library, Peekskill, NY; the ArtFull Living Designer Show House, Cold Spring, NY; the Downing Film Center, Newburgh, NY; Merritt Bookstore, Cold Spring, NY; and MICA (Maryland Institute College of Art), Baltimore, MD, among others.
To schedule a presentation, please email Imogene at firstname.lastname@example.org, or her studio assistant at email@example.com.
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