I am happy to announce that my work “Conversations with the Land” is being included in the “Creativity at Work” exhibit at Sun Valley Center for the Arts, Feb.21-May 24. I felt I should share it with you all because of the following passage on the invite….I certainly found it interesting. —Best, Tracy
In 2011 and again in 2012, the staff at the professional networking site LinkedIn surveyed its members and found
the number one word they used to describe themselves was “creative.” While bloggers at LinkedIn
described the word as overused, perhaps it in fact reflects a shift in our culture’s attitudes and values regarding work.
We associate the word creativity with the arts. But, obviously, workers across the economic spectrum find
that creativity is an essential part of what they do. How do different kinds of workers, from musicians to software
developers to farmers, integrate creativity into their work? And how has technology boosted (or stifled) our ability to
think and perform creatively?
Author and urban studies theorist Richard Florida argues that creativity must be the fundamental driver
of our economy. Businesses that prioritize innovation have become the nation’s economic leaders, and, as science
writer Jonah Lehrer points out, some corporations are using science to create environments specifically designed to
Lehrer has written that moments of innovation often seem to occur out of the blue, as a flash of insight. But,
he explains, these moments usually follow a considerable amount of work, and precede revisions and reiterations.
Creativity and hard work are inextricably linked.
This multidisciplinary project considers that link—the connection between work and creativity—and its
impact on the American workplace through workshops, theatre, panel discussions, films and a visual arts exhibition.