Did you know World Creativity and Innovation Week begins today? Since 2002, people, communities and organizations around the world have celebrated creativity for a week beginning on April 15 (Leonardo da Vinci’s Birthday). The goal is to enliven, encourage, enjoy and express your creative spirit and that of the people around you.
In honor of this week, I’m offering up some ideas for celebrating your creativity that include your family, friends or local community:
- Have a dinner party where each guest brings a dish from his/her country/region of origin/ethnic background or an old family recipe. I did this with friends once—it was great fun, and also educational!
- Gather with friends and put on a short play, just for fun. Or attend a drop-in improv class.
- Work in a community garden. Or start one!
- Write poems or create sketches on blank postcards, then leave these little creative bursts around for unsuspecting passers-by to discover: at a bus stop, on a park bench, in a cafe, on the subway, on a library shelf…
- Have a salon night with your family or friends—everyone does something creative. Sing a song, read a poem, dance, play an instrument…
- Make an international family meal. Each member of the family/household creates one dish. You can make dishes from various countries, or choose one country (not your own) and each contribute an entree, side dish or dessert.
- Throw a watercolor painting party.
- Write a community story. Each person writes a paragraph, then passes it on to the next person.
- Have an old-fashioned quilting party.
- Get together with friends and form a band for a night. Everyone plays whatever they can—harmonica, spoon banging on pot, anything. You don’t have to be good, you just have to have fun.
Do you have other ideas for family or community creativity? I’d love to hear about them!
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