10 Ideas for Celebrating World Creativity Week

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:

  1. 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!
  2. Gather with friends and put on a short play, just for fun. Or attend a drop-in improv class.
  3. Work in a community garden. Or start one!
  4. 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…
  5. Have a salon night with your family or friends—everyone does something creative. Sing a song, read a poem, dance, play an instrument…
  6. 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.
  7. Throw a watercolor painting party.
  8. Write a community story. Each person writes a paragraph, then passes it on to the next person.
  9. Have an old-fashioned quilting party.
  10. 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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7 Responses to “10 Ideas for Celebrating World Creativity Week”


  1. 1 heather April 15, 2010 at 3:40 pm

    Happy Creativity Week- Fun ideas Sandy. I would love to try all of them, but my family would groan and probably say- Here she goes again!

    • 2 stranglingmymuse April 15, 2010 at 11:22 pm

      Aw, let them groan–you need to express your creativity!

      Or maybe you could just try one or two?

      Happy Creativity Week to you too, Heather!

      ~Sandy

  2. 3 Nanette Saylor April 17, 2010 at 5:08 am

    Thank you, Sandy for sharing these inspiring ideas.

    I love #4 – sketching or writing ideas and dropping them for passers-by.

    And we have a community garden at Trash 2 Treasure Creative Reuse Center in Fort Lauderdale. http://www.trash2treasurefl.org.
    If you’re ever in the area, stop by to see us, OK?

    To your continued inspiration!

    • 4 stranglingmymuse April 17, 2010 at 5:42 pm

      Glad you like these ideas, Nanette — I hope you try #4! And good for you for your community garden involvement. Thanks for stopping by, and best wishes for your continued inspiration, too!

      ~Sandy

  3. 5 Rochelle April 19, 2010 at 10:10 am

    Great ideas Sandy! I also like the idea I read about a few months ago where you write little poems, or inspirational sayings like “You are beautiful!” on Post-It notes and put them on ATM machines.

    • 6 stranglingmymuse April 19, 2010 at 12:37 pm

      Nice — I’ve heard the idea of leaving inspirational notes around for random strangers, but not specifically at ATMs! Might be good to hear something positive as you withdraw money to pay more bills…

      ~Sandy


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