Sarasota County Arts Council

The Sources of Innovation & Creativity

Karlyn Adams, Wharton School
Commissioned by the National Center on Education and the Economy

"…creativity requires both a depth and a breadth of knowledge. It requires an ability to integrate and synthesize relevant information from across disparate subject areas and persistence, as well as a willingness to take risks, even in the face of doubt." - Karlyn Adams

"Creativity is just connecting things. When you ask creative people how they did something, they feel guilty because they didn’t really do it, they just saw something. It seemed obvious to them after a while. That’s because they were able to connect experiences they’ve had and synthesize new things." - Steve Jobs, Founder of Apple, Inc.

"Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep." - Scott Adams

"...the school, the state, the country that empowers, nurtures, enables imagination among its students and citizens, that’s who’s going to be the winner." - Thomas Friedman, Author, The World Is Flat


To read more about Arts Education, use the following resources:

Americans for the Arts: Arts Education Navigator, Facts & Figures

“Tough Choices, Tough Times” Executive Summary
The New Commission on The Skills of the American Workforce

“The Sources of Innovation and Creativity” by Karlyn Adams
A Paper commissioned by The National Center on Education and the Economy for The New Commission on The Skills of the American Workforce

Tom Friedman on Education in the ‘Flat World’
The School Administrator, February 2008, Number 2, Vol. 65/Globalization and Education

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