Embracing Creativity

By Melissa Heintz
Public Affairs Specialist, IMLS

Columbus Museum of Art Executive Director Nanette Maciejunes thinks that creativity is a critical 21st century skill that we all should have. She also believes that we can discover our passions in life by connecting with art. Look no further than the Columbus Museum of Art to think outside of the box! Programs like ArtLab help teens tap into their curiosities and interests and turn them into skills. Nineteen-year-old Jeffrey Tucker claimed he was the “master disaster of technology.” Prior to coming to the museum, he hadn’t dreamed of working with fancy laptops or HD video cameras. He was afraid to use high-tech gadgets until his ArtLab mentor taught him that something good can come from conquering your fears. Through ArtLab, he discovered his passion for filmmaking. Jeffrey now aspires to be a film producer and credits the museum for opening up his mind to a new dream.

The Columbus Museum of Art was one of 10 winners of the 2013 National Medal for Museum and Library Service, the nation’s highest honor for libraries and museums that are serving their communities in exceptional ways. Do you know of a museum or library that has made a difference? Nominations are now being accepted for the 2014 National Medal. Nomination Forms must be mailed and postmarked by October 15, 2013.

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2 Responses to Embracing Creativity

  1. Jeri Hallberg Harmon, M. Ed. says:

    One of the most recent discoveries I have made is the LITTLE, FREE LIBRARY.
    This a super neat idea and can be placed in schools, churches and in front yards, churches, anywhere really that we want to promote reading. The idea is to place
    a miniature library, it looks like a large bird house or can even be a refurbished soap box, milk carton, etc. in which age appropriate books are placed and anyone can have them for free. The idea is to , ” take a book, give a book. ”

    Talk about promoting literacy and recycling !!

    I suppose one could create or do this project on their own, but if you want to participate in the original ,”FREE SMALL LIBRARY”, go to http://www.littlefreelibrary.org/little-free-libraries-for-small-towns.html, and it will have a full explanation of their project!!!

    It is ideas such as this that bond the communities together and create such a great feeling have literacy promotion!!!!

    Jeri Hallberg Harmon, M. Ed.
    Communication Instruction Specialist
    University of Texas at El Paso

  2. Edwin says:

    I can tell that the Exec Dir is extremely passionate about her purpose. This transcends into all that they library was about. Her spirit of creativity is exciting and I hope that more and more libraries embrace this constructive ethos.