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Mason Currey


[co-sponsored by the Departments of Music, History, Philosophy, English, Theater and Astronomy and The Honors College]

LECTURE Sept 18 @ 6 p.m. in the CFTA Rehearsal Hall

WORKSHOP 10-12p.m. and 2-4p.m. @ the lawn east of the Center for the Arts on the NMSU main campus

Imagine a fun fair atmosphere, with dancing, music, color and crowds of people. Instead of lining up for the rollercoaster, however, you are there to participate in activities that will help you generate and harness your creativity. On Friday, September 18th on the lawn east of the Center for the Arts on the NMSU main campus, a group of faculty members and students from the College of Arts and Sciences and the Honors College will provide a series of free “creativity workshops” designed for anyone who wants to explore their creative side. Students from NMSU and surrounding community colleges, public, private and charter schools as well as those being home schooled are especially encouraged to participate. Alll ages are welcome. Morning sessions will be offered from 10 a.m. until 12 p.m., with afternoon workshops available from 2-4 p.m.

Participants at the creativity workshops will work with faculty and students from the departments of Art, Dance, English and Theater to tap into their own creative resources. There will be opportunities for physical movement, artistic expression and thoughtful game playing. “We want to highlight the importance of creative thinking in all of life’s pursuits, academic and otherwise,” says workshop organizer Stephanie Taylor, Assistant Professor of Art. “Albert Einstein was as creative, in his own way, as Pablo Picasso. He just expressed his creativity in the mode of elegant formulae and scientific hypotheses instead of as drawings, paintings or sculptures.” As the legendary American choreographer Twyla Tharp has said, “Creativity is not just for artists. It’s for business people looking for a new way to close a sale; it’s for engineers trying to solve a problem; it’s for parents who want their children to see the world in more than one way.”

At 6 p.m. on the evening of September 18th Los Angeles-based author Mason Currey will speak about the creative process in the CFTA Rehearsal Hall on the NMSU main campus. Currey is the author of Daily Rituals: How Artists Work (Alfred A. Knopf, 2014), a collection of first hand accounts of creative practice from musicians, dancers, artists, writers, scientists and other inspired thinkers of the modern era. Come hear inspirational stories about how Beethoven and Woody Allen both use water, in the form of baths and showers, to spur ideas, and how other creators work around limits of full time jobs and house keeping tokeep up a creative practice. Currey’s lecture is free and open to the public, and his book will be available to purchase from representatives of the Barnes and Noble bookstore staff.