In his opening remarks at the 2015 ASTC Annual Conference, ASTC President and CEO, Bud Rock, was pleased to announce a major new initiative for the science center and museum field, sponsored by Disney. Creativity Garden will provide at least 75,000 hours of programming around creativity, science, and innovation to children and youth (ages 6 to 14) throughout the United States. Up to 80 ASTC-member science centers and museums throughout the United States will receive minigrants of $8,000 through a competitive application process. Applicants will describe how their proposed program designs relate to creativity focused around the research of the Center for Childhood Creativity white paper, Inspiring a Generation to Create: Critical Components of Creativity in Children (2015). The research identifies seven components of creativity in children: imagination and originality; flexibility; decision-making; communication and self expression; collaboration; motivation; and action and movement.
More details can be found at the ASTC Resource Center in the Exhibit Hall and during an informational webinar on October 27. Minigrant applications are due November 9. Funding will be distributed by January 2016 for programming between January and July 2016.
The program name and logo were created by the marketing and communications team at Sci-Port, Louisiana’s Science Center in Shreveport, under the leadership of Ann Fumerolo. ASTC wishes to thank Ann and her team for donating their time and supporting the project.