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Natural Awakenings

Creativity and Community: Getting Started

Sep 02, 2010 04:01PM

“Imagination will often carry us to worlds that never were. But without it, we go nowhere.”  ~ Carl Sagan

Why people engage in creative opportunities in their communities is a question that has long been debated. In 1998, the Urban Land Institute conducted a study to uncover the answer. According to participants, people’s primary motivations include:


 1. to celebrate heritage
 2. to support community events or organizations
 3. to learn something about   another time or culture
 4. to learn more about a particular form of art or cultural expression
 5. to experience the high quality of an art
 6. to support a family member or friend
 7. to participate in a religious service, ceremony or ritual
 8. to get together with friends or family for social reasons


In every case, the phenomenon of inspired community enhances our individual and collective quality of life.

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