The Creative Impulse Symposium, sponsored by the Center for Arts & Humanities and coordinated by the Museum of Art and Archaeology, takes place on the first Friday afternoon of each month during the academic semester. This interdisciplinary, informal and highly collaborative group is meant for actors, artists, authors, musicians and poets—that is, anyone who ponders the nature and notion of “the creative impulse.” Since its inception in fall 2007, the Creative Impulse Symposium has explored a wide range of issues involving this intriguing and increasingly important phenomenon. These issues include the nature of human creativity, the role of social networks in fostering human creativity, how creativity and academic scholarship relate to one another, and the rapidly emerging public policy issue of “creative communities”.
The Creative Impulse Symposium grows quite naturally out of the Museum of Art & Archaeology’s long-standing role as a teaching museum for the University of Missouri, because a key dimension of the Museum’s mission involves providing meaningful contexts for considering our cultural heritage. In that regard, the Symposium (we provide refreshments and food for thought, but no wine!) demonstrates an interesting application of what the late Ernest Boyer, President of the Carnegie Foundation for Higher Education, referred to as the Scholarship of Integration, by helping scholars from many academic fields and disciplines place their own original data and research into broader, meaningful contexts. Please join us in person or online to help us create new knowledge about The Creative Impulse.
Please contact Symposium coordinator Arthur Mehrhoff for meeting times and places, or with any additional questions you may have about The Creative Impulse Symposium.