These are muses that spark my imagination and feed my creativity. 

"It is a miracle that curiosity survives formal education." -- Einstein

Junius Sage Wright: 
Learn like a five-year-old.

My son, Sage, is able to imagine, create, and play without fear.  This has enabled him to build flying machines that he calls "Fuzzards".  This short video demonstrates the potential benefits of integrating play into the classroom. 


Ken Robinson says schools kill creativity

Sir Ken Robinson makes an entertaining and profoundly moving case for creating an education system that nurtures (rather than undermines) creativity.

Sir Ken Robinson: Bring on the learning revolution!

In this poignant, funny follow-up to his fabled 2006 talk, Sir Ken Robinson makes the case for a radical shift from standardized schools to personalized learning -- creating conditions where kids' natural talents can flourish.

Stuart Brown says play is more than fun

A pioneer in research on play, Dr. Stuart Brown says humor, games, roughhousing, flirtation and fantasy are more than just fun. Plenty of play in childhood makes for happy, smart adults -- and keeping it up can make us smarter at any age.

PLAY - the book cover


Benjamin Zander on music and passion

Benjamin Zander has two infectious passions: classical music, and helping us all realize our untapped love for it -- and by extension, our untapped love for all new possibilities, new experiences, new connections.



 Early in his autobiography, Life, Keith Richards recalls the early days before the Rolling Stones when he shaped his craft with Mic Jagger.  
"Almost immediately after we met we'd sit around and he'd start to sing and I'd start to play and hey that ain't bad.  And it wasn't difficult.  We had nobody to impress except us.  And we weren't looking to impress ourselves.  I was learning too.  With Mic and me at the beginning.   We'd get say a new Jimmy Reed record and I'd learn the moves on the guitar and he would learn the lyrics and get it down.  And we would just dissect it as much as two people can.  Does it go like that?  Yea it does as a matter of fact.  We had fun doing it.  I think we both knew we were in a process of learning, and it was something you wanted to learn and it was ten times better than school.  I suppose at the time it was the mystery of how it was done.  And how could you sound like that.  This incredible desire to sound that hip and cool.  And then you bump into a bunch of other guys that feel the same way.  And via that you meet other players and people and you think it can actually be done." 

The Value of Arts Education: A Video
This 14-minute film does a great job detailing the impact of arts education on the development of children’s cognitive, artistic, social and psychological development.

Enlivening the Senses: Arts|Learning at the Core of Education from Arts|Learning on Vimeo.