Expand your mind with the Year of Creativity at UNB

Welcome to the Year of Creativity – an interdisciplinary collaboration that stretches across faculties, departments and centres at UNB as well as across community organizations in Fredericton.

This academic year (Sept. 2015 – Sept. 2016) has been designated the Year of Creativity and features a wide range of events to raise the visibility of creative practices taking place on UNB’s Fredericton campus and across the province as a whole.

Creativity is a set of skills that allow us to think outside the box, take risks and develop new ideas or products. The committee behind the Year of Creativity believes these skills can be learned to enable innovation. They also believe that if our education systems, at both the secondary and post secondary levels could produce more creative or critical thinkers, a culture that truly understands and supports creativity and innovation as one of its applications could be formed.

“Ways to increase innovation include supporting the development of creative skills, providing opportunities for cross disciplinary or interdisciplinary problem solving and promoting more research in creativity and innovation,” UNB professor Mary Blatherwick said.

Creative people are trained to think differently and so their skills can be valuable in many areas of research and development. In many sectors, a cross-disciplinary or interdisciplinary approach to problem solving is becoming a way to bring different forms of expertise and thinking together to solve problems.

The next events are Creativity & Innovation Tours happening on Thursday March 3rd, 2016. The morning tour runs from 10:30 am to 12 noon and will take in the UNB Media Lab, Mi’kmaq- Wolastoqey Centre, and Technology Management & Entrepreneurship. The afternoon tour runs from 1:30 to 3 pm and will include the UNB Art Studio, Pond Deshpande Centre, and UNB Art Centre.

This is a walking tour so please come dressed for the weather. A minimum of two people per tour is required to run the tour to a maximum of 15 people per tour. Registration is required. Click here to register. Tours may be cancelled due to inclement weather. Come and spark your imagination by visiting some of the amazing sources of creativity and innovation on the UNB Fredericton Campus! Each tour will meet at the Harriet Irving Library on the UNB Fredericton Campus at the designated start time.

Click here for a list of all future events.

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