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Creativity in Education Symposium, Ireland New York (I.NY) Festival

The University of Limerick recently hosted the ‘Creativity in Education’ Symposium as part of the wider Ireland New York (I.NY) Festival. The Festival encompassed a fascinating cultural programme celebrating the relationship between Ireland and New York - ‘one story at a time’. The Symposium, chaired by Professor Lisa O’Malley of the Kemmy Business School took place in the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance and engaged educators, artists, entrepreneurs and policymakers in an international, inter-disciplinary conversation advancing emerging narratives of creativity in education.
 
Keynote presentations were delivered by Professor Sarah Moore (Chair of Ireland’s National Forum for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education), and Dermott Rowan (MD of Kiely Rowan PLC, responsible for the internationally renowned Orla Kiely brand). Both presenters acknowledged the importance of engendering creativity through education but, importantly, both highlighted the numerous challenges that have yet to be overcome.
 
An international panel evaluated the extent to which efforts to promote creativity in education have been effective. The panel comprised Dr Jane O’Meara Sanders (Founding Member of the Sanders Institute), Steve Dahlberg (Founder and Director of the International Centre for Creativity and Imagination), Marie Parker Jenkins (Professor of Education at the University of Limerick), and Monica Spencer (Member of the Arts Council of Ireland, Freelance Producer, Festival Organiser and Community Theatre Facilitator).
 
A second panel of practising artists engaged in an insightful discussion around Art, Creativity and Education. Panel members included Jean Butler (Director of the UCD Irish Dance Ensemble and Associate Professor of Irish Studies at Glucksman Ireland House, New York University), Mike Finneran (Member of the High Level Implementation Group which has responsibility for overseeing work on the Arts in Education Charter and a former member of the NCCA Board for Early Childhood and Primary Education), Mark O’Kelly (Artist and Lecturer in Fine Art at Limerick School of Art and Design), Trish Long (VP Disney Ireland and board member of the Irish Film Institute), and Mary Nunan (Contemporary dance artist and former Chair of the Special Committee on the Arts and Education).