Richard Branson, founder of Virgin Airlines (among other ventures) has a reputation as a pretty innovative and creative person. He’s certainly not afraid of a challenge.

He recently shared a personal quote on Twitter:

“An idea not written down is an idea lost. When inspiration calls, you’ve got to capture it.”

 Stephen King is one of our greatest living writers. He’s the author of 54 novels, nearly 200 short stories, and has contributed to numerous screenplays. He said of writing:

“Whether it’s a vignette of a single page or an epic trilogy like “The Lord of the Rings,” the work is always accomplished one word at a time.”

We caught up earlier with Noah Scalin, founder of Another Limited Rebellion and Creative Sprint. He’s no stranger to creative blocks, and used his Skull a Day project to jumpstart his imagination. Instead of words like King or innovative ideas like Branson, he created a skull-themed piece of artwork each day. Nothing grand, nothing requiring his entire day – just a piece of simple art.

Perhaps this is what attracted him to VCU, which made him their very first Artist-in-Residence at the School of Business.

Being creative, you see, is important no matter your subject.

Perhaps serendipitously, Scalin’s latest Creative Sprint took place during artoberVA. The process, and his challenge, was simple. By signing up (for free), participants were sent a daily email and asked to create something new. No “The Lord of the Rings.” No passenger jet to outer space. Just something creative.

The responses and works ran the gamut. From photos to collage, and written works to a campaign for a robot for President, participants found themselves embracing the challenge, and becoming excited about new outlets for creative release. Said one, “I’m always looking for a creative outlet, whether it’s writing, performing comedy, acting, DJing music, dancing… I thought it would be a good opportunity to challenge myself outside of the creative avenues I’m used to.”

Like King, for many it unlocked the realization that creativity starts with a single action, much like a single word.

“There were days when it was very difficult to make myself sit down and create (such as my 11-hour work days), but holding myself accountable to spending at least 2 minutes of creating something on those days made me realize that art can be what I make.”

 ArtoberVA celebrates the creativity and innovation in our community and recognizes the important part it plays in our lives. One educator accepted the Creative Sprint challenge, and brought it into her classroom.

The first day I introduce Creative Sprint to my classes is my favorite. Most students don’t know where to start because unlike most projects and assignments in school, there isn’t a right or wrong in Creative Sprint. There are no rubrics or checklists.”

Art is subjective. Art is what we make it. There is no right or wrong when it comes to creativity. There is only do.

See how Richmond embraced their Creative Sprint on our Instagram account.





Posted November 14, 2016 by & filed under 2016.