Humans engage in action aimed at bettering situations - whether communication, analysis, problem solving, or products - the list could go on. Culture, Creativity and Design are the expressive means whereby humans accomplish this - culture, for example, expresses identity; creativity is assessed and understood through its expression; and design requires expression of an improved solution to an identified problem.
The interaction of culture, creativity and design allows the conception of a new kind of space - a space that is complex, unfamiliar and potentially both messy and exciting. Encountering other cultures requires engagement with the unfamiliar; successful designs are, essentially, unfamiliar; creativity requires abandoning, in many cases, tried and true methods and approaches; and innovation comes from engagement with the unfamiliar.
Each of these three words - culture, creativity, and design - are in themselves complex and multidimensional. Culture is both practices and objects - the art, music, theater, literature, etc. - through which groups of people identify themselves and establish community. Design is both products of thought and the processes of giving form to ideas. Creativity is likewise both product and process and, moreover, defines something original coming into being, whether from an individual or through social forces. Each of the three constructs is diffuse and rich, bordering on ineffable.
The task faced by this alliance is not to define each of these concepts, but to explore the space created through their interaction. We ask ourselves how does Case Western Reserve University, in collaboration with partners in the region, advance these to create 21st century learning and discovery experiences? Engaging with cultures other than one's own is increasingly common; creativity is a sought after prize in the worlds of business, entrepreneurship, the arts, etc.; and design shapes the worlds we inhabit.
Dialogs on Managing
With its move into the Peter B. Lewis Building in 2002, the Weatherhead School became a close neighbor of the Cleveland Institute of Art. Members of the two faculties met and decided that the occasion was a moment that had to be seized. We decided to create a vehicle that would bring members of the two communities together in a sustained conversation.
The Cleveland Museum
of Natural History
The Cleveland Museum of Natural History houses the Hamann Todd skeletal collection. This collection contains the autopsy records and skeletons of over 3000 unclaimed 20th century cadavers from the Cuyahoga County Morgue. Most of these records were collected in the 1930s.
Art History at the CWRU
The Cleveland Museum of Art and the Art History and Art department of Case Western Reserve University, in 1967, developed a collaborative program that offers a distinct graduate education in art history. The Museum's curators serve as adjunct faculty, and graduate research projects under their direction often result in exhibitions and publications.