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Blog Post # 4 
The God of Opposites
Mask/no mask, go to the beach/stay at home, visit in person/Face Time local grandparents– these are decisions we are making in week 11 of shelter-in-place. Each day has become a collection of decisions requiring a constant juxtaposition of two or more choices, often resulting in the emergence of an entirely new option – a cognitive process used in creative thinking. Research tells us that creative people often use the strategy of Janusian Thinking, named after the Roman God Janus, the god of beginnings, transitions, doorways and passages, depicted as having two faces and the ability to look into the future and to the past simultaneously. How does this strategy work? According to Rothenberg, this process initially breaks apart previously held ideas and creates space for the joining of opposing ideas often producing new and valuable products, solutions, concepts, or designs. Creators in multiple disciplines often used this strategy to achieve original insights. In the visual arts, Jackson Pollock, the famous abstract expressionist painter, explained that his revolutionary artworks were based on his conception of both obscuring an image and expressing it at the same time, a Janusian process. In music, Renaissance composer Claudio Monteverdi described his method of producing slow and fast tempos simultaneously as a means of conveying the “contrary passions aroused by war, prayer, and death.” In science, Albert Einstein was able to imagine an object in motion and simultaneously at rest inspiring the insight that led him to arrive at the general theory of relativity. Though our lives are extra-complicated right now, recognize that the sheer number of options you are generating, and the unique ways you are combining them are increasing your creativity. Enjoy a small sampling of these recent innovations by checking out the birthday parades, zoom weddings, and avatar robots replacing students at graduation!
Thoughts for parents: Make an exhaustive list of opposites with your children and make up scenarios that would make them true. For example, when could you win by losing? What dessert could you be if you were hot and cold at the same time? What movies can you think of that have a character that is both a robot and human?
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El Dios de los Opuestos
Máscara o sin máscara, ir a la playa o permanecer en casa, visitar en persona o hacerle una llamada por video a los abuelos cercanos– estas son decisiones que estamos tomando en la semana número 11 de mantener en casa. Cada día se ha convertido en una colección de decisiones de dos o más opciones, que resultan en la aparición de una opción completamente nueva – un proceso cognitivo utilizado en el pensamiento creativo.
Los estudios nos dicen que las personas creativas utilizan la estrategia del Pensamiento “Janusian”, que lleva el nombre de el Dios romano Janus, el dios de los comienzos, transiciones, puertas y pasajes, representado como tener dos caras y la capacidad de mirar hacia el futuro y hacia el pasado simultáneamente. ¿Cómo es que funciona esta estrategia? Según Rothenberg, este proceso inicialmente rompe ideas previas y crea espacio para la unión de ideas opuestas que producen ideas nuevas y valiosas como productos, soluciones, conceptos o diseños. Los creadores de múltiples disciplinas seguido utilizan esta estrategia para lograr información original. En el aspecto visual artes, Jackson Pollock, el famoso pintor expresionista abstracto, explicó que sus obras de arte revolucionarias se basaron en la concepción de encubrir una imagen y expresar la imagen al mismo tiempo, un proceso “Janusian”. En la música, el compositor renacentista Claudio Monteverdi describió su método de producción de tempos lentos y rápidos simultáneamente como medio de transmitir las "pasiones contrarias traídas por la guerra, la oración y la muerte." En la ciencia, Albert Einstein fue capaz de imaginar un objeto en movimiento y al mismo tiempo en reposo lo cual inspiro la teoría general de la relatividad.
Aunque nuestras vidas son muy complicadas en este momento, ay que reconocer que el gran número de opciones que estamos generando, y las formas en las que las estamos resolviendo están aumentando nuestra creatividad. Ay que disfrutar de estas innovaciones recientes como los desfiles de cumpleaños, ¡Bodas por llamada virtuales como Zoom, y robots que están reemplazando a los estudiantes en sus graduaciones!
Pensamientos para los padres: Haga una lista de opuestos con sus hijos y escenarios que los harían verdaderos. Por ejemplo, ¿cuándo podrías ganar al perder? Qué postre podrías ser si estuvieras caliente y frío a la misma vez? ¿Qué películas se te ocurren que tienen un personaje que es robot y humano simultáneamente?
 
 
How have you been creative in a way that has surprised you during the Covid-19 crisis?
Share how you have been creative by emailing us at artopp@csusm.edu or through social media --> @artopportunity 
 

Covid-19 Resources  

Here at ART=OPPORTUNITY we are huge proponents of ther arts, especially during this difficult time brought on by the novel Covid-19 Virus. Time and time again the arts have proven to be essential to the growth and continuance of human development. Bellow are links to resources and cool art challenges to help you and nurture your resiliency! 

Our Mission statement

The mission of ART=OPPORTUNITY is to ensure that every child has access to learn in, with and through the arts. Our nonprofit organization does this by educating teachers/future teachers, parents, and school administrators about the importance of arts education. We do this by providing various resources throughout the year such as free access to research that supports arts education, leadership training, literacy residencies, summits, workshops, and so much more! 

On this website, you have access to our current research, upcoming events, and where you will find ART=OPPORTUNITY in the news and in the community. In addition, you can access our toolkit so that you are well equipped for spreading the word about this important initiative. Because the arts make a difference! 

Our Four Major Initiatives 

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Literacy Residency 
In conjuncture with the San Marcos Writing project we provide resources for  pre-service and in-service teachers to equip them with the skills and tools needed to improve student-writing achievement!

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Research 
We are so proud of being able to provide a open source of research that everyone can use to further our collective goal of all children being able to learn in with and through the arts! 

Click here for research supporting arts education 

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Bootcamp
 Every year we provide a three day hands on workshop that provides participants with the skills and tools that teachers need to integrate the arts into curriculum!

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Creative Youth Development 
Through programs such as The Arts Amplifying youth and the Career Pathways we have been able to directly help students develop leadership skills and so much more! 

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