Other Resources

Making Creativity Visible is an initiative of the Columbus Museum of Art, and funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

The Columbus Museum of Art has a variety of other resources and on-site experiences for learners.

The Making Creativity Visible team also leads an immersive, multi-day Teaching for Creativity Institute for teachers from a variety of content areas and age groups to engage with the questions of;

  • What does creativity look like, feel like, and sound like in PreK-12 learning?
  • What are the dispositions of creativity? What are the conditions in which creativity thrives?
  • How can we support the dispositions and conditions that support creativity in learning?

Teaching for Creativity 2018 dates are June 12-15; for more information click here.

On this page, you will find some of the favorite external resources of the Making Creativity Visible team – museum educators and classroom teachers.  These are resources we revisit again and again for concrete and philosophical inspiration to foster and advocate for creativity.

Advocacy and Overview:

Cindy Foley’s TEDx Talk: “Teaching Art or Teaching to Think like an Artist?” Cindy Foley is Executive Deputy Director for Learning and Experience at the Columbus Museum of Art, and a key leader in the Making Creativity Visible initiative.  In this video, Cindy discusses the importance of nurturing the capacities to think like artists.


For a concise, engaging overview of some key aspects of creativity and its importance for our times, check out this interview with internationally-renowned expert in creativity, innovation, and education, Sir Ken Robinson, in the September 2009 issue of Educational Leadership magazine

EdLeader21 is a national network of school district leaders supporting the implementation of the “4Cs” of 21st century skills – creativity, critical thinking, communication, and collaboration. Their website includes a variety of resources for school stakeholders http://www.edleader21.com

The National Institute of Play has a wide range of research and resources to understand the neuroscientific and developmental role of play. This is a great site for those needing to advocate that play is serious business. http://www.nifplay.org/

Think Like an Artist: Lincoln Center Education site on the importance of arts learning in fostering crucial cognitive and non-cognitive skills http://lincolncentereducation.org/think-like-an-artist

Creativity PSAs by the CMA’s Leaders for Creativity fellows 2016-17

Tools to Support Documentation

Making Learning Visible and Visible Thinking webpages of the Project Zero site have complementary, rich resources.

Strong orientation to documentation as assessment and learning:

Learning Groups and the Uses of Documentation, one-pager from Making Learning Visible

The Relationship Between Documentation and Assesment, article by Carlina Rinaldi

The following books contain powerful stories and excellent resources to foster group learning and make creativity visible:

Krechevsky, M., Mardell, B., Rivard, M., & Wilson, D. Visible Learners : Promoting Reggio-Inspired Approaches in All Schools. San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass, 2013.

Barchi, P., Giudici, C., Barozzi, A., Cagliari, P., Filippini, T., Rinaldi, C., & Vecchi, V. (2001). Making learning visible: children as individual and group learners; RE PZ. Cambridge, MA: Reggio Children.

Ritchhart, R., Church, M., & Morrison, K. (2011). Making thinking visible: How to promote engagement, understanding, and independence for all learners (First ed.). San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.

Clapp, E. P., Ross, J., Ryan, J. O., & Tishman, S. (2017). Maker-centered learning: empowering young people to shape their worlds (First ed.). San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass.

Clapp, E. (2016). Participatory Creativity: Introducing Access and Equity to the Creative Classroom. New York: Routledge.

This site rounds up free resources for Reggio Emilia inspired learning: https://www.reggioalliance.org/resources/free-resources/

Protocols and Thinking Routines:

Project Zero routines to nurture thinking with students and others: http://www.pz.harvard.edu/ and Harvard Project Zero’s Visible Thinking work around making thinking visible to foster group learning and reimagine assessment: http://www.visiblethinkingpz.org/

National School Reform Protocols for facilitating professional conversations and group learning: https://www.nsrfharmony.org/free-resources/protocols


Links for Creative Inspiration:

Permeability Now blog by artist and educator Todd Elkin: http://permeabilitynow.tumblr.com/

Art21 educator resources for activating the practices of artists in the 21st century; featuring videos and a range of classroom strategies https://art21.org/for-educators/tools-for-teaching/art21-educators-on-the-art21-magazine/

Austin Kleon, author of Steal Like an Artist https://austinkleon.com/

Planning and Assessment for Arts Learning:

Models of Excellence examples of project-based learning experiences from Expeditionary Learning schools: http://modelsofexcellence.eleducation.org/

Planning and assessment templates for teaching in the arts, and photo essays to enliven the resources, at  Every Art, Every Child, from the Center for College Access and Success of Northeastern Illinois University, http://everyarteverychild.org/index.html

Reflections on teaching preschool children: Teacher Tom https://teachertomsblog.blogspot.com/

SeeSaw app for student portfolios https://web.seesaw.me/

Videos for the classroom:

The Kids Should See This: http://thekidshouldseethis.com/

Kid President http://www.kidpresident.com/

TED Ed https://ed.ted.com/

Columbus Museum of Art YouTube Channel features a number of resources for exploring creativity and the arts, including the following team favorites:

“Who is Aminah Robinson?” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iTwLL7va69E

Play: Matthew BrandtWhat is the role of play in your creative process?” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ehCLJ87Ldbw

“Think Like an Artist: Where do ideas come from?” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h-icX6HX0Fw

Links to select MCV Presenters and Collaborators:

Warren Berger, author of A More Beautiful Question, led a half-day workshop at CMA’s 2016 Creativity Summit.  The keynote presentation component is available online at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xh7qYW9XfcE

Dr. Melissa CrumMosaic Education Network presented at the CMA Creativity Summit, (2016) and spoke to the important role of diversity in fostering creativity.  For more of Dr. Crum’s workshops and resources, visit http://www.mosaiceducationnetwork.com

Sean Foley, artist, educator, and curator, presented on the nature of wonder and its role in the creative practice. The full talk from the Creativity Summit is available here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IXEBxpj16lc

Brandi Lust of Learning Lab Consulting led a workshop to support teachers in developing a practice of mindfulness and self-care, which she connects not only to the ability to be our best selves as educators, but to connect with key aspects of creativity. Read her reflections and reactions to her CMA workshop here.

Katherine Prince, KnowledgeWorks, engaged Creativity Summit participants in a workshop imagining the future of learning, using their forecasts: http://www.knowledgeworks.org/future-learning

Pioneer of play-based learning in the arts George Szekely presented at CMA’s first-ever Creativity Summit, coinciding with the unveiling of the Center for Creativity. View his keynote address here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yQhJ4sOjgKs

Terry Thomas, Children are Citizens, early childhood educator in Washington, D.C. and member of the Project Zero Classroom faculty, presented on engaging children in civic life, long-term investigations with young children, and how to make children’s thinking visible through her work on Children are Citizens. Click the link to view the beautiful and thought-provoking e-book created by the children involved in the project.

Tony Wagner, author of The Global Achievement GapCreating Innovators, and Most Likely to Succeed, delivered a keynote address at the CMA’s Creativity Summit. The presentation emphasized the importance of rethinking the purposes of and approaches to education. In addition to kicking off the final day of the Teaching for Creativity Institute, the talk also capped off the the Martha Holden Jennings Foundation’s Leadership Series, a book study of Wagner’s Most Likely to Succeed hosted by CMA and engaging senior leaders of school districts, universities, and education agencies.  In addition to checking out Wagner’s books, you can watch videos of some of his other talks here: http://www.tonywagner.com/tag/videos/

Documentation from Making Creativity Visible Team

Patrick Callicotte, a fellow in the Leaders for Creativity program at the CMA, maintains a teaching blog, on which he shared a number of approaches and considerations regarding documentation, grounded on his experience in the classroom and with the CMA’s Teaching for Creativity Institute. The post shares practical tips as well as important considerations.

Mr. Callicotte’s “Join the Conversation” documentation wall in the school hallway uses “comic-style” images and quotes from class discussion, as well as speech bubbles for students to respond to prompts


Teacher Twitter Feeds from the classrooms of the Making Creativity Visible team:




Videos to Inspire Creative Play:

An ART21 “Exclusive” video during which Oliver Herring reveals the origins of the Task Party.

Video of what a Task Party might look like in a middle school classroom.

“Caine’s Arcade” video, featuring a young boy and his imaginative cardboard games that united a community.