Inspired to Act by Caine’s Arcade

Today, I fell in love with creativity…not that I didn’t love it before but I REALLY fell it love with it today. For the first time ever, I experienced Caine’s Arcade. If you’ve never seen it, please take a moment and watch. I dare you to NOT be moved.

What struck a nerve with me were thoughts of my nephew and bearing witness to his struggle to utilize his creativity during the school year. I was also moved by thoughts of the children of my own community where creative outlets, even cardboard ones, do not exist.

I’ve seen many posts about genius hour and passion projects and I have to say that it’s kind of sad that we are so testing driven that projects such as this are oven relegated to the end of the school year. What Caine did was a massive PBL incorporating probably every subject that he had in school.  No one assigned it. No one told him to do it. He didn’t have to clear his idea with anyone. It started with a cardboard box and his imagination.

After watching Caine’s Arcade for the millionth time, I called my nephew, whose creativity is often overlooked yet amazingly brilliant. Unfortunately, he has to turn his imagination off from 8 until 3:30 Monday through Friday. After school, after being annoyed with his homework packet, he walks around the house…finds things and creates. Caine’s creativity reminded me of him.

I will be hosting a Cardboard Challenge because of my nephew. I’ve reached out to our local community service organization and will contact our public library tomorrow about having a Caine’s Arcade viewing party in their media room, which I saw this summer for the first time. It’s amazing and now I know why I saw it…I was meant to do this!

I feel empowered to do something that can encourage creativity and innovation amongst an entire community…my community!

Are you up to the challenge? Join me. If not in your school, contact your local agencies and go to where the kids are. Spark a sea of FUN!

In the meantime, please take a moment and look at the Haiku Deck that I made of my nephew’s creations!

Created with Haiku Deck, the free presentation app for iPad

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