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Dafna Moriya
Art as a practical tool

Western culture tends to prefer science and logic over art and the imagination as sources of knowledge. Yet, science alone is not enough. Art can serve as a tool to reach additional levels of understanding, and provide access to tacit knowledge and content that are inaccessible to the conscious mind, thus encouraging creative, innovative thinking in problem solving, research and social change, regardless of artistic skill or talent. Every person has the innate tendency to create. In the past, everyone made their own tools and decorated them, thereby engaging in creative work.

Nowadays, children make art naturally, until arriving at a certain stage when most of them internalize criticism from their surroundings and start to refrain from creating art. But actually everyone can doodle, and sketch at least simple things like a circle or triangle. I call for returning the right of every person, regardless of their skills or talent, to benefit from creating artwork! My goal is to help integrate the arts as a tool for encouraging creative, innovative thinking in problem solving, research and social change, regardless of artistic skill or talent. For this purpose I established The Center for Art­based Research and Change. The center provides workshops, lectures, supervision and consultation to individuals and organizations.

http://moriya.co.il/
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