Creative Leaps Artists Headline at Mid-Hudson
On July 10, Creative Leaps President and CEO John Cimino offered a daylong
Development, Knowledge Integration, and the Mind Processes of the Arts,” at
the Mid-Hudson Leadership Academy. The Academy is a yearly renewal
opportunity for higher officials in the field of education, and this
year’s session brought approximately 200 attendees from the
surrounding Hudson Valley area.
Cimino and pianist Tom McCoy also collaborated with consultant
and educator Meg Wheatley on her keynote presentation for
the 3-day event.
Wheatley addressed the severity of the challenges facing public
educational institutions today – and the responsibility of professionals,
parents, and communities to own these challenges and to start addressing
Weaving music through Wheatley’s address, Cimino and McCoy’s
performances served as invitation and convocation – soulful catalysts
to bring conversations, meditations, and new themes into the room.
Aaron Copland’s “Simple Gifts,” for example, helped
celebrate the exploratory process and that place in ourselves (as the
song goes) where we “come round right.” This led directly
to Wheatley’s primary theme, that only within ourselves – as
caring people and as members of a larger community – can the
tough issues be dealt with and resolved.
Wheatley has spent years as a consultant and instructor on organization
and social management in uncertain times. Her latest book, Turning
to One Another, addresses the importance of community and simple
conversation in engaging true change in the world around us.
The artists of Creative
Leaps first collaborated with Wheatley at the European Conference
on Arts and Business in Slovenia in 2002. They were thrilled
to work with
her again, raising awareness and conversation on these issues
of leadership and education.