Imagination: More Important Than You Think

Imagination: More Important Than You Think

ImaginationOne of my favorite quotes is by Walt Disney: “Disneyland will never be completed. It will continue to grow as long as there is imagination left in the world. “

I was speaking with a friend last week and we were talking a bit about dreams and said “can you imagine if someone said to Walt Disney – I am sorry sir, you cannot build a park filled with castles, rides and characters”….Can you imagine if he actually listened to the people who didn’t imagine and believe something so magical could be created? Walt Disney created something from nothing. He had a vision and created a whole new world.

What is the imagination?: the dictionary defines it as: the ability to imagine things that are not real; the ability to form a picture in your mind of something that you have not seen or experienced; the ability to try new things; a creative ability.

In today’s world, imagination is a necessity. Our current culture calls for resourcefulness, problem solving and critical thinking at its best. Steve Jobs imagined a new way to communicate. Dr. Jonas Salk imagined that one day Polio would be eradicated. Howard Schultz, CEO of Starbucks, imagined a new way to not only drink coffee, but to make, serve and sell coffee. Did their ideas work every time? No! Did they continue with their vision? Yes. They were able to see something the rest of us did not.

Science calls for it. Medicine calls for it. Technology calls for it and so does Fashion, Film and Design. One must be able to picture in one’s mind something that “could be”.

Play is a critical component to letting your child’s imagination soar. Children need to play at the park, get messy with paints, run around outside and climb trees. “Free time” allows a child to dream, think, and ponder – critical components to becoming an imagination maker.

See you at art class!

Authored by: Lauren Perelmuter

Lauren Perelmuter, Owner and Founder of Art To Grow On Children's Art Center, Inc. has been dedicated to and deeply involved in the arts and art education for 25 years. As Founder and President, Perelmuter launched Art To Grow On Inc. in 2000, bringing Art Enrichment Programs, Products, and Services to children ages 18 months –18 years old. Perelmuter’s extensive background working with Schools, both private and public, along with Cities, Corporate Day Care Centers, Non-Profit Organizations and Corporations, has moved Art To Grow On Inc. to the forefront as one of the leading art enrichment providers in Southern California. Perelmuter believes the act of “creating” gives children Life Essential Skills: Critical Thinking, Problem Solving, Independent Learning, Collaboration, and Communication- skills this generation must embrace and refine not only to thrive but to contribute as global citizens and become optimal thinkers. “They are our future innovators!” Lauren can be reached at picasso@art2growon.com, www.Art2GrowOn.com and (310) 625-6028.

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