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High-wire artist Philippe Petit says that discovering our hidden creativity is essential for making a wondrous life. The Utah Arts Festival and KUER's RadioWest are hosting the Creative Utah Project, a series of art challenges to help Utahns young and old discover their hidden creativity and unleash their artistic powers. YOU are the artist. Check back here for the weekly challenges or subscribe to the RadioWest podcast. Then, send us your works of art by tagging #creativeutah on social media or by emailing radiowest@kuer.orgUtah Arts Festival runs June 25 - 28th. Get more information.If you're looking for inspiration, you can also listen to this collection of RadioWest conversations on the creative process.

The Science of Creativity

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Still from the VideoWest pick jenna means little bird by Utah filmmaker Steve Olpin

Can everyone be creative? The psychologist James Kaufman says yes, with a caveat. Not many people are going to be a Mozart or a FridaKahlo. But you can nurture your creative side, and research shows it can make you happier, funnier, and even sexier. Thursday, we’re kicking off a series of short #creativeutah challenges in partnership with the Utah Arts Festival. Kaufman will join us to explain what science says about our creative potential. (Hint: it does require follow-through and hard work.)

RadioWest and Utah Arts Festival are partnering on a series of challenges to get your creativity flowing. Each Friday between now and the Festival (June 25th-28th), we'll post the challenges on our podcast and on-line. You're invited to create your response and share it across social media with the tag #creativeutah.

James Kaufman is a professor of Educational Psychology at the University of Connecticut. He's books include Creativity 101 [Indiebound|Amazon] and the Cambridge Handbook of Creativity.[Indiebound|Amazon]

The first in our #CreativeUtah Challenges is to write a haiku, so we sat down with Utah poet Jackie Osherow to talk about the form. Listen in and share your own work with the tag #CreativeUtah

Doug Fabrizio has been reporting for KUER News since 1987, and became News Director in 1993. In 2001, he became host and executive producer of KUER's RadioWest, a one hour conversation/call-in show on KUER 90.1 in Salt Lake City. He has gained a reputation for his thoughtful style. He has interviewed everyone from Isabel Allende to the Dalai Lama, and from Madeleine Albright to Desmond Tutu. His interview skills landed him a spot as a guest host of the national NPR program, "Talk of the Nation." He has won numerous awards for his reporting and for his work with RadioWest and KUED's Utah NOW from such organizations as the Society of Professional Journalists, the Utah Broadcasters Association, the Public Radio News Directors Association and the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.