The Utah Arts Festival is now underway, so #CreativeUtah No. 5 is the final challenge in our creativity series. We've partnered with the Festival to inspire you to see the art around you. This week, we're asking you to find "Unintentional Art." We were inspired by Davy Rothbart, creator of Found Magazine. The idea of the magazine is simple, they collect and publish stuff that readers have found and sent into them - notes, photos, cards, whatever. Rothbart says it's a way to connect to people we share the world with. RadioWest producer Elaine Clark spoke with him.

#CreativeUtah: Paper

Jun 26, 2015

Here's #CreativeUtah challenge no. 4. Take a piece of paper and ... do something with it. You can draw on it, write all over it, stain it, tear it, etc. It may seem like "just a piece of paper," but for Marnie Powers-Torrey of the University of Utah's Book Arts Program, it's much, much more. Doug sat down with her to ask what she loves about paper, and how you can create with it.

This week for our #CreativeUtah challenge, we're asking you to listen, really listen to the sounds around you. The idea is to put a sort of frame around a moment of audio - something commonplace or rare - and record it. Since the industrial revolution, mechanical and technical sounds have become part of our world and part of the art of experimental music composers. We asked musicologist Jeremy Grimshaw how modern composers have used found sound and what to listen for when you're recording your own.

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So, here's #CreativeUtah Challenge No. 2. This is our partnership with the Utah Arts Festival, and each week between now and the festival, we're posting a short podcast to help inspire you to be an artist yourself.

This week, we're asking you to capture a moment of motion on video and post it online with the hashtag #CreativeUtah. Don't overthink it - this could be as short as a 6 second Vine.

#CreativeUtah: Haiku

Jun 1, 2015

For the first in our #CreativeUtah Challenges, a partnership with Utah Arts Festival, we're asking you to write a haiku. It's the very short, traditional Japanese poem with a particular structure: usually (but not always) 3 lines - 5 syllables, 7 syllables, 5 syllables. We sat down with Jackie Osherow, Utah poet and distinguished professor of English at the University of Utah. She doesn't write haiku herself, but she's a fan. We asked her to read some classic examples and talk about what the masters have to say about the form.

Can everyone be creative? The psychologist James Kaufman says yes, with a caveat. Not many people are going to be a Mozart or a Frida Kahlo. 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.)

Forget what you think you know about creativity being the domain of the solitary genius. The writer Joshua Wolf Shenk says it's a myth that's outlived its usefulness. In a new book, Shenk looks at hundreds of creative duos -- like John Lennon and Paul McCartney or Marie and Pierre Curie -- to understand what he calls the "electrified space" of their partnership. We continue our series on creativity Tuesday when Shenk joins us to explain how these creative connections work, and why two heads really are better than one.

Everything is a Remix

Aug 13, 2014

We’re launching a series on how creativity works, and Wednesday, we begin with filmmaker Kirby Ferguson. Ferguson says there was a time when we thought of creativity as something divine and even today, we still have a tendency to fetishize originality. But Ferguson argues that art, technology and more can’t be made without building on the work of others. He’s the creator of a web series called “Everything is a Remix,” and he joins Doug to talk about why he set out to demystify creativity.

The Rx for Technology

Dec 14, 2012
Image by Jeff Meyer via Flickr,

David Strayer has known for a long time that there's a restorative power in nature. The University of Utah psychologist is an avid hiker, but his latest research quantifies the benefits of turning off your technology and getting outdoors. After 4 days in the wilderness with no cell phones, laptops or gadgets, people were 50% better at creative problem-solving. On Monday, Doug talks to Strayer and Stanford's Clifford Nass about how technology may be rewiring our brains and what we can do about it.

How Creativity Works

Jun 18, 2012

Tuesday, science writer Jonah Lehrer is with us for a look at what the latest research can teach us about our imaginations. Creativity isn't the special purview of artists and inventors; it's an impulse that's hard-wired into our brain and we can all learn to use it more effectively. We'll talk about how techniques like daydreaming, perseverance and channeling the inner seven-year-old can help us re-imagine the world. (Rebroadcast)