International Creativity Month – January 2023

International Creativity Month is celebrated every year in January. Being creative in the first month of the new year can set you up for a year of success. International Creativity Month was founded by Randall Munson, a speaker, an entertainer, and a bestselling author of books such as “Creativity 102,” This month is celebrated to inspire people to get out of their comfort zones and start being innovative in their daily lives. A fresh start in the new year can go a long way in building a successful and happy future. Change is only possible if an attempt is made to do something new.

History of International Creativity Month

The root word in ‘creativity’ comes from the Latin word ‘creare,’ which is connected to the divine act of creation. In the Middle Ages (500 A.D.), it was believed that creativity was a divine power of God. Human beings could only be inspired by this divine force to create a piece of art. Humans were not capable of being the source of creativity. Consequently, artwork from the pre-Renaissance period was not signed since the artists felt that it was not truly theirs and the ownership belonged to some higher power.

In the 14th century, the term ‘create’ was first spotted in a book called “The Parson’s Table.” In this context, the meaning of creating something was still somewhat connected to the divine. However, artists like Michelangelo and Leonardo da Vinci began to sign their names on their work and started the ritual of ownership.

In the late 17th century, the divine connection to creativity was dismissed. People started to believe that creativity was not a divine thing, but only a few people were capable of it. Thus, creativity was born out of a genius mind.

In the 1920s, the Austrian neurologist Sigmund Freud explored the creative powers of the human mind. According to Freud, creativity was an outcome of the struggle between the ego and the superego. This theory democratized the idea of creativity to some extent, allowing people to think that they too were capable of being creative.

In the 1950s, scientists created standardized and systematic tests to measure creativity as more people show divergent thinking skills. Creativity became a quality that every individual could be capable of.

International Creativity Month timeline

500 A.D.
Creativity is a Divine Act of God

In the Middle Ages, creativity is seen as a divine power of God that human beings are incapable of.

14th Century
The Origins of Creativity

The term ‘create’ is first spotted in a book called “The Parson’s Table.”

17th Century
Birth of the Creative Genius

People believe that creativity is not divine power, but only a few extraordinary people are capable of it.

1920s
Freud Psychoanalyzes Creativity

Freud theorizes that creativity is an outcome of the struggle between the ego and the superego.

1950s
Everyone Can Be Creative

Scientists create standardized and systematic tests to measure creativity as more people show divergent thinking skills.

International Creativity Month FAQs

When is Creative Beginnings Month?

Creative Beginnings Month is celebrated in the U.S. every year in May. You can read more about it in this National Today article.

How can I be creative?

There are several ways to be creative. You can fine-tune your atmosphere so that it makes you feel calm and relaxed. You can create a brainstorming wall for new ideas. 

Does International Creativity Month have a public holiday?

No, unfortunately, International Creativity Month does not have a public holiday. All offices and schools will remain open as you continue to demonstrate your creative thinking skills. 

How To Celebrate International Creativity Month

  1. Take time to relax

    Let your mind wander away from work and your busy life. Relaxing can be a great stimulant for creativity.

  2. Go for a walk

    Walking in a nearby park can also help to unlock your creative juices. Walking clears your mind after a long day and can give you fresh insight.

  3. Take on something new

    Try to challenge yourself this International Creativity Month and try something you never have before. It could be a new hobby, a new project, or even just a new outfit!

5 Facts About International Creativity Month That Will Blow Your Mind

  1. Sleep increases creativity

    Resting your mind is important for creative ideas to emerge.

  2. Conformity is detrimental to creativity

    Creativity is about breaking out of the box and not conforming to what others are doing.

  3. More free time, more creativity

    Several studies have proven that people get their Eureka moments when they are off from work rather than during work hours.

  4. Positive vibes are good for creativity

    Happiness and a positive atmosphere help stimulate creativity.

  5. Creativity inspires independent thinking

    Creative people are divergent thinkers and do not participate in herd mentality.

Why We Love International Creativity Month

  1. It is fun to create things

    Creating something new takes a lot of time and effort, but it is also exciting. It is a joyful process to see your piece of work come to life.

  2. It gets you out of your comfort zone

    This is a month when we reject old ways of thinking. It is an opportunity for us to break out of our shells and think differently.

  3. We can challenge ourselves

    Creative thinking can be challenging. International Creativity Month is the perfect time for us to take on this challenge.

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