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Connecting Students to Georgia’s Creative Economy
Georgia boasts one of the most vibrant and robust creative economies in the nation, representing over $37 billion in annual revenue and $62.5 billion in total economic impact (Georgia Department of Economic Development, 2019). Realizing the opportunity for students to leverage their creativity as a key asset, Fayette County Public Schools formed the Community for Creativity initiative, which prepares students to become leaders in our world-class creative economy.

About the Community for Creativity
The Community for Creativity initiative highlights the vision of Fayette County Public Schools to create an environment “where excellence and creativity merge.” Rising Starr Middle School piloted the first school-wide model in 2018 with the second location at Flat Rock Middle School coming on board in fall 2019. Both communities highlight jobs in Georgia’s creative economy, with the instructional focus varying by location and program offerings that are unique to that campus.

A core tenet of the initiative is developing and supporting a student’s ability to create original ideas, concepts, and content. Classroom conversations change from “What are we learning today” to “What are we creating today?”

PROGRAM FUNDAMENTALS

The Community for Creativity is designed as a flexible framework to allow students to experience the variety of careers where the arts, technology and business intersect in the creative economy. Key tenets of the program include:

Creative Exploration

Creative Exploration

In conjunction with a standards based curriculum, STEAM and/or Arts Integration encourages originality, risk-taking, imagination, and persistence. Classroom walls are expanded through project-based learning which allows students to explore and experience the world around them.

Creative Exploration

In conjunction with a standards based curriculum, STEAM and/or Arts Integration encourages originality, risk-taking, imagination, and persistence. Classroom walls are expanded through project-based learning which allows students to explore and experience the world around them.

Collaboration

Students grow to respect and value the differences in others and work collaboratively to build a supportive culture where creativity can flourish. Flexible scheduling promotes implementation of cross-departmental projects and initiatives, focusing on an inclusive whole-child education that promotes social and emotional growth.

Relevant Connections

Mutually beneficial partnerships are formed throughout the community with creative industry professionals. Formation of these partnerships support individualized educational opportunities for students, increasing motivation through connections to people, places, and experiences that matter to them. Industry partners benefit from deeper understanding of public school education, and how the formation of public/private partnerships can prepare the future workforce of creative professionals.

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