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Michael Nobleza
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Michael Nobleza is Executive Director for the Children’s Creativity Museum, San Francisco’s hands-on, digital media art and technology museum for kids. Its mission is to nurture the creativity, collaboration, and communication of all youth and families. He can be reached at

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Tapping in to the Real Value of Creativity

(0) Comments | Posted February 27, 2014 | 3:48 PM

The California Arts Council -- the state's agency responsible for arts education policy-setting -- recently concluded a comprehensive strategic planning process involving an extensive statewide survey and numerous stakeholders to explore the future of state arts policy and arts education. At the heart of the Council's new five-year...

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Designing to Creativity

(1) Comments | Posted November 16, 2013 | 4:34 PM

Some of my best ideas come to me in the shower or in the bathroom. I'll be working on a problem in my head ad nauseum. I'll step away from the work out of frustration. In the middle of a walk outside or a meal, suddenly and without much effort,...

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A Creativity-Focused Agenda for Early Childhood Education Policymaking

(1) Comments | Posted September 26, 2013 | 11:09 AM

For many of the families we serve at the Children's Creativity Museum, this time of the year marks the annual ritual known as, "back to school." Families crowd the school supply and backpack aisles of retailers in search of everything on their list. Dedicated parents and kids await...

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Investing in Tomorrow's Creative Leaders and Innovators

(0) Comments | Posted July 23, 2013 | 6:30 PM

This weekend, I read the inspiring story of a middle-school team in Watts, California. The student team from Markham Middle School won a national engineering competition for designing a prosthetic arm using a plastic water bottle, wire and clamp. The story stood out for many reasons; among them...

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Creating Spaces for Kids to Make and Learn

(0) Comments | Posted June 6, 2013 | 9:40 AM

It was a moment of panic, the kind that gives rise to creative thinking and innovation. The Children's Creativity Museum (CCM) was hosting an iPad-based stop-motion clay animation booth for kids at the San Francisco Bay Area Maker Faire this year. Kids could shape clay into characters that...

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Prioritizing Creativity

(2) Comments | Posted April 24, 2013 | 10:19 AM

My partner and I were watching Armageddon the other night. As NASA raced to send Bruce Willis and Ben Affleck into space to prevent the impending collision of a planet-killing asteroid with Earth, my partner says, "You know that the American dream is alive again when kids start wanting to...

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Creativity for All

(2) Comments | Posted March 15, 2013 | 11:31 AM

The pundits following the 2013 SWSW Educational conference have been all abuzz about the supposed tension between those in the public educational system and entrepreneurs from the private sector. At the heart of the tension is the question of whose responsibility it is to innovate in the realm of public...

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