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Darren McDaniel

Founding Director, Urban ReThink + Course Director at Full Sail, Full Sail University in Orlando, FL

The Audacity of Play

PRESENTED ON SEP 20, 2013
IN ORLANDO @ VOL 11

Darren McDaniel, the founder of Urban Rethink, tells a story about how its mascot, Googly Ann, was born. It was drawn by his then 5-year-old niece. Urban Rethink strives to spur intellectual, economic, and community vitality through empowering independent-minded, community-spirited doers.

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Through the Backyard

BY LOPA MEHROTRA
@ VOL 8 ON JUN 05, 2012

Lopa Mehrotra found the key to solving the world's problems in her backyard. This key is play. Through play children learn about science, creativity, and innovation. Watch to learn how these qualities can change the world.

 

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Every Way to Play

BY PAUL CLOTHIER
@ VOL 62 ON MAY 21, 2018

An examination of the serious side of play, inspired by his childhood. Paul Clothier examined the word "play" from every angle leaving no letter unturned.

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Curiosity without Limits: Play, Art and a T. rex Named Sue

BY ÁLVARO AMAT
@ VOL 2 ON FEB 29, 2016

"The choice isn't about science and are, it's about living and not living."

In "Curiosity without Limits: Play, Art and a T. rex Named Sue" from PechaKucha Night Batavia Vol. 2, Álvaro Amat works at the Field Museum of Natural History, where Sue, the world-famous Tyrannosaurus rex, is the star of a collection of some 30 million objects. His experience collaborating with the Field Museum’s scientists in the creation of exhibitions that inspire curiosity led him to combine art and science in spontaneous explorations and experiments with his son, Nicolas. As an artist, educator, and parent, Álvaro attempts to create an in-between space of curiosity and wonder to break the barriers between reason and imagination for the integral formation of a more complete, creative, and happy individual.

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Play in Public Spaces

BY CATTYWAMPUS PUPPET COUNCIL
@ VOL 21 ON NOV 17, 2016

The Cattywampus Puppet Council, which is a Knoxville based nonprofit seeking to build community and promote play for all ages through the puppetry arts. This spring, Cattywampus will organize and facilitate the Appalachian Puppet Pageant, Knoxville’s first community puppet parade. This project will invite members of the community of all ages and backgrounds to come together and create puppets, masks, and costumes rooted in local ecology and stories of “place.” As an act of public play and storytelling, this parade will celebrate the culture of love, creativity, and mutual dependence we wish to create in Southern Appalachia.  

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Creativity and Play as Medicine

BY ANNA ATKINSON
IN BEXHILL-ON-SEA

Transpersonal Arts Counsellor Anna Atkinson’s practice incorporates art, movement, creative writing, voice and body work. She explores the potential of creativity to impact on health and wellbeing. Anna gives the audience an insight into the true happiness the freedom that art can give to those who are willing to embrace it. 

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Play-worker, a Day in the Life

BY PETER OLSON
@ VOL 6 ON OCT 27, 2017

According to Fred Rogers, "play is really the work of childhood." For many of us, play is for children and work is for grown-ups, but what happens when you grow up and find yourself working at play for a living? As a 15-year industry veteran, Peter Olson will share an insider’s perspective on a day in the life of a Play Worker.

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Play is Work!

BY SUSAN CARTER
@ VOL 5 ON JUL 26, 2018

Susan Carter walks us thorugh a brief glimpse of her day and why she is passionate about Play Therapy. 

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Drawing space

BY GREIG BURGOYNE
@ VOL 11 ON SEP 06, 2018

Grieg Burgoyne suggests that we are all 'a bundle of rhythms' and, through his exploratory, playful and site-specific drawing practice invites us to reunite with lost spaces, the periphery, the other, the elsewhere.

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HEALING ILLNESS THROUGH MENTAL PLAY

BY EMMA MAURO
@ VOL 26 ON APR 03, 2019

This is a story of recovery from crisis, barely surviving to flourishing and thriving. Emma takes us on a healing journey of creative arts that she now uses to facilitate healing in others.”