Releasing Creative Genius for Social Change

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  • Title: Releasing Creative Genius for Social Change: Infusing Leadership with the Mythopoetic Sensibilities Found through Being “in” the Arts
  • Author(s): Michael Bell
  • Publisher: Common Ground Research Networks
  • Collection: Common Ground Research Networks
  • Series: The Arts in Society
  • Journal Title: The International Journal of Social, Political and Community Agendas in the Arts
  • Keywords: Myth, Mythopoeisis, Artistic Sensibilities, Phenomenology
  • Volume: 13
  • Issue: 1
  • Year: 2018
  • ISSN: 2326-9960 (Print)
  • ISSN: 2327-2104 (Online)
  • DOI: https://doi.org/10.18848/2326-9960/CGP/v13i01/1-15
  • Citation: Bell, Michael. 2018. "Releasing Creative Genius for Social Change: Infusing Leadership with the Mythopoetic Sensibilities Found through Being “in” the Arts." The International Journal of Social, Political and Community Agendas in the Arts 13 (1): 1-15. doi:10.18848/2326-9960/CGP/v13i01/1-15.
  • Extent: 15 pages

Abstract

Frye’s phenomenological analysis of Blake’s mythic offerings reveals approach to archetypes that positions creative perceiving as essential to what our being-in-the-world-together might mean. His later work traversing Western mythical literature and art opens understandings of four primary enduring concerns. For Frye, art is a creative perceiving that calls for an imaginative ordering of experience. Thus the arts and mythopoeisis mingle as they enter into a play with meaning. Not in an arbitrary, relativist sense but in ways that nurture the primary concerns of humanity. Here we find leadership already in form, not as the constraining, instrumentalist tool of the dominant ideology, but as an always already relational endeavour that seeks to reshape our social realities toward a diversification of meanings of what it is to be human. This paper explores how artistic sensibilities with their meaning-full orientations offer generative metaphors for both the research and practice in leadership.