Join the Flock Socks

Are you an entrepreneur, an innovator?  Do you want to make a difference in the world around you?  Are you an ESU student, faculty, coach, staff, administrator, or alumni?                                           Then you need to JOIN THE FLOCK!

PrintThrough the summer a faculty/staff team worked on branding and promoting innovation and entrepreneurial activities on campus. Join the Flock Socks makes Innovation & Entrepreneurship visible on campus by participating in a social entrepreneur campaign to provide socks to local and global partners. The Birds of a Feather socks highlight the creative and conscious connectedness among all        members of our ESU community and beyond.

When you buy a pair of socks to advance “Innovate ESU” you are also donating a pair of socks to either our local partner Streets2Feet Outreach or our global partner The Good Project  Here is how to donate and Join the Flock…..

In the C.R.E.A.T.E. lab this semester we are supporting social entrepreneurship and innovation on campus by being Join the Flock Sock central. Be the first Greek, club, department, team, office to get Socked! Tweet @ESUCreatelab #ESUJointheFlock  and Instagram #esucreatelab with your sock photo to showcase your entrepreneurial & innovative FLOCK!



CIRCLES: Spheres of Influence

THE C.R.E.A.T.E. lab is OPEN. Welcome to our new intern Amy Corradino (Art + Design) and our Community Educator/Artist Sue Czahor. We invite all ESU Students, Staff, Faculty and the local community to visit the C.R.E.A.T.E. lab open Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday from 11 am – 5 pm. To bring a class to the C-lab or schedule a special event contact Amar Madineni 570-422-3517 (, SITE Coordinator, Stroud 408 or stop by the C-lab.

When circles interact they influence each other. Whether in a painting where the new intersecting space is thought of in a different color or value or how we grow as we interact with new people and experiences in our lives. We change as we encounter people, ideas, places, languages, or even food. Our ability to take a risk is the first step into another sphere of influence. Be Fearless in your new world at ESU as a student, roommate, team member, learner, and friend.

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This semester in the C.R.E.A.T.E. lab (Stroud 107) we are playing with CIRCLES and exploring how materials, ideas, and others influence our creating. Every semester we REIMAGINE how to change our space and offer different experiences for the ESU Community. After we read “The Circle” by David Eggers we were on “high alert” for circles to influence the environment and activities in the C-lab. This is what we found….Our banner is a photo of a mural created by an East Stroudsburg icon LizTech. Have you seen it?

RE-LOOK — Meet Paul Henry Ramirez whose installation we encountered on a visit to Grounds for Sculpture in NJ.  In the exhibit RATTLE you see the influence of painting and sculpture in a large colorful space. To see how Ramirez thinks about his creative thinking and work for this installation view the video below. It is not unlike how we RE-LOOK at our space in the C.R.E.A.T.E. lab each semester. Stop by to see and feel how Andrea, Jenna, and Amy were inspired by Ramirez’ love of color, adding a “felt sense”  to our working space.

RE-USE — We use skills that we learn from others everyday…tying your shoes, the best way to take notes, or braiding your hair.  We use these skills so automatically they have become part of the fabric of who we are. The CIRCLES mobile in the C-lab required Dr. Pinciotti to re-use an interesting skill and simple tool. “For our C-lab mobile I was influenced by something I learned from a local glass artist (Robert Kuster) who created a chandelier for our home. His work is influenced by Dale Chihuly and his large glass sculptures. To hang our C-lab CIRCLE chandelier I had to re-use skills i used to hang the one at home that took 3 hours and four people to assemble!” The key tool — shower curtain hooks.  See ours out in the C-lab.

RE-IMAGINE — In the C.R.E.A.T.E. lab this semester we are supporting Innovation & Entrepreneurship on campus by being Join the Flock Sock central. Through the summer a faculty/staff team worked on how to brand and promote innovation and entrepreneurial activities on campus. Join the Flock Socks is a way for the ESU community to support I & E and participate in a I & E project providing socks to our local and global partners Streets2Feet Outreach and The Good Project. Read about how to Join the Flock then come to the C-lab to get a pair of socks and donate a pair of socks. #ESUJointheFlock Sock_Circle

RE-CONNECT — Sometimes we connect ideas and see them in a new way, a creative way. The second wall in the C-lab is inspired by the way Biljana Culibrk Fredriksen presented the intersecting fields of inquiry that influenced her study of how young children negotiate meaning as they work with three-dimensional materials. She used overlapping CIRCLES to to visually represent varying fields of study connecting and intersecting to focus her study. CIRCLES: Spheres of Inquiry will be the provocation for our Spring semester.



Wishes for the World

MISSED MAKING A WISH? Stop by the C.R.E.A.T.E. lab Stroud 107 to send your Wish to the World.

Join us on Wednesday at the WORLD FAIR, on University Circle  to your share your Wish for a Better World! Don’t let our needs for a better, more civil, more sustainable, more equitable, and more beautiful world Vanish

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What is your Role on the Blue Marble?

The C.R.E.A.T.E. lab provocation of Vanishing: What will you do when it is gone?  is the inspiration for an exciting experience of art making and exploration on our planet and in the world beyond. Come Discover Your Role on the BLUE MARBLE at SMMP – The Schisler Museum and McMunn Planetarium (Ground floor of Sci-Tech Building). See YOU There!



We are grateful today for so many things in the C.R.E.A.T.E. lab. Here are a few …

If you haven’t had the opportunity to visit the C-lab this semester stop by to check it out, relax between studying, and gather with friends before the end of the semester.

Open Tuesday and Thursday 11 am-6 pm, Wednesday 11 am – 4 pm until graduation! 

Someday is Now!

As you can see from these images, it has been very busy in the C.R.E.A.T.E. lab the last two weeks. I am continually amazed by the care, thoughtfulness, inventiveness and joy that emerges when hands, mind, and materials are engaged. All this energy and creative work made me reflect on my beginnings in the artists way. There are some significant benchmarks in my life that have inspired me along the meandering path of thinking and working like an artist.

I grew up in a family of artists. At five I was part of my Uncle Gabriel’s “art group”. My still single uncle, an artist himself, would take nieces and nephews and draw mostly. I don’ t remember what we made or drew, but what I remember was being with “an artist” and listening to him and how he talked about whatever we were doing. Another significant inspiration was the weekly Saturday morning classes taught by artists at the Toledo Art Museum from grades 4-8. The long slate stone sinks, patterned wood parquetry flooring, and a world of artistic heritage around me for four years eventually shaped my artistic sensibilities. So I was primed for an “awakening”.

An art class in college was when I was introduced to Corita Kent and her 60’s pop art ideology. Recently, the C.R.EA.T.E. lab has reminded me of her and the movie, “Damn everything but the Circus”,  that preempted the C-lab’s Reggio inspiration. Currently, there is an exhibit of her work at the Harvard Museum of Art. Corita has rules in her Art Space at Immaculate College and I think they hold true today in the C-lab or in ESU classrooms as we explore Innovative Ways to teach, work, think and make things. Here are Corita’s rules. What do you think? Do they apply to the C-lab and your college experience?

There will be new rules next week…..


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Upcycle by Eman Albuhumud

Experience our Spring/Summer provocation UPCYCLE in this video produced by our DMT Graduate Intern – Eman Albuhumud. Over 400 ESU Students, local teachers, parents, and students from various ESU and community groups participated in our UPCYCLE provocation this spring and throughout the summer 2015. Their creative work engaged them in a Design Thinking Process.  Groups who enjoyed creative work with Upcycling in the C.R.E.A.T.E. lab included:

  • Classes from Pre K-4 Teacher Education Program: 1) Foundations of Early Childhood Education, and 2) Integrating Curriculum: Projects & Play, 3) The Arts in Childhood Education
  • ESU Upward Bound Students
  • ESU Early Start Students
  • East Stroudsburg Elementary School NPWP Teachers
  • East Stroudsburg IF (Gifted Program) Students and Parents
  • YMCA Teens
  • ESU NPWP Leaders
  • MeKeel Child Care Students


Our first artistic gesture as we enter this world is a print on our birth certificate! Do you remember this? In the C.R.E.AT.E. lab this semester we have been surrounded by recycled materials taking things apart and putting things together. As we UPCYCLE ideas and materials we discovered that prints kept showing up in creative work. So a printmaking workshop began to emerged in the C-lab.

We have just had a couple of exciting weeks of UPCYCLE Printmaking in thePrint & Stamp Book C.R.E.A.T.E. lab. The inspiration was the book “Print and Stamp” by Traci Bunkers found at the High Museum in Atlanta, Georgia. Susan Czahor our Community Educator used recycled materials found in the C-lab to create an array of exciting stamps for pressing prints. We also added some styrofoam to create printing plates and two really cool rubber garden stepping stones for pulled prints.

Our C-lab printmakers included international students that dropped by as well as over one hundred students from five classes including Foundations of early childhood education and Arts and the developing child, as well as one very curious 3-year old. Engagement with various materials highlighted the subtext in the UPCYCLE provocation this semester in the C.R.E.A.T.E. lab – Creativity and Design Thinking . Through their range of printing explorations they demonstrated an awareness of shapes, images and the potential of materials to inspire innovation, the courage to be playful and take risks, the grit to elaborate, layer, and revisit techniques to find their personal creativity as printmakers. Here are some images from that document their explorations in the art of UPCYCLE Printmaking.

Their work connected to three tweets that appeared on my tweet deck this week. One is the release of Sir Ken Robinson’s new book “Creative Schools” and a short video on CBS News . The second is a recent Brain Pickings by Maria Popova titled “Some of Today’s Most Prominent Artists on Courage, Creativity, Criticism, Success and What It Means to Be a Great Artist. The third is Arts Education Partnership’s new publication “Leading the Way for Student Success: A 2020 Action Agenda for Advancing Arts in Education” developed by 25 national organizations

And so I WONDER  inspired by ESU students, Sir Ken and Maria Popova and that very engaging three year old. Where do creative ideas come from? Whether a child, college students, or Artist?  Is there nothing original or new – just UPCYCLED? If so, how does one learn to realize, uncover, or recycle ideas in a new way?  Did the UPCYCLED Printmaking workshop or the C.R.E.A.T.E. lab space inspire this process in you?  Can schools and universities really be Creative HUBs for this process?

Please Join the Conversation by sharing your thoughts (Leave a comment). Here are two from Brain Pickings.

Mark Twain’s once said “all ideas are second-hand, consciously and unconsciously drawn from a million outside sources.” And visual artist and composer Christian Marclay challenges us to reconsider… Am I being original this morning? You sense the wonder of discovery when you’re doing something that feels new… But, who knows, maybe someone has been there before. Every image that I use is from someone else. But you can be original in what you steal and how you display your bounty.