Daydream for Inspiration

Many a creative mind has been reprimanded for daydreaming while in school. “Pay daydreamattention!”, they might hear from a frustrated teacher. Daydreaming is often unappreciated in our culture. It is thought of as “spacing out” and of not being present. However, when one is daydreaming, they are activating the imagination and the imagination is a muscle. Like one’s bicep or tricep, the more it is activated, the further it is pushed and used, the more it grows. The imagination is a vital tool for the arts entrepreneur, for it is through the mind’s eye that one sees their visions of what may be.

Exercise:

Exercise the imagination by daydreaming often. Enter your headspace and give yourself permission to dream with your eyes open. Fantasize and play with the ideas that stimulate you. Ask questions like,

  • “What if?” What if I were given a million dollars?
  • What would I first do with it?
  • What if I had three wishes from a genie?
  • What if I could have the career of my desire?
  • What would that look like?
  • What is missing, as I look around my community at opportunities?
  • What is missing in way of cultural offerings?

Learning Outcome:

In this exercise, arts entrepreneurship students learn to develop their imaginations through active and willful imagining, through daydreaming.

If you would like to use these games in your own classroom, please do! If you do, let me know how how it goes and if you have suggestions for modifying a game. 

I can be reached at jdhart@smu.edu

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Daydream for Inspiration by James David Hart is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License.

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About James Hart

Jim Hart currently serves as Interim Chair of Arts Management and Arts Entrepreneurship & Director of Arts Entrepreneurship at Southern Methodist University, Meadows School of the Arts. Hart is also the founder of The International Theatre Academy Norway.
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