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Join us for a community reception on Saturday, May 6 from 1 – 4 p.m. to celebrate the artists and researchers behind the exhibition, The World Inside You. Hear from the artists and researchers behind the team, led by Dr. Katy Cullen, poet Yuko Taniguchi and artist Peng Wu. Enjoy light refreshments following a brief presentation.


This event is FREE, but RSVPs are requested to attend.

RSVP AT → z.umn.edu/Celebration_WIY



Parking is available under the museum. University rates for parking ramps are $3 an hour and a $13 daily maximum.

Nearby parking is also available at the East River Road Garage, which provides both disability and short-term parking for Coffman Memorial Union and the East Bank campus. Both the Museum Garage and the East River Road Garage are easily accessible from Delaware Street.

This community celebration is in conjunction with The World Inside You, an exhibition of artwork made by adolescent artist-participants in a collaborative research project undertaken by an interdisciplinary team of artists and researchers from the University of Minnesota Medical School, led by Dr. Katie Cullen, poet Yuko Taniguchi, and artist Peng Wu, which is part of a years-long collaborative partnership with the Weisman Art Museum.

The Creativity Camp study is both scientific research and a wildly fun eight-day camp experience infused with creative exploration. Funded by the University of Minnesota’s competitive Minnesota Futures Award and a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, this study focuses on how engaging in creative activities impacts adolescents. Researchers aimed to test a potentially high-impact, community-based practice, while simultaneously discovering its brain mechanisms. Camp activities were designed to enhance awareness of the connection between the self and creativity through various reflective, imaginative, and exploratory activities. Forty brave and curious adolescents joined the program to help the researchers understand how creative experiences impact brain flexibility and mental health. While the team learned so much from the adolescents’ experiences, researchers were also inspired by the teens’ creative work.

This exhibition mirrors the Creativity Camp’s overarching theme: an invitation to traverse “the world inside you.” Like exploring the ocean, exploring the self involves delving into constantly evolving depths and encountering unexpected multitudes. Self-exploration goes hand in hand with growth and change. Adolescent camp participants were prompted to “go in a direction that is not generally taken.” For instance, certain things are always kept inside (our physical brain, heartbeat, emotions, imagination), and certain things are always outside (nature, the outdoors, community, society). In art, insights can be discovered by intentionally misplacing things somewhere they are not normally kept. This exhibition invites the audience to experience the discoveries made by Creativity Camp adolescents in their interior and creative journeys. 

Image credits (top): Illustration and poem courtesy of the Creativity Camp team

Partner logos for the Creativity Camp study: National Endowment for the Arts Medical School and Weisman Art Museum