Why ArtMaking Practice Matters

Artmaking practice - fishing for creative ideas and inspiration

An artmaking practice is critical for developing creative Thinking–an increasingly important skill in the 21st century.

“Analytical thinking and creative thinking remain the most important skills for workers in 2023…

World Economic Forum, The Future of Jobs Report, 2023

Wait, why an art lab, and what the heck does Culture Bolt do?

In short, we’re out to make the world a better, brighter place through lots of art experiments. Specifically, our mission is to help artmaking practice become more accessible, approachable, and sustainable for more people.

Our motivation for doing this is twofold; to support personal growth and ignite, as well as fuel, creative genius. We create new and original, participatory arts & culture programs to accomplish this. Typically, these are classes, events, creative programming, and art support initiatives. In a nutshell, think of Culture Bolt as an experimental hub for creative growth and discovery.

Partnership & Collaboration

For the greatest reach and impact, Culture Bolt forms strategic partnerships. A big part of our mission is to collaborate across disciplines and sectors with people and organizations that align with our goals. With these partners, we aim to help foster more diverse, thriving communities by amplifying the power of art-making.

Is imagination more important than college?

So, why is this important? Art experiments and artmaking practice inspire fresh ideas, new models, and brighter possibilities! In this time of global crisis, our world needs fresh ideas, new models, and brighter possibilities more than ever.

You may think this all sounds great, but where is the data to back up these claims about art, especially, experimental stuff? There are tons of impressive statistics available on the impact and growth of the creative sector, but this one stands out in particular as an indicator:

Creative thinking, another cognitive skill, ranks second, ahead of three self-efficacy skills – resilience, flexibility and agility; motivation and self-awareness; and curiosity and lifelong learning – in recognition of the importance of workers’ ability to adapt to disrupted workplaces.”

Source: World Economic Forum, The Future of Jobs Report, 2023

Creativity is quickly becoming a survival skill, not just a pursuit for the privileged. Yet, this skill doesn’t come easily or overnight to many. It’s also a myth, that either you have “it” or you don’t. This widespread belief stops far too many people from embarking on a creative path. We’re out to debunk this myth; to completely eradicate it from our culture. That’s partly why we focus on process and experimentation.

Artmaking is always an experiment, with the right mindset and approach. It boils down to keeping an open mind, learning from failure, and embracing mystery and the unknown. This attitude combined with grit and persistence, often leads to discoveries and breakthroughs.


We believe everybody should have an artmaking practice. That’s why Culture Bolt takes a multi-disciplinary approach to supporting creativity. From dance classes to new media arts, all forms of artmaking are connected by underlying principles. What matters is practicing these principles regularly to cultivate more creative thinking. So we encourage everyone to dabble, experiment, and try new, different, and weird artsy things. Even better, do it with the support of others doing the same thing!

Supporting Creative Habits & Connections

Do you share our vision of the world abuzz with more wonder and creativity? If so, we invite you to join Culture Bolt Groups, our new online community for adventurous art lovers, learners, makers, teachers, and advocates. Groups is a virtual space for supporting real-world connections and creativity, building community, and supporting artmaking practice. It’s also a space for supporting artists and generally promoting the arts. It’s free to join or you can become a supporting member for discounts on classes and events to support your creative habits.