The Jack and Lavon Brosseau Creativity Awards recognize outstanding creativity and originality among University of Kansas undergraduate students. Open to students in any department for writing and multimedia projects, the awards honor work that demonstrates risk-taking and critical thinking.
Determined by a multidisciplinary committee, the honorees for the 2014 Creativity Awards are: Anna Wenner of Topeka for her play, Because I Said So, in the diverse media category; and, in the writing category, Rachel Cross of Wichita for a collection of poetry. Wenner’s short play centers on a three-person family—mother, daughter, and grandmother—struggling to deal with the stressful effects of aging on the family unit. The four poems Cross submitted were inspired by a research trip to Costa Rica; they demonstrate her developing sense of ecopoetics.
Lavon Brosseau of Concordia, Kansas, believes in education and in the profound importance of teaching. She states, “There is a deep and almost sacred beauty in literature and in art. Each may deal with the abstract and each may involve interpretation, but each has its own reality that permits the mind to explore and to soar.” Her ultimate goal in establishing this award is to encourage and reward the caliber of creative work that, if properly nurtured, has the potential to influence the cultural contributions of an emerging generation.
These awards form part of the Spencer Museum’s mission to strengthen, support and contribute to academic research, as well as to foster interdisciplinary exploration at the intersection of art, ideas, and experience. The Spencer’s contemporary vision is to motivate creative work, object-centered learning, and transformative public dialogue.