CSU, Chico News

Author Discusses Personal Journey and New Book on Creativity

Date: 09-29-2014

Joe Wills
Public Affairs

Artist and author Simón Silva will come to California State University, Chico next month to give an address connected to this year’s Book in Common and train teachers in using creativity in K-12 classrooms.

On Friday, Oct. 10, at 4:30 p.m., Silva will give a talk on his life and art, making personal connections to “The Distance Between Us,” by Reyna Grande, a memoir about the experience of migrants from Mexico to the United States. The talk will be in Colusa 100A on the CSU, Chico campus and is free and open to the public.

On Saturday, Oct. 11, at 9 a.m., Silva will host an education workshop for teachers and student teachers on the creative process, using materials from his recent book, “Cultivate a Creative Mind: A Guide to Regain Creative Confidence.” The book will be available for purchase at the end of his presentations.

One of 11 children in a family of farmers, Silva grew up as a migrant student and is the only person in his family to have graduated from high school and college. He travels around the country doing presentations for educators, students, parents and businesspeople.

“We are delighted to bring Simón Silva to Chico to share his message of hope, diligence and keeping a creative mindset,” said education professor Cris Guenter. “Mr. Silva’s background as a child migrant worker in California, as an artist, as an author, and as keynote speaker makes him a very relevant and timely choice for our ongoing Book in Common dialogues this academic year.

“Furthermore, Mr. Silva’s understanding of the creative process as it applies to pre-K-12 students aligns with the expectations we hold for candidates in our credential and graduate programs in the School of Education at Chico State,” said Guenter.

Silva’s visit is sponsored by the CSU, Chico School of Education, the College of Communication and Education, and Undergraduate Education.