The Botín Foundation, in partnership with Yale University, researches and conducts detailed study of the role of emotions in the creative process, to create a theoretical model that explains how and why they affect our creativity. We began this research because emotions and our ability to manage them, i.e. our emotional intelligence, help us to unblock the frustrations and difficulties that arise in the creative process, to identify problems, to generate ideas, etc.
If well-managed emotions are elements that are important for creativity, we need tools that enable us to generate them and help us manage them in order to foster the creative process. We believe that the arts are the perfect tool, and this is the second step in our research partnership with Yale: studying how to develop creativity through the arts and the emotions that they kindle.
The final step is practical application of these lines of research via programmes, activities and workshops at the Botín Centre, which will develop the creative ability of children, young people, adults and families through the arts; for instance, using the visual arts to improve observation, the generation of ideas and critical capacity, all of which are key factors in creativity.