In 2016, the Center for Curiosity chose to partner with the Reimagine Education Awards & Conference to create the inaugural Cultivating Curiosity Award. The Center for Curiosity is a New York-based non-profit think tank “dedicated to exploring the science of curiosity, promoting its practice, and its academic and public advancement”. Applicants to the Cultivating Curiosity Award are asked to consider curiosity as a psychological, neurological, and pedagogical construct, and to create learning frameworks that either enhance or leverage it to improve outcomes.
Last year’s inaugural award runner-up, Emanuele Ferrari, was rewarded for his novel concert-lecture format. The format synthesises leisure and learning, pedagogy and piano, and in doing so inculcates the desire for musical understanding in a wide audience. Below, readers can view one of his concert-lectures, after a note from Ferrari himself about his Reimagine Education experience.