Creativity Garden is an ASTC initiative designed to provide programming around creativity, science, and innovation at science centers and museums throughout the United States. With an emphasis on reaching underserved children and youth, 87 minigrants awarded in 2016 helped to support programming with schools, science festivals, spring and summer camps, and out-of-school-time programs. This first year of the program far exceeded expectations, reaching more than 75,000 children and youth with nearly one quarter of a million hours of programming.

Creativity  is a necessary skill for  all ages – young, old, and everything in between. Cultivating young minds to think creatively is key to our society and helps foster advances in science and  innovation. ASTC member science centers and museums provide STEM learning in safe, secure, and stimulating environments. Science centers offer inspiring, educational, and enjoyable platforms for collective activities. Through this program, science centers can provide children ages 6-14, an opportunity to develop their creative potential and plant the seed of lifelong learning.

The Center for Childhood Creativity (CCC) in its report, Inspiring a Generation to Create: Critical Components of Creativity in Children, identifies seven components of creativity: imagination and originality; flexibility; decision making; communication and self expression; motivation; collaboration; and action and movement.