Claiming Creativity: Art Education in Cultural Transition

Columbia College Chicago

Columbia College Chicago presents Claiming Creativity: Art Education in Cultural Transition

A Joint International Symposium presented by Columbia College Chicago in partnership with the European League of Institutes of the Arts

April 21-24, 2010

Chicago, USA

Early-bird Registration Ends February 10, 2010


Claiming Creativity seeks to re-position creativity as a driver not only for our economies, but also for art making, for transformational processes, and for social and cultural development and change. The working assumption is that the vitality of our common future is linked tightly to creative practice in many forms. This symposium will place artists, designers, architects and other active "creators," and those who teach in the creative disciplines squarely at the center of these important conversations along with leaders in industry and commerce who share an interest in the life of the imagination and its value to society.

Educators and other leaders in the arts, business, science, commerce, industry, public policy, and environment are invited to attend.

* A special feature of Claiming Creativity is the symposium online forum, which is available now to all symposium registrants. Successful proposal abstracts are included on the forum and allow for pre-symposium discourse to begin shaping the Chicago symposium; the forum discussions will also provide additional ideas for special sessions at the Chicago symposium, making Claiming Creativity as interactive as possible for the symposium registrants. Additionally, a symposium "journal" will be published through Columbia College Chicago's academic press.

Claiming Creativity keynote speakers include Sarat Maharaj (UK), Dany Jacobs (Netherlands), and Amina J. Dickerson (USA). Their vast cultural knowledge and influence will undoubtedly afford symposium attendees new perspectives on "Claiming Creativity" and "the life of imagination and its value to society."

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