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CreativeMornings and Rhode Island School of Design Present The Intersection of Arts + Technology

05/10/2012

More Than 25 Local CreativeMornings ChaptersShare One Global Theme Throughout June


PROVIDENCE, RI / NEW YORK, NY – For the first time, in more than 25 cities around the world, CreativeMornings chapters will be hosting events under one common, unified theme throughout the month of June: The Intersection of Arts + Technology, presented in partnership with Rhode Island School of Design (RISD).

More than ever, design-focused organizations are disrupting industries and sparking innovation. From the thousands of projects funded through Kickstarter to Airbnb’s game-changing service to Apple’s record-breaking sales and overall bar-setting innovation, art and design represent an undeniable driver of progress. When tight budgets force arts education to be cut, we aren’t eliminating a “nice to have,” we are risking our potential to foster the next generation of creative doers and makers.

“After several conversations with John Maeda, we were inspired by RISD’s STEM to STEAM initiative (learn more at http://risd.cc/stemtosteam) and we’re honored to partner with them on this new effort to recognize the vital importance of art and design in the global economy,” said Tina Roth Eisenberg (@swissmiss), creator of CreativeMornings. “I am interested in the magic that happens when arts and technology come together, and the topic is timely and relevant for CreativeMornings’ attendees around the world.”

This June, the more than 25 cities with regular CreativeMornings gatherings will host remarkable speakers from diverse fields—arts, design, education—that demonstrate their passion for this special mix of the Arts and Tech in a global celebration of our local creative communities.

Confirmed speakers are:

·      Jonathan Harris – New York – June 1

·      Blaise Aguera y Arcas – Seattle, WA – June 8

·      Jessica Hische – Vancouver – June 8

·      Kristine Ring – Aarhus – June 8

·      Victoria Davis – Los Angeles – June 15

·      Michael Wolf – Cape Town – June 15

·      Rick Valicenti – Chicago – June 15

·      Else Gabriel– Berlin – June 15

·      Joe Coppard – Stockholm – June 15

·      Nathaniel Zuelzke and Trevor Patt – Geneva – June 15

·      Fablab Budapest Collective – Budapest – June 15

·      Antonio Scarponi – Zurich – June 22

·      Nathan Shedroff – San Francisco – June 22

·      Matt von Trott, Assembly Ltd – Auckland – June 22

·      Katie Hawkins – Atlanta – June 29

·      Paddy Harrington – Toronto – June 29

·      Dave Peth – Boston – DATE TBA

Speakers in Portland, Utrecht, Paris, Sydney, Singapore, London, and Milan are still being determined. Visit creativemornings.com for final lineup and confirmed details.

There will also be a special “pop up” Providence chapter of CreativeMornings: The Intersection of Arts + Tech on June 8, 2012 at 8:30AM. The event is free and open to the public, and will be held in the Carolyn Mayer Beug Foundation Studies Studio (in the RISD Chace Center, 20 North Main Street, 5th Floor, Providence RI, 02903), hosted by the RISD Steam Club, featuring Kelly Dobson, department head of RISD’s Digital + Media Department.

“Artistic thinking and practice – grounded in humanity and dirty hands – gives technology the nuance, depth, and texture it lacks today. What is needed to balance our current obsession with "the cloud" is an appreciation for our real, imperfect world – or what I call ‘the dirt,’” said Rhode Island School of Design President John Maeda. “Great ideas today add Art to turn STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) into STEAM to create innovations that taste delicious. RISD is thrilled to be partnering with CreativeMornings to share this message in a focused and creative way globally, featuring some of the world’s most talented and forward-thinking creators.”

About Rhode Island School of Design 

Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) has earned an international reputation as the leading college of art and design in the United States. Approximately 2,400 students from around the world study at RISD, pursuing full-time bachelor’s or master’s degree programs in a choice of 19 studio majors. RISD is known for its phenomenal faculty of artists and designers, the breadth of its specialized facilities and its hands-on, studio-based approach to learning – one in which critical thinking informs making works by hand. Required courses in the liberal arts provide an essential complement to studio work, enabling graduates to become critical and informed individuals eager to engage with the world. Through the accomplishments of its 26,000 alumni, the college champions the vital role artists and designers play in satisfying the global demand for innovation. Founded in 1877, RISD (pronounced “RIZ-dee”) and the RISD Museum of Art help make Providence, RI among the most culturally active and creative cities in the region. For more information, visit www.risd.edu or our.risd.edu

About CreativeMornings 

CreativeMornings, a monthly breakfast series for creative types, has more than 25 chapters worldwide. Tina Roth Eisenberg (@swissmiss) started CreativeMornings in September of 2008 in NYC, wanting to create an accessible, inspiring morning event for people to meet. Some have called it "TED for the rest of us.” Each month, hosts, videographers, photographers, and helpers come together, in their respective cities, to make CreativeMornings events happen. What initially started in Tina’s design studio has now grown into a global movement of 3000+ attendees per month. Besides running and growing CreativeMornings, Tina is the editor of swiss-miss.com, inventor of TeuxDeux, founder of Studiomates and creator of Tattly. She is also a mother of two. http://www.creativemornings.com/ 

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