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Our Creative Society

David Shields, Author of Reality Hunger: A Manifesto


Creative thinking is central to innovations and breakthroughs achieved in fields that extend beyond the arts. Through the lens of the key focal points of public life, we’ll hear how people from different fields approach their work with creative, and even artistic, purpose.

And, we’ll look at merging and emerging forms of artistic expression to see where new frontiers in creative thinking might lead. Learn more about Our Creative Society’s keynote with David Shields.

View the full Day of Ideas schedule and a map of the Cornish campus with parking information.


All Events

  1. Camille A. Brown Lecture/Demonstration Friday, October 5, 2012, 12:00 pm

    Free Event

    Camille A. Brown Lecture/Demonstration & Open Rehearsal An informative lecture/demonstration and open rehearsal exploring the creative process of New York choreographer Camille A. Brown.

  2. Happy Hour Open House Friday, October 5, 2012, 5:30 pm

    Free Event

    Enjoy drinks and small bites during a tour of the Cornish Main Campus Center.

  3. Smoosh Friday, October 5, 2012, 7:00 pm

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    Tickets available online until 3 pm today and then available at the door! Complimentary cocktails, catered food truck, and live DJ during a fun, inspiring opening night featuring live set…

  4. Coffee & Pastries Saturday, October 6, 2012, 9:00 am

    Free Event

    Start the day with complimentary coffee and pastries.

  5. Keynote Conversation with David Shields Saturday, October 6, 2012, 9:30 am

    Free Event

    David Shields is a prolific author and New York Times bestselling essayist. He will be discussing his recent book, Reality Hunger: A Manifesto.

  6. Session A: The Art of Science Saturday, October 6, 2012, 11:00 am

    Free Event

    The "arts and sciences" are inextricably linked by a shared sense of purpose in exploring beyond current states of being, finding solutions to human problems and generally acting as the…

  7. Session B: New Frontiers in Artistic Expression Saturday, October 6, 2012, 11:00 am

    Free Event

    Cross-disciplinary, trans-disciplinary, genre-bending – where are current artistic movements taking us? We’ll explore how content and form are merging to create new forms of expression and how culture is informed…

  8. Seattle Premiere of Pulchrior in Luce Saturday, October 6, 2012, 11:00 am

    Free Event

    A feature-length experimental work occupying multiple genres.

  9. Lunch & Lunchtime Discussion: Arts Literacy in the 21st Century Saturday, October 6, 2012, 12:15 pm

    Free Event

    Arts literacy is the ability to read sensory images.

  10. Session B: Creative Solutions in Civic Life Saturday, October 6, 2012, 1:30 pm

    Free Event

    As we look to address social and economic challenges, how does artistic practice uniquely answer some of the challenges and how does creative thinking bring out new ways of addressing…

  11. Session A: Where Art, Human Expression and Technology Converge Saturday, October 6, 2012, 1:30 pm

    Free Event

    Technology is increasingly the primary driver of human interaction and expression. As we look to the future, what sorts of ways will we be interacting with technology?

  12. Closing Plenary — Thoughts on the Creative Life Saturday, October 6, 2012, 3:00 pm

    Free Event

    Robin Held, Executive Director of Reel Grrls, closes Our Creative Society 2012 with some thoughts on the pursuit and reward of the creative life.

  13. Closing Reception Saturday, October 6, 2012, 3:00 pm

    Free Event

    A closing reception celebrating our Day of Ideas, featuring student performances.