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Creative Convergence 2015 at EMU

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Thursday, March 19, 8 am — 3:30 pm
Eastern Michigan University Student Center
, 900 Oakwood Street, Ypsilanti, MI 48197

The Arts Alliance in partnership with Creative Many Michigan, CultureSource, Eastern Michigan University College of Arts and Sciences and the University of Michigan Penny Stamps Speaker Series is pleased to announce Creative Convergence 2015, an issues-based conference focusing on the current hot topics” impacting and driving the creative sector in Michigan and the nation.

The creative sector is at the forefront as communities across the country look toward their quality of life and placemaking to help improve their economies and remain competitive in the 21st century. Creative Convergence 2015 features nationally recognized thought leaders and top professionals from all sectors who are connecting with the Creative Sector to attract jobs, talent and offer residents an outstanding and creative place to live. Speakers include Alice Carle, Christopher Farah, Mike Farah, and Saki Mafundikwa (shown below giving a TED Talk).

Creative Convergence 2015 takes place Thursday, March 19 at the Eastern Michigan Student Center in Ypsilanti. A daylong program, Creative Convergence is designed to connect creative people and sources with members of the business and academic worlds, and civic and community leaders. Those attending will share experiences and discuss what works, what is on the horizon, and what attendees can take back to share with their colleagues and community leaders to inspire their community through arts and culture.

Featured speakers include:

  • Alice Carle, Program Director, The Kresge Foundation
  • Christopher Farah, producer, writer, director, journalist
  • Mike Farah, producer and director, Funny or Die
  • Mike Finney, Senior Advisor, Economic Growth at State of Michigan
  • Ben Forta, Senior Director of Customer Learning, Adobe Systems
  • Saki Mafundikwa, graphic designer, educator, author, filmmaker and farmer
  • Sharalyn Walkons-Davis, Creative Arts Therapist, VA Medical Center, Battle Creek, MI

Watch it live below, or on Detroit Public Television online: