In Pursuit of the Creative Life

COnvening banner: In Putsuit of the Creative Life: The Future of the Arts and Creativity in America

Friday, November 18, 2016
John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts

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What must be done to ensure that all Americans who want to engage in creative endeavors can do so through their work and daily lives?

We ask this question because, while everyone has the ability to experience the transformative power of arts and creativity, and everyone has the capacity to be creative, not everyone has the resources and opportunities to do so.

On November 18, the National Endowment for the Arts will convene more than 200 creative people from across the country and across sectors at The Kennedy Center in Washington, DC, to engage in solution-oriented dialogue about the future of arts and creativity in America. The NEA has worked to carefully curate a group of artists, industry leaders, educators, scientists, technologists, civic leaders and more, to come together with differing ideas, backgrounds, experiences, and definitions of creativity. Together, the group will commit to develop ideas and strategies to enhance America’s creative infrastructure and make the arts and creative opportunities more accessible to all.

The convening will balance a series of panels, presentations, performers, and small facilitated conversations so that participants can have deeper conversations about the arts and technology, training, interdisciplinary work, and the economic challenges of living a creative life.