Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Connecting Creative Communities - Register Now for March Summit in Providence

Sign up now for the Connecting Creative Communities coming up in Providence, Rhode Island, March 9-11, 2010. The Summit is hosted by the New England Foundation on the Arts and the City of Providence's Department of Art, Culture + Tourism. I am pleased that the Summit is co-presented by the International Centre for Creativity and Imagination, and that I am co-chairing a session on "Building Your Capacity: Creative Leadership in the Creative Sector."

-- Steven Dahlberg, Director, International Centre for Creativity and Imagination

Summit participants represent a broad slice of New Englanders, including government officials, arts administrators, artists, business and civic leaders, creative entrepreneurs, funders, researchers, and others.

(View the full program schedule)
  • Cities, Bicycles and the Future of Getting Around
    Join Providence Mayor David N. Cicilline for the City of Providence's second annual Senator Claiborne Pell Lecture on Arts and Humanities about how bicycling can transform urban experience.

  • Beyond Our Borders: Planning, Policy, and Prosperity in New England
    "Shovel-ready" projects made possible by having a creative economic development plans in place.

  • Artist-Driven Solutions for Community Change
    Artist-led initiatives stimulating creative responses to complex social and economic issues.

  • Facing Facts: Getting Results with Data
    The sometimes surprising political and financial consequences of data collection.

  • Building Your Capacity: Creative Leadership in the Creative Sector
    Day-to-day needs, cross-sector relationships, workforce development, regionalism, and the creativity at the heart of it all.
  • What's next? Drafting a Regional Agenda
    Key themes and actionable items for a New England-wide regional agenda for the creative sector.

Connecting Creative Communities is co-presented by:
City of Providence Department of Art, Culture + Tourism, David N. Cicilline, Mayor and the New England Foundation for the Arts in partnership with: Americans for the Arts Animating Democracy, Arts Alliance of Northern New Hampshire, Connecticut Commission on Culture & Tourism, COOL/Cultural Affairs & Special Events, City of Lowell, International Centre for Creativity and Imagination, The MacDowell Colony, Massachusetts Cultural Council, Massachusetts Office of Business Development, Worcester Cultural Coalition.
Co-sponsored by:
Brown University's John Nicholas Brown Center for Public Humanities and Cultural Heritage and the Providence Phoenix.

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Program Manager, Presenting & Touring
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"Cities, Bicycles and the Future of Getting Around" is Focus of Pell Lecture in Providence

[24 February 2010 - The City of Providence] Mayor David N. Cicilline will host the second annual Senator Claiborne Pell Lecture on Arts and Humanities on Tuesday, March 9 at 7pm at Trinity Repertory Company. Mayor Cicilline established the annual symposium in honor of the late Senator for his extraordinary work championing education, the arts and humanities.

>> MAYOR CICILLINE ANNOUNCES 2ND ANNUAL SENATOR CLAIBORNE PELL LECTURE: Lecture honoring the late Senator to focus on "Cities, Bicycles and the Future of Getting Around" <<

The symposium, Cities, Bicycles and the Future of Getting Around, will explore how bicycling can transform the urban experience by raising the following questions for discussion: How do creative thinkers strengthen civic life? How can a city foster a more bicycle-friendly environment? How might Providence change if more people made a bicycle their primary mode of transportation? Pell Lecture 2010 Panel:
  • David Byrne has been writing and performing music and directing video and film for more than 30 years. He was lead singer and guitar player for the innovative rock band Talking Heads, who were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2002. What might not be as well known is Byrne’s longtime passion for biking and advocacy for bicycles in cities. Byrne has traveled New York City’s streets on a bike since the early 1980s, and often brings a folding bike on tour. His latest book explores this topic; Bicycle Diaries is an account of his urban bicycle odyssey through the streets of Istanbul, Buenos Aires, London, Berlin, Paris, Belgrade, Sydney, Manila, New York and San Francisco. Bicycle Diaries features beautiful photography, personal anecdotes from Byrne's wide travels and a strong argument for the way a bicycle can change our view of the world and the city in which we live.
  • Samuel Zipp is an urban historian who studies the cultural and intellectual history of 20th century cities. He teaches American Studies and Urban Studies at Brown University. He earned his Ph.D. in American Studies from Yale University. His book, Manhattan Projects: The Rise and Fall of Urban Renewal in Cold War New York, will be published by Oxford University Press this spring. Zipp’s interest in cities really took hold through a job as a bike messenger. He says traveling along the San Francisco streets by bike gave him a real appreciation for urban geography and the need to learn a city's social, political, and economic structure from the inside out. Zipp’s presentation will explore the place of bicycles in the history of city development and urban renewal.
  • Thomas Deller is a civic leader with first-hand experience creating infrastructure needed for bicycles in Providence. During his tenure as Director of Planning and Development for the City of Providence Deller has overseen the implementation of the Providence Bicycle Network and Providence Tomorrow, the city’s comprehensive plan, which contains many progressive policies regarding biking. As part of changes related to the I-195 highway move, Deller is working with local, state and federal partners to make way for bicycles in the Jewelry District. Deller’s experience in Planning and Urban Development dates back to 1979, when he began his career as a Planner in the East Providence Planning Department. He holds a Masters Degree in Community Planning and a Bachelor’s Degree in Urban Studies from the University of Rhode Island.
The Senator Claiborne Pell Lecture on Arts and Humanities is a free but ticketed event. Tickets will be available beginning Thursday, February 25th at the Trinity Repertory Company box office, 201 Washington Street, and must be picked up in person (no phone reservations). Four ticket limit per person. Due to limited availability we suggest advance pick-up. For box office hours and directions, call 401-351-4242. For more information on the lecture, contact (401) 421-2489 x456 or visit

About the Pell Lecture
Initiated by Mayor Cicilline in 2009, the annual lecture honors the late Claiborne Pell (1918-2009), who represented Rhode Island in the United States Senate from 1961-1997. Senator Pell is best remembered for being a champion of education, the arts and the humanities. He was the main sponsor of the Pell Grant, a financial aid program for U.S. college students, and he played a major role in the establishment of the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment of the Humanities.

Saturday, February 06, 2010

Creativity Matters Workshop in Connecticut - February 8

Creativity Matters: Engaging Creativity and Innovation in Work
- A Housatonic Valley Cultural Alliance Roundtable -
... with Creativity Educator Steven Dahlberg
Creativity matters in all aspects of society, work and life. The imagination mindset helps us think in new ways ... which produces creative ideas and solutions ... and ultimately leads to innovation. If you want to unleash your imagination and explore new ways of expressing your creativity in meaningful ways, don't miss this interdisciplinary networking forum for artists, educators, business people, entrepreneurs and others who are interested. Come and explore what creativity is, who has it, how it relates to purpose and work – and how one can tap into more of it both personally and professionally. The workshop will be led by Steven Dahlberg, who heads the International Centre for Creativity and Imagination and teaches "Creativity + Social Change" at the University of Connecticut.

7:00–9:00 PM
Monday, February 8, 2010
@ Western Connecticut State University
Midtown Campus | Alumni Hall
181 White Street, Danbury, Connecticut 06810
This program is free and open to all. Refreshments provided. RSVP requested to 203 798 0760 or

>>>>>>>>>> When people are doing work that they love and they’re allowed to deeply engage in it – and when the work itself is valued and recognized – then creativity will flourish. Even in tough times.

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Steven Dahlberg is director of the International Centre for Creativity and Imagination, which is dedicated to applying creativity to improve the well-being of individuals, organizations and communities. He teaches "Creativity + Social Change" in the Public and Community Engagement program at the University of Connecticut. He has worked with Yale University, Guggenheim Museum, Yahoo!, Americans for the Arts, Danbury Public Schools, World Knowledge Forum, City of Providence, 3M, Aldrich Museum, State of Connecticut, and Rhode Island College, among other organizations. He helped toy inventors launch a creativity consulting business and taught an undergraduate creativity course for incarcerated men. He is particularly interested in creative community building, creative education, local food and sustainable agriculture, and creative aging.