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May 10, 2012

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

Rhode Island School of Design (RISD)
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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 www.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
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.”

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