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Wednesday, July 6 • 8:00am - 5:00pm
[Learning Expedition]: Developing a More Creative City FULL

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Using Seattle as a case study, participants will go on a day-long field mission to discover and assess how Seattle values the importance of arts and culture as a contributor to its social, civic, economic, and educational health.  The goal is to learn why and how the arts are important, as well as why it’s not a priority for everyone.  A variety of panelists across disciplines will provide for a balanced perspective about the role of creativity in a community. Conference participants will then spend time synthesizing the different perspectives to determine what works well in Seattle that other cities can emulate, and what are important steps Seattle can take to address its weaknesses.

Participants who register for this expedition are encouraged to attend the "Developing a More Creative City" keynote and orientation sessions on Tuesday.  Food and transportation will be provided. You will be contacted to reserve your space.

9:00 - 10:30
Art and Commerce hosted at Zillow
A panel of leaders in business, economic development, and workforce training will be on hand to share their thoughts on the role of creativity and creative place-making in their organization’s work.  For example: Is art a priority?  Is creativity a hiring criteria?  How does a creative city or workplace help attract talent? Does art matter to the bottom line?

Mary Pat Lawlor, Puget Sound Regional Council
Sasha Nolan, Workforce Development Council
Rebekah Bastian, Zillow
Kim Obbink, Filter
Wyking Garrett, The Black Dot
Kate Becker, Seattle Office of Film + Music

11:00 - 12:30
Art and Philanthropy hosted at The Seattle Foundation
A panel of leaders from local foundations will be on hand to talk about their prioritizes and how the arts fit into their giving portfolios.  For example: What’s the value of investing in arts compared to other areas of need?  What’s different about arts and philanthropy today than in previous generations?  With millennial philanthropy money flowing, why are the arts groups missing out?

Heidi Rogers, Fred Hutch
Huong Vu, The Boeing Company 
Lauren Domino, Seattle Foundation
Mari Horita, Arts Fund
Sydney Martin, Effective Altruism

1:00 - 2:30
Art and Education hosted at Seattle Center High School
A panel of education leaders and students will talk about a Seattle Public School arts plan called, The Creative Advantage.  How does this effort fit into a system of competing learning priorities and shrinking budgets?  Do the arts actually help students achieve success in school and in life?

Gail Sehlhorst, Seattle Public Schools
Lara Davis, Seattle Office of Arts and Culture
Elizabeth Whitford, Arts Corps
Dave Ferrero, Vulcan
Laurie Utterback, Arts Education Washington
Ella Swenson, Student at Center School

3:00 - 5:00
Creative City Learning Expedition Debrief hosted by Seattle Center Foundation
Facilitated group discussion to surface the take-away points from the expedition. What are Seattle’s strengths, weaknesses, threats and opportunities in developing a more creative city?
Using Seattle as a case study, what can other cities learn from what has been discovered.

This expedition is produced by James Keblas of City Inspired.

What are Learning Expeditions?
Learning expeditions are day long journeys into the city of Seattle that allow participants to explore a critical topics facing our cities through the lense of Seattle. These will include onsite visits, tours and P2P learning circles to create knowledge exchange with leading experts and global innovators addressing the role that entrepreneurial and citizen action can play in confronting complex issues facing our cities worldwide. 

Please note: 
  • Registration here in SCHED is required to be signed up for this expedition
  • UA ticket holders may only register for one expedition during the festival (given that they are a full day+ immersion). 

Keynote Speakers & Presenters
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Rebekah Bastian

Vice President of Product, Zillow
Rebekah Bastian is Vice President of Product at Zillow, driving the strategy and execution of product teams focusing on advertising, financial systems, and connecting real estate buyers with agents. Rebekah was one of Zillow's first employees, coming over from Microsoft in 2005, and... Read More →
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Kate Becker

Director, Seattle Office of Film + Music + Special Events
Kate Becker was appointed director of the Seattle Office of Film + Music + Special Events in February 2014. She considers it a great privilege, and a great responsibility, to work on behalf of Seattle’s creative community in support of vibrant film, music and nightlife economies... Read More →
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Lauren Domino

Philanthropic Advisor, Seattle Foundation
Lauren Domino comes to Seattle Foundation with a decade of experience in the nonprofit sector, primarily focused on youth development and the arts. After receiving her bachelor’s degree in drama from the University of Washington, she worked professionally as a teaching artist and... Read More →
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Dave Ferrero

Senior Program Officer, Education, Paul G. Allen Foundation
Dave Ferrero has devoted over two decades to public education in a variety of roles, including classroom teaching, education policy development and advocacy, professional development, scholarship and grantmaking. Dave currently serves as the Paul G. Allen Foundation’s education... Read More →

Mary Pat Lawlor

Program Manager, Puget Sound Regional Council
Mary Pat is a Program Manager in Administrative Services for Council Support and is supervising the staff and overseeing the work program for the Economic Development Department, specifically leading up the Regional Economic Strategy (CEDS) update. At PSRC, Mary Pat was a key staff... Read More →
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Sydney Martin

Organizer, Effective Altruism
Sydney is an advocate for smart charity work, for both donors and nonprofits, she is an outspoken armchair philosopher with a focus on impact, and an administrative powerhouse. She is an organizer of the local effective altruism group, a network of people dedicated to asking how they... Read More →
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Kim Obbink

CEO, Filter
As a leader in digital creative and marketing with over two decades of experience building upon some of the world's most trusted and recognizable global brands—including Microsoft, Xbox, MSN, EMI Records, Elton John, Dole, and Boeing – Obbink has an integral understanding of what... Read More →
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Heidi Rogers

Philanthropic Gifts Advisor, Fred Hutch Cancer Research Center
Heidi Rogers leads Innovators Network at Fred Hutch, a group of young professionals interested in saving lives faster by funding innovative early-stage cancer research. Ms. Rogers has worked in fundraising and non-profit development for the last nine years, all focused on raising... Read More →
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Impact Hub Seattle

Impact Hub Seattle is a coworking space, events space, and launch pad for purpose-driven ventures that create more value than they capture. We are located in the historic Pioneer Square landmark, 220 & Change.  We believe in a better world through inspiring entrepreneurship, and through community, space and educational events, we accelerate entrepreneurs toward building the future we want to live in.  We provide a remarkable space for productive work, a driven community that resides at th... Read More →
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Gail Sehlhorst

Visual and Performing Arts Manager, Seattle Public Schools
Gail Sehlhorst is the Visual and Performing Arts Manager for Seattle Public Schools. Prior to this role she was the Director of Education for Book-It Repertory Theatre’s Arts & Education Program. Gail has worked as a teaching artist in K-12 classrooms for the last 16 years with... Read More →

Wednesday July 6, 2016 8:00am - 5:00pm PDT
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