Wednesday, March 28, 2012 | The Ridgefield Press | The Ridgefield Press

Creativity conference will offer international experts

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Creativity Conference organizers include, from left: James Robey, Ridgefield Conservatory of Dance; Tracy Moore, The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum; Lesley Lambton, Ridgefield Library; Carolina Fernandez, Ridgefield Arts Council; Laurie McGavin Bachmann, Ridgefield Library; Carolyn Storrier, The Housatonic Valley Waldorf School, Newtown; and Steve Dahlberg, International Centre for Creativity and Imagination. —Alison Greeley photo

A two-day conference called Advancing Creative Thinking: Imagination to Innovation will take place Friday and Saturday, April 27 and 28, in Ridgefield, and feature experts from around the world.

“This cross-disciplinary conference will explore creativity and the creative process through the lenses of imagination and innovation — which are at the heart of the creative process in every discipline, from the arts to education to business to government,” said Laurie McGavin Bachmann of the Ridgefield Library.

“While imagination opens up new possibilities, innovation seeks and identifies new opportunities for critical thinking and creative problem solving.

“A diverse range of keynote sessions, cross-disciplinary conversations, panel discussions, and workshops will focus on the creative process and demonstrate that creative thinking is truly a skill for the 21st Century.”

The speakers come from the arts, education, business, technology, and government sectors, including affiliations with The New York Times, The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Jump Associates, BrightIdea, IBM, dosomething.org, International Centre for Creativity and Imagination, Alliance for Childhood, Creative Cities International, University of Toronto, and University of Connecticut. They are coming from Dublin, Toronto, Washington, D.C., Boston, New York City, and San Francisco.

Visit ridgefieldlibrary.org for more information and to buy tickets.

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