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JUNE 13-18, 2017 • UNIVERSITY AT BUFFALO NORTH CAMPUS • BUFFALO, NEW YORK, USA
PRESENTED BY: Creative Education Foundation • Journal of Creative Behavior 

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Tuesday, June 13
 

7:30pm

KS01 CPSI OPENING CEREMONY & KEYNOTE: Art is Ripping Your Guts Out and Putting Them on the Table
CPSI OPENING CEREMONY
Join Donna Luther, along with the Creative Education Foundation's Beth Miller and Steven Dahlberg to kickoff CPSI 2017!

CPSI 2017 KEYNOTE: STEVE STOCKMAN
To consumers, art “things” magically appear. You watch them on your iPhone or have Amazon ship them to you or buy tickets to them. But to its creator, art is not a “thing,” it’s an act – an immersive process, requiring personal risk and exposure at every step. This is why there are more accountants than novelists – it’s scary to commit to your own creative vision. Much easier to prioritize something like making money, shopping or cleaning your office — again. In this preview of the book he’s now struggling to write, Steve Stockman defines the process this way: Art is ripping your guts out and putting them on the table.
You’ll learn:
• Why making art is miserable and painful and why people do it anyway (which is only sometimes because they’re totally unqualified for other work).
• How creating art is related to – but not the same as – the Creative Problem Solving process.
• And why discovering where disaster lurks is the secret to becoming the artist you want to be.

Leaders/Presenters
avatar for Steven Dahlberg

Steven Dahlberg

Director, Creative Problem Solving Institute, Creative Education Foundation
Steven Dahlberg has more than 25 years of experience collaborating with diverse experts from around the world to help people better understand how to tap into and apply both individual and collective creative thinking. He founded and directs the International Centre for Creativity... Read More →
avatar for Donna Milani Luther

Donna Milani Luther

Head of School, Inly School
An arts and creativity educator for more than 30 years, Donna Milani Luther is head of Inly School, a co-educational independent day school in Massachusetts for students ages two to 14. She has taught courses and led programs for more than 30 years for the Creative Education Foundation... Read More →
avatar for Beth Miller

Beth Miller

Executive Director, Creative Education Foundation
Beth Miller is a 20-year veteran in nonprofit management and fundraising. She embraces continued education and recently completed fellowships with Third Sector New England and the UMass Boston Center for Collaborative Leadership Emerging Leaders Program. Miller is a trustee of the... Read More →
avatar for Steve Stockman

Steve Stockman

California, United States, Custom Productions, Inc.
Steve Stockman is president of LA-based Custom Productions, and a producer, writer and director of over 200 commercials, web series, short films, music videos, and TV shows. He is also a partner in Right Side Blind Productions, a television development company partnership with ... Read More →


Tuesday June 13, 2017 7:30pm - 9:00pm
KCT
 
Wednesday, June 14
 

7:00pm

KS02 SPOTLIGHT: Improv, Robots and Monsters: The Art of Letting Go
In this highly interactive and experiential session, artist and improviser Gary Hirsch will explore the power of co-creation and how letting go of an idea can be one of your most powerful and surprising creative acts. You will gain hands-on experience in collaborative behaviors – such as Noticing More, Letting Go, and Using Everything – that you can apply to any creative endeavor.

Leaders/Presenters
avatar for Gary Hirsch

Gary Hirsch

Oregon, United States, On Your Feet
Gary's work is a mash-up of visual arts, improvisation and business. He is the co-founder of On Your Feet, a pioneer in the field of applied improvisation helping organizations such as Nike, Disney, Apple and others generate new ideas, collaborate, engage audiences and walk their... Read More →


Wednesday June 14, 2017 7:00pm - 9:00pm
KCT

7:00pm

KS03 SPOTLIGHT PERFORMANCE AND DIALOGUE: The Breaking Ring
The Breaking Ring frames the lively process of listening and decision-making in a work that exposes the creation process unfolding in real time.

The Breaking Ring takes place inside a 16’ x 22’ space, delineated by white picket fencing. The audience surrounds this enclosure, witnessing at close range, four performers taking a deep dive into physical listening and visceral decision-making, crafting small dances in real time.

The physical listening and decision-making process embedded inside this work is based on The Equus Projects’ inter-species performance works with horses – where listening, leadership, negotiation and adaptability play out with very real consequences. In The Breaking Ring we sense the same high stakes: The performers are deeply committed to listening and responding to kinetic situations that demand immediate, honest engagement and accountability.

The progression of visceral duets evolves into a format that playfully allows for two spectators to enter the performance, their movement decisions deftly woven into the theatrical trajectory.

The Breaking Ring playfully moves beyond traditional notions of dance and performance,
enticing viewers to experience the creative process along with the performers and embracing the possibility that an audience can indeed be both a spectator and active participant.

The performance will be followed by a dialogue with The Equus Projects’ Creative Director JoAnna Mendl Shaw, the performers, and Gary Hirsch.

Leaders/Presenters
avatar for Ellie Van Bever

Ellie Van Bever

New York, United States, The Equus Projects
Ellie van Bever graduated from American University with a degree in Political Science in 2013. Upon graduation she joined Christopher K. Morgan and Artists in Washington DC. Since moving to New York she has performed with Thea Little, AnA Collaborations, and SagaDance Company.
avatar for Meredith Clemons

Meredith Clemons

New York, United States, The Equus Projects
Meredith Clemons is a Brooklyn, NY based performing artist. She earned her BA in dance performance from Muhlenberg College where she was able to perform works by Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company, Charlotte Boye-Christensen, and Dorell Martin. Meredith spent a semester studying... Read More →
avatar for Steven Dahlberg

Steven Dahlberg

Director, Creative Problem Solving Institute, Creative Education Foundation
Steven Dahlberg has more than 25 years of experience collaborating with diverse experts from around the world to help people better understand how to tap into and apply both individual and collective creative thinking. He founded and directs the International Centre for Creativity... Read More →
avatar for Raymond Hinds

Raymond Hinds

New York, United States, The Equus Projects
A graduate of the Ailey Fordham BFA program, after graduation Raymond Hinds spent a year in the Graham Second Company. He began working with The Equus Projects in March and is exciting to be on his first tour with the company.
avatar for Gary Hirsch

Gary Hirsch

Oregon, United States, On Your Feet
Gary's work is a mash-up of visual arts, improvisation and business. He is the co-founder of On Your Feet, a pioneer in the field of applied improvisation helping organizations such as Nike, Disney, Apple and others generate new ideas, collaborate, engage audiences and walk their... Read More →
avatar for Deb Maciel

Deb Maciel

Performer, The Equus Projects
Debbie is a freelance artist born in Miami, FL and based in Brooklyn, NY – dabbling in dance, theatre, choreography, writing, and visual arts. After receiving her BFA in Dance Performance from the University of Florida and Jerusalem Academy of Music & Dance, Debbie toured her... Read More →
avatar for Joanna Mendl Shaw

Joanna Mendl Shaw

Artistic Director, The Equuus Projects, The Equus Projects
JoAnna Mendl Shaw has been making works for stage and for rural and urban landscapes since the 1980’s. She is the Artistic Director of The Equus Projects, a dance company known for its site-specific performance works for dancers and horses and for the innovative choreographic structures... Read More →



Wednesday June 14, 2017 7:00pm - 9:00pm
KCT
 
Sunday, June 18
 

10:30am

SPEC14 CPSI 2017 Closing Ceremony
Sunday June 18, 2017 10:30am - 11:30am
KCT