Arts and Ideas in Action: Artists & Thinkers + Business & Community Leaders + Social Impact

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Above: the 2016 Art and Ideas in Action Symposium.


Boston is BUzzing.

Art in its many forms is integrated into the tapestry of Boston—from the Rose Kennedy Greenway to the Seaport, Dudley Square and Kendall Square Innovation Districts. Social impact work-spaces, incubators, accelerators and maker spaces are embracing art and its intersection with biotech, technology, healthcare, design, and societal issues.

With the rise of the creative economy and increasing overlap between arts, commerce, and social impact Boston University’s College of Fine Arts, Questrom School of Business, The BUzz Lab, and the BU Arts Initiative have come together to launch Arts and Ideas in Action: Art+Business+Social Impact Symposium.

Join creative visionaries, thought leaders, advocates, artists, designers, and students in an interactive, stimulating conversation.

The symposium will be held in the new BU Graduate Graphic Design Studios, 808 Commonwealth Avenue, 4th floor. The entrance is on Essex Street. Follow the Drum Beat! Doors open on Friday, November 11th at 9 AM. 

The Arts and Business Community Members are welcome to stay with us through 1:30 PM. 

BU Students and welcome to sign up for the Afternoon Design Thinking Sessions that will end by 3:30 PM.  

Together we will meet, learn, and listen. The day will include:

  • 5 minute presentations, Ignite/Ted Talk Style, from Founders and Directors of IDEO, EpiCenter Community, Resilient Coders, athenahealth, ArtLifting, TurningArt and Artists for Humanity 
  • Panel and lunch discussions addressing idea generation, funding, and collaborative opportunities in arts & technology, arts & healthcare and arts & advocacy/community
  • Afternoon Design Thinking Sessions for BU Students to focus on ideas generation with real problems/opportunities facilitated by BU professors and business partners.

Arts and Ideas in Action: Art+Business+Social Impact warmly invites the Boston community and BU faculty & students from ALL BU colleges to attend and be a part of this exciting conversation.

RSVP: Arts and Business Leaders
RSVP: BU Community
Free, but space is limited.

More Information:
Wendy Swart Grossman
Jen Guillemin

About our Speakers, Moderators, Facilitators, and Partners

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