2013 Florida Creativity Conference Expands with USFSM Partnership

(October 11, 2012) –Florida Creativity Coalition, LLC and the College of Education at the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee (USFSM) are pleased to announce that they will partner to present the 10th Annual Florida Creativity Weekend in Sarasota March 1-3, 2013.

The conference will be conducted on the USFSM campus located at 8350 N. Tamiami Trail on March 1-2, and at the newly renovated Gompertz Theatre at Florida Studio Theatre in downtown Sarasota on March 3.

The Florida Creativity Weekend is a conference that focuses on sharing creative thinking and problem solving techniques to participants in education, business, technology, government and the arts. Endorsed by the Creative Education Foundation, the nation’s preeminent creativity organization, the event is also sponsored by Florida Studio Theatre, Mote Marine, the GWIZ science museum, and Disney Destinations to provide participative presentations and educational programs. USFSM faculty and students will participate in program planning and conduct workshops.

Over 40 workshops are scheduled addressing a wide range of topics. Speakers include national experts in their fields such as Tim Hurson (ThinkX Intellectual Capital), Gert Garman (Disney), Rebecca Hopkins (FST) and Judy Winslow (Unforgettable Brands).  All sessions are open to the public, community partners, students, and educators for a nominal fee.

The Florida Creativity Coalition, LLC is made up of education, business, and not-for-profit volunteers who support the teaching of creative thinking methods. It helps provide educational scholarships to students from high school through college.

Stephen Rushton, Associate Professor at USFSM, indicates that partnering with the Florida Creativity Coalition allows the University to quickly facilitate creativity training programs coordinated with nationally recognized Creativity Conference Expands with USFSM partnership cont.

experts. “We intend to spark the expansion of creativity, and innovation directed to educators and students. By igniting their creativity, our society will gain solutions to problems helping us to move more competitively into the future.”

“People really value our programs and return year after year,” says Katherine Heusner, the Florida Creativity Coalition’s Chairperson.  “We offer a wide variety of sessions to support people in arts education, training and business, as well as helping to foster personal growth and a deeper understanding of creative thinking and problem solving.  Co-Partnering with USFSM, will help us grow the conference and support innovation in this region as well act as a destination draw for participants around the USA and in Europe.”

For more information, please go to http://flcreativity.com/, email flcreativity@aol.com or call 941-504- 4112.