National Endowment for the Arts Chairman, Jane Chu, Announced as Keynote Speaker at 6th annual Creative Industries Summit

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DENVER – March 13, 2017  Colorado Creative Industries (CCI) today announced the keynote speakers for the sixth annual Colorado Creative Industries Summit on May 4-5, 2017 at the Riverwalk Center and Arts District campus in Breckenridge, Colo. The annual Summit is the only statewide convening for Colorado’s creative community leaders, artists and organizations to connect, learn and get inspired. The two-day schedule is filled with exhibits, performances, networking, speakers, classes and workshops.
“Colorado has incredible talent working across the creative sector,” said Margaret Hunt, director of CCI. “We look forward to bringing together creatives from throughout the state for an exchange of ideas and best practices as we work toward the common goal of a robust creative sector in Colorado.”
The conference will host more than 30 distinguished national and local panelists and speakers, including cultural leaders, artists, business experts and creative community developers.
Keynote speakers include:
Jane Chu, Chairman, National Endowment for the Arts
Jane Chu is the 11th chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts. With a background in arts administration and philanthropy, Chairman Chu is also an accomplished artist and musician. Chairman Chu will present an update on NEA initiatives.
Daniel Windham and Bob Harlow, The Wallace Foundation
Daniel Windham, director of arts at The Wallace Foundation, along with market research expert Bob Harlow will discuss Wallace’s work in the arts and findings on best practices for the field. Harlow will draw from the Wallace report he authored, The Road to Results: Effective Practices for Building Arts Audiences, which identifies and examines nine practices that Wallace grantee organizations implemented to successfully build their audiences.
Vince Kadlubek, Meow Wolf Co-founder and CEO
Vince Kadlubek is the Co-founder and CEO of Meow Wolf, the arts collective behind the award-winning art experience “House of Eternal Return” in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Backed by “Game of Thrones” creator, George R.R. Martin, this immersive art experience has generated a remarkable positive economic impact while supporting local growth and emerging talent. Kadlubek will discuss how Meow Wolf is redefining the role of the artist in the community.
Sample breakout session topics include (full schedule available online):
  • Strangers in a Strange Place: How to support individual artists in a variety of contexts – Lisa Hoffman, Executive Director, Alliance for Artist Communities
  • Youth Voice on Social Justice in the Art Studio – Amanda Flores, George Perez, Rebecca Vaughan and ArtLab Interns, Platteforum
  • Solving the Puzzle: Strategies and resources for creative district signage – Bill Marino and Kevin Yoshida, Creativity Lab of Colorado
  • Digital Marketing for Artists: How to make the web work for you with limited time and tech skills – Briana Harris, Marketing Coordinator, University of Northern Colorado
  • Historic Preservation’s Role in Creative Economies – Cindy Nasky, Jenn Cram, Margaret Hunt and Felicia Harmon
The lead sponsors for the conference are the Town of Breckenridge and Breck Create, Colorado Small Business Development Center and the Town of Silverthorne. Additional sponsors include DU University College Arts and Culture and the CU Boulder Office of Outreach and Engagement.
The Governor’s Creative Leadership Awards luncheon will be the culminating event of the Summit. The Creative Leadership Awards celebrate organizations and individuals that have demonstrated a significant commitment to Colorado’s creative landscape through advocacy, vision, collaboration or innovation.
An early bird price of $150 is available for conference attendees who register before April 3, 2017. For more information and to register for the conference please visit

Colorado Creative Industries, Colorado’s state arts agency, is a division of the Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade. Established to capitalize on the immense potential for our creative sector to enhance economic growth in Colorado, the mission of Colorado Creative Industries is to promote, support and expand the creative industries to drive Colorado’s economy, grow jobs and enhance our quality of life.

Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade (303) 892-3840
Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade (303) 892-3840
Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade (303) 892-3840
Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade (303) 892-3840