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Florida Creativity Conference set March 6-8 at USF Sarasota-Manatee, Ringling College of Art and Design

By: Rich Shopes

Posted: February 06, 2020

SARASOTA, Fla. (Feb. 06, 2020) – Stretch your imagination. Ignite your creativity. Develop creative problem-solving skills.

The Florida Creativity Conference returns March 6-8 to the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee campus and Ringling College of Art and Design with a variety of enrichment- and creativity-themed workshops.

Stephen Rushton, PhD

The annual symposium features professionals from the worlds of business, education, the arts, philanthropy and health and wellness who study creativity and how it transforms lives, personally and professionally.

Among the speakers are Kim Macuare, PhD, co-director of Innovation Labs at The Dalí art museum in St. Petersburg; David Magellan Horth, senior fellow and director of innovation venturing and partnerships, commercialization and innovation at the Center for Creative Leadership; and Treva McKissic, an educator, poet and paper artist.

“This is a truly a wonderful opportunity to expand your own creativity,” said event liaison Stephen Rushton, PhD, an associate professor of elementary education at USF Sarasota-Manatee. “The speakers are highly knowledgeable, excited to share their expertise and fully ready to engage your creativity.”

Also presenting are Csaba Osvath, a doctoral candidate at the University of South Florida, pursuing literacy studies with a focus on qualitative methods and arts-based inquiry; Tim Rumage, coordinator/developer of environmental studies at the Ringling College of Art and Design; and Tammera Race, associate librarian at the Jane Bancroft Cook Library, New College of Florida.

The workshops are divided into five broad categories to appeal to a cross-section of life goals and professions:

  • Creativity for Arts
    Artists and artisans
  • Creativity for Business
    Entrepreneurs, business owners and corporate executives
  • Creativity for Mind, Body & Spirit
    Health and wellness practitioners, human potential, personal growth
  • Creativity for Community
    Nonprofit executives, community builders, team organizers
  • Creativity for Education
    Educators, coaches and facilitators

The workshops are set March 6-7 at USF Sarasota-Manatee, 8350 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. On March 8, the conference shifts to the Ringling College of Art and Design, 2700 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota.

Admission runs from $180 (one day) to $400 (full conference), with discounts for educators and students. Breakfast and lunch are included.

To register or for more information, visit

For more about USF Sarasota-Manatee, visit

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