The Polk Arts Alliance 2nd Annual Creative Industry – SM(ART) Business Symposium, in partnership with the Southeastern University College of Arts & Media, begins at 9:00 a.m. in Bush Chapel on the Southeastern University campus. The event is free to the business community with a business card and RSVP. Registration and continental breakfast begin at 7:45 a.m. Admission is free with RSVP.
The focus of our symposium is to educate business leaders on the importance of two areas: the creative industries for economic development and arts in education for our future workforce.
Jay Dick is the Senior Director of State and Local Government Affairs at Americans for the Arts. He will be defining the creative industries—as theyare identified by the Bureau of Economic Analysis—and explaining the impact of this industry on GDP. In 2011, the arts and cultural sectors produced over $504 billion in goods and services in the U.S., representing 3.25 percent of the nation’s economy. These numbers are larger than both transportation and agriculture.
Tammie Nemecek serves as Director for GrowFL, the Florida Economic Gardening Institute. She helps local communities build entrepreneurial efforts centered on the economic gardening philosophy and techniques. Tammie has worked in economic development for more than 20 years, serving as President and CEO of the Economic Development Council of Collier County from 2002 to 2011. She is a former Chairman of the Florida Economic Development Council, and currently serves on its executive committee.
Gavin McGuire is the Chief Operations Officer at Usher’s New Look Foundation. Through McGuire’s class, Music Industry Leadership 101, students gain exposure and training to over thirty career pathways in entertainment, music and marketing. Polk County’s McLaughlin Middle School and Fine Arts Academy in Lake Wales is the only middle school in the country to offer this program that educates our students in the creative industries! Let’s move full S.T.E.A.M ahead!
Dr. Dennis Cheek is the Executive Director of the National Creativity Network and Co-Chair of Global Creativity United. The creative industry in our community is one of largest in our country and globally, yet it is often overlooked. Dr. Cheek will teach on how creativity in education provides the workforce needed for innovation and economic impact in our communities.
The event invitation may be viewed and downloaded by clicking this link: PAA Creative Industries Printed Invitation.