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Convening Culture 2017 | Exploring innovation and entrepreneurship through art and culture

  • Date & Time
    • Wednesday, February 22, 2017 — through
      Thursday, February 23, 2017
  • Cost
    • $ Public
      Prices range - see event registration page for more information
  • Description

    The 2017 Convening Culture Conference, a statewide cultural conference, will bring together people working in arts and culture in Florida, artists and those interested in arts and culture.  On Feb. 22 and 23, participants will engage in informative sessions and facilitated discussions, as well as have access to networking opportunities. The conference is presented by Citizens for Florida Arts, Inc., a statewide non-profit organization that works to support the efforts of the Division of Cultural Affairs.

    About the Convening Culture Conference: The 2017 conference focuses on the theme Exploring Innovation and Entrepreneurship through Arts and Culture.  The conference will feature discussions of ways to approach innovation on a variety of levels within both cultural programming and cultural organizations and highlight the work of artists whose work speaks to this theme.  Sessions will touch on areas of marketing, fundraising, collaboration and leadership in addition to others.   

    At the conference, Digital Worlds' Director James Oliverio will be featured as a guest speaker Feb. 22.  Digital Worlds will also host previews of CO₂ and You: The Power of Personal Choice on Feb. 23.

    About CO and You: The Power of Personal Choice:  The UF Digital Worlds Institute presents "CO₂ and You: The Power of Personal Choice," an immersive, widescreen, interactive media experience exploring climate change on the global level. "CO₂ and You" takes a look at daily choices made around the world that may have environmental consequences.  Audience members can use their smartphones during the show to collectively decide what the animated actors should do in a number of real-life situations. And as a result, the course of the show, which runs on the Unity game engine, will be altered according to the audience members' choices.

    The Earth has been travelling around the nearest star for billions of years.  Over that time, the planet’s climate has gone through many atmospheric and temperature variations, some of them quite extreme.  These ongoing climate changes unfolded over millions of years as the planet itself evolved.  The planet’s climate is changing, and humans are inextricably involved.  Since the dawn of the Industrial Revolution in the mid-1800’s, both the planet’s temperature and the levels of CO2 in the atmosphere have been steadily rising.  And whether this is pure coincidence or human activities are even partially to blame, we cannot ignore the inevitable consequences of sea level rise and other climate-related developments.  As a global civilization, we need to make some critical choices; do we continue our current addiction to fossil fuels or develop alternative and renewable sources of energy worldwide?  

    Presented by Citizens for Florida Arts, Inc.
    Hosted by the Arts in Medicine Programs at the University of Florida

    Click here to register

  • Venue
    Gainesville, FL
    See event registration page for location details