2017 CREATE Festival Presents First-Ever IDEAfest and Creative Industries Lifetime Achievement Award

For Immediate Release:

The 2017 CREATE Festival (CREATE 2017): Thursday, June 1, 2017

Noon-5pm: IDEAfest + Innovation Salon (Free + Open to the Public)
6-9pm: CREATE Party + Creative Industries Awards
The August Wilson Center, Downtown Pittsburgh

One June 1, the Pittsburgh Technology Council’s Creative Industries Network will present CREATE 2017 a one-day festival of creativity and innovation, and kick-off opening weekend of the Dollar Bank Three Rivers Arts Festival.  This year’s event features talks, performances, exhibits, workshops, art and music from more than 100 creatives, and 70 awardees. NEW THIS YEAR:

  • Manchester Craftsmen’s Guild’s Bill Strickland receives CREATE Lifetime Achievement Award.
  • US Veteran and GruntStyle CEO, Dan Alarik, comes to Pittsburgh to share his story of how he built a $100+ million dollar Apparel Company in just a few years after a deployment
  • IDEAfest, on the August Wilson Center stage – local and national artists and speakers come together to share their thoughts on the power of Creativity to change the world

Innovation Salon,  Noon-5pm (Free and Open to the Public) 

The Innovation Salon is a full-day exhibition and creative marketplace, featuring a mash-up of art, tech, games, maker workshops, music, fashion shows and more! Kick-off party starts at noon, with TechVibe Radio.

Featured Artists + Activities Music by DJ Thermos; Art Jam with Kait Schoeb; the Choitek Megamark 3-foot-tall robot; PopCraft Maker Party; Module’s Tiny House; Hip Hop on L.O.C.K.; Lauren Valley’s Body Electric; CAPA’s Love, Peace & Robots Fashion Show; BOXZY Digital Fabrication Workshop; Eric Singer’s ShotBot; Expedition Gaming Party; Ian Brill’s Shoji; ASSEMBLE make-and-takes.

FULL LIST OF ARTISTS + PERFORMERS: createpgh.org/artists-performers

IDEAfest, 1pm-5pm (Free and Open to the Public)

Creativity changes the world. It transforms our spirits, communities, cities, nations and global cultures. This year’s inaugural IDEAfest explores perspectives on the power of creativity — with music, film, art, performances, talks and a national panel discussion by some of the country’s top Creative Industry leaders.

Kick-off Keynote: Former Miss Nevada and Creative Entrepreneur, Lisa Song Sutton: “How to Utilize Your Personal Brand to Reach (and Make) Millions” Afternoon Keynote: GruntStyle CEO, Daniel Alarik: “How a US Army Veteran Started-Up One of the Coolest Successful Apparel Companies Around” National Creative Industries Panelists: Bonnie Fahoome, Detroit Creative Corridor Center; Patrick Fuery, Chapman University, Orange, CA; Jeanne Nathan, Creative Alliance of New Orleans; Harley Baldwin, Schell Games; and Germaine Williams, CEO of PF/PCA.

Featured Artists and Creative Entrepreneurs: Bryon Nash; Jamin Olivencia; Devaughn Robinson; Brunner’s Rick Gardinier; Ashley Cecil and Matt Webb; Emmai Alaquiva; Nina Barbuto; Phil Laboon; and Nairobi.


CREATE Party, 6-7:30pm


Presented by Comcast Business, and located in the CREATE Festival Innovation Salon, this is the biggest Creative Industries party of the year! Set to the backdrop of more than 40 of the region’s coolest creativity and innovation projects, DJ Tracksploitation gets the party going with the latest art and tech, food and drink, mixing and mingling – including interactive LED performances and live caricatures by Angela Love. (image attached)

Creative Industries Awards Ceremony  7:30-9pm createpgh.org/awardees This annual awards ceremony celebrates the people, projects and initiatives that are transforming Pittsburgh through excellence and innovation in the Creative Industries. Special performances include: Keynote by Ben Pawsey, THREAD; Intersectionology, LED performance by Lori Hepner and Kendra Ross (image attached); and Museum of Rain, by Menchaca. This year’s event honors more than 70 awardees, including:

Lifetime Achievement Award: William E. Strickland, Jr., Manchester Bidwell Corporation Honoring a lifetime of outstanding contribution to the Creative Industries in Pittsburgh, and around the world.

CREATORS of the Year: The people who are transforming our region through their innovative vision and impact on the creative community

1. Luis Von Ahn, Duolingo

  1. Jasmine Cho, Yummyholic
  2. Ricardo Iamuuri Robinson, Artist
  3. Animal Studios, Downward Dog TV Series
  4. Nisha Blackwell, Knotzland
  5. Lenka Clayton + Jon Rubin, Artists

CO-CREATE Business Ignition Program 2017 Graduates

Accelerating creative entrepreneurship in the Pittsburgh region

  1. Monica Yope, Popcraft
  2. Christine Bethea, GA/GI Festival
  3. Gina Mazzotta, Mazzotta Millinery
  4. Ashley Cecil, Artist (2017 CREATE Artist of the Year)
  5. Heather Wechter, Tribepool
  6. Lori Hepner, RiverRoute Artist Residency (2107 CREATE Artist of the Year)

Creative Industries Awards Finalists

Celebrating the best projects of the year in Creativity and Innovation

People’s Choice Award

Public voting is open through 7pm on June 1, and the winner is announced live at the event!

2017 Voting Site:create.ideahunt.io

FULL LIST OF AWARDEES: createpgh.org/awardees

The CREATE Festival is made possible by our Creative Industries Network Champion partners and sponsors, the Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation, Dollar Bank and Comcast.

Full event details at:

www. createfestival.org

Image Attached:

Intersectionology, LED Performance by Lori Hepner and Kendra Ross

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