about creativity

001. Max Wyman, Writer
002. Alexander Atza Visnic, Artist, Designer
003. Veronica Stark, Graphic Designer
004. Nick Lepard, Painter
005. Zoltan Kiss, Architect, Potter, Painter
006. Scott Good, Composer
007. Eric Deis, Contemporary Artist
008. RozeMerie Cuevas, Fashion Designer
009. Toni Cavelti, Master Jeweller
010. Peter Busby, Architect
011. Gregory Borowski, Architect
012. Rhylin Bailie, Investor Relations

What is creativity? Can it be defined? How? How does it feel being creative? What about talent? Inspiration? Energy? Can it be learnt? Expiry date, crisis and death of creativity? Experience and age? Is creativity practical? Can it be measured? How? Ego? Archetypes and stages of creative process? Curiosity?

Is Vancouver creative?

Max Wyman

O.C., D. Litt (hon)

Max Wyman is one of Canada’s leading cultural commentators. He is the author of a number of books on the arts, the latest of which, The Defiant Imagination: Why Culture Matters, is a passionate manifesto asserting the central importance of the arts and culture to modern society. He has taught critical writing and dance history extensively in Canada and Europe, and lectures and consults on public arts policy across North America.

He was for six years a member of the board of the Canada Council for the Arts, and in 2006 completed four years as President of the Canadian Commission for UNESCO (CCU).  For his services to the arts, he was in 2001 made an Officer of the Order of Canada, Canada’s highest civilian honour, and in 2003 Simon Fraser University made him an honorary Doctor of Letters.

He recently completed a three-year term as Mayor of Lions Bay, during which time he chaired the inaugural Metro Vancouver Regional Culture Committee.

He is deeply involved in issues around the integration of the arts, culture and creative activity into education. A founding member of the steering committee of the multi-agency Canadian arts and learning action coalition, he chaired a series of CCU cross-Canada consultations on the topic, led the Canadian delegation to the world conference on arts and education in Portugal in the spring of 2006, and was a keynote speaker at the World Creativity Summits in Hong Kong in 2007 and Taipei in 2008.

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