FREE virtual workshops begin Wed April 15: World Creativity and Innovation Week

14 Apr 2020, Posted by Robin McGowan in Classes, Events, News, Press Releases

Beginning with Leonardo da Vinci’s birthday on April 15th local creators, makers, and arts organizations are joining innovators in over 48 Countries around the world to celebrate World Creativity and Innovation Week (WCIW by hosting FREE online workshops designed to inspire greater global cooperation, stewardship of resources and improved quality of life for all. The local celebration was organized by co-hosts at the Morean Arts Center, St. Petersburg and My Favorite Art Place, Clearwater. Howayda Affan, Executive Director of the Morean Arts Center will be a featured participant in a roundtable discussion of “The New Normal.” (see below for registration details)

Doc Jon, photographer, medical doctor, global entrepreneur, raconteur and wildlife rescuer from the Sea Shepard and Whale Wars invites his audience to explore “The Occular Effect.” “If you change where you stand you will change what you see. If you change the way you look at things, the things you look at will change,” explains Doc. This presentation will be a catalyst for those hesitating to embrace change. Pre-registration is FREE and required for the workshop beginning at 2:30 pm on April 15.

Wednesday, April 15, 2020 from 2:30pm – 3:30pm


“The New Normal” will be a roundtable discussion facilitated by Jerri Menaul, owner of My Favorite Artplace in Clearwater. This highly interactive session features a trio of Tampa Bay Creative Community leaders including Susana Weymouth, Executive Director of Tampa Bay Business for Culture and the Arts, Howayda Affan, Executive Director of the Morean Arts Center in St. Petersburg, and Kathy Durdin, artist and owner of Kathy Durdin Consulting of Tampa. Audience members will be encouraged to actively participate in the exchange of ideas for creative organizations to thrive and meet the dynamically evolving needs of their stakeholders after the trio offer examples of solutions they have implemented to navigate change. Pre-registration is FREE and required for the roundtable beginning at 4 pm on April 15.

Wednesday, April 15, 2020 from 4:00pm – 5:30pm



World Creativity and Innovation Week became a United Nations International Day of observance in 2017.  WCIW is a worldwide community dedicated to using Creativity and Innovation to solve problems for the planet, in countries, states, cities, schools, the workplace and in personal lives. Beginning April 15 and concluding on the eve of Earth Day, April 21st, people unite globally to provide time, space, opportunity and skill building for people to generate new ideas and use the power of imagination to make a difference in many ways. For more information visit

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