Art + Action Panel Discussion - "The Future of Creativity"
Art+Action is a series of workshops, lectures, discussions and gatherings focused on putting creativity into motion.
Special thanks to Ogden City Arts (Lori Buckley), National Endowment for the Arts, Union Creative Agency (Jake McIntire), Weber State University, Good Company Theatre (Alicia Washington), Secret Samurai Productions (Aydika James, Mike Cline) and The Banyan Collective (Brandon Long, Todd Oberndorfer).
A panel discussion with five creative thought leaders. Each of the panelists have made major contributions to their fields and has found exciting ways to use creativity as a positive force for change locally, nationally, and globally. Discussed the amazing projects and actions they have taken to make the world and our community a better place. Together with the audience, the panelists explored what it means to be a creative professional and what the role of creativity will/can be in our future.
"For me, creativity is a way of approaching the world. I don’t see it as being associated with the Arts alone, although it certainly CAN, and is reflected in the lives of the Creative Professionals in front of you. I think its more about confidently saying “I don’t know” and being open to a million possible answers. I think creativity needs to be constantly challenged. And that constant, daily challenge is what brings a lifetime of adventure.” - Todd Oberndorfer
Todd Oberndorfer, Panel Discussion Moderator > Founding member of The Banyan Collective, an Ogden-based media company that creates and produces podcasts and local events. Co-host of the Ogden Outdoor Adventure Show, an Outdoors news and events podcast started in 2010. Outreach Manager and Advisor at Weber State’s Department of Visual Art & Design. And, a few night’s a month, your Server/Beer Guide at Slackwater Pizza and Pub.
Alicia Washington > Co-founder and Co-director of Good Company Theatre. The mission of Good Company Theatre echos her own views on theatre: To develop and promote high-quality, eclectic theatrical productions and events, forging new relationships between audiences, performers and spaces in the process.
Matthew Choberka > Accomplished artist, Department Chair and Professor of Art at Weber State’s Department of Visual Art & Design. 2016 Visual Arts Honoree for the the Ogden City Mayor's Awards in the Arts.
Aydika James > Owner, Producer, Creative Director at Secret Samurai Productions, an art production and solutions engineering team that produces ‘engagement art’ installations across all spectrums.
Mike Cline > Founder of Tech Guys Who Get Marketing and Engineer at Secret Samurai Productions. Aydika James and Mike Cline like to make “weird, wacky, impossible stuff that solves complex challenges”. They use the power of play to create ‘engagement art’ playgrounds to spark stranger-to-stranger connections, collaboration and change”. In May of this year, backed by Sir Richard Branson, they lead a group of artists, environmentalists, entrepreneurs and locals in saving a World War II ship by repurposing it into an eye-catching artificial reef — called the British Virgin Islands Art Reef — complete with a massive 85-foot Kraken sculpture guarding its sunken deck.
Michelle Moonshine 4-song set on Van Sessions.
Van Sessions at The Monarch Building featuring Dave Garofalo, formally of SafetySuit, with a four song set of new music.
The best local professor-attorney band in Ogden, The Snarlin’ Yarns with an 8-song set on Van Sessions live at The Monarch.
Van Sessions at The Monarch with Battle of the Bands winners, Farr Gone. Recorded LIVE inside TanVan, inside The Monarch Building which is located in the heart of Ogden’s Nine Rails Arts District.
LIVE from The Monarch Building in Ogden, Utah, Carrie Myers with The Proper Way debut songs off their album Ain’t No Good Thing Ever Dies.
Wasatch Wildgrass 3-song set, LIVE from the Ogden Music Festival.
September 2018 Van Sessions kicked off with a bang and included a rocking set from Nothin’ Special! High energy entertainment in a van during Ogden’s First Friday Art Stroll.
Michael Furry - Utah State Flatpick Champion as recorded in a van down by the river backstage at the Ogden Music Festival
Recorded LIVE in a van at the Garden beside the Monarch Building in Ogden Utah in conjunction with Ogden City Arts, First Friday Art Stroll, and arts nonprofit, Ogden First, this is Van Sessions with Ogden local and Nashville recording artist, Sammy Brue, with KJ Ward.
This is what it sounds like when you get 6 musicians in a van backstage at the Ogden Music Festival presented by Ogden Friends of Acoustic Music. Sugar and the Mint were phenomenal!
Branson Anderson rounds out Season 4 of Van Sessions with a phenomenal 4-song set!
2 members of The Hollering Pines joined us for a mini-Van Sessions set recorded LIVE backstage at OFOAM.
An eclectic 4-song set by solo artist Lysergic Ashes in a van down by the railroad tracks during Ogden Utah's First Friday Art Stroll.
A phenomenal 4-song acoustic set in a van by a Jill Johnson, a melancholy singer who will leave you with a smile and a warmed heart.
Busting onto the Ogden scene, Giants in the Oak Tree, crushed their 4-song Van Sessions set. Busting out the doors with the drums, this episode sounds amazing for shoving a full band in a tight space. This one is a must listen!
From rocking a piano bar to playing 88 keys in a van down by the railroad tracks, Kendrick Zane along with guitarist Tom Hopkins performed 4 original songs in this Billy Joel inspired set.
Nicholas Garn otherwise known as The Reverend & The Revelry performed an amazing 4-song set for #VanSessions.
#VanSessions Season 4 featuring a 4-song set with the sultry sweet soul of Cherry Thomas.
Adrian Todd Zuniga (Yes, that famous guy who started Literary Death Match) talked to us on the LITerally Podcast, and we laughed a lot!
Sean Prentiss, author of Finding Abbey and editor of multiple creative books, talked to us for what seemed to be no time at all. We wished we could have talked longer. We delve into creative nonfiction, into crafting narrative, in what it means to be 'true' in you memoir.
Tessa Fontaine is the author of The Electric Woman:
A Memoir in Death-Defying Acts, A New York Times Editors' Choice; A Southern Living Best Book of 2018
Amanda Luzzader schooled us on what it means to build worlds and then tear them apart and start again -- in the book and as the writer at the desk.
Roxanne Veletzos took us to Romania and back not only in her BESTSELLING Novel The Girl They Left Behind but also in our interview with her.
“Intimidating and Illuminating,” as quoted in the most recent article in SLUG Magazine, is the only way to describe our conversation with Author Espido Freire, along with Isabel Asensio, Professor of Spanish, and Electra Gamon Fielding, Associate Professor of Spanish.
We harvested just the smallest yield from the bounty of writing experience that came together to talk writing before our Utah Humanities Book Festival LITerally reading.
We got poetry. We got prose. We got a performance piece. And there is so much more in our podcast with J.A. Carter Winward.
Paul Rowley talks to us about his first chapbook, one that gives a picture of living always on the borders -- the borders between the expectations and realities of growing up as Native American, though this is just the catalyst for a much deeper discussion about the place of art in our time.
Teresita Dovalpage, writing about food and murder and what it's like to wrap them together in Cuba, made us laugh and opened up on the LITerally Podcast about being a writer.
Ryan Sharp, a poet and a hell of a good guy, read some old and new poetry for us at LITerally.