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TEDxNashville, Metro Arts Sponsor Creo On October 28


New Event Explores Creativity As Artober Nashville 2014 Finale

The Metropolitan Nashville Arts Commission (Metro Arts) and TEDxNashville will sponsor TEDxNashvilleSalon: CREO, a three-hour forum exploring creativity.

The new Artober Nashville event will be held at OZ Nashville, 6172 Cockrill Bend Circle and will bring together community innovators, thinkers, performers and artists for one evening to examine the creative concept and how it influences our work and our community.

“Every year as we plan Artober Nashville, we look for new and interesting partnerships that provide signature moments throughout the month of October to celebrate our city’s arts and culture. Creo is Latin for ‘to create,’ and the partnership with TEDxNashville is a new venture that allows us to really spotlight creativity for one night. We will bring the community together to focus on the very meaning of what it is to be creative – no matter if you are an artist, performer or a citizen with an interest in creativity,” said Jennifer Cole, executive director of Metro Arts.

Tickets are $15 and are available online through EventBrite. Light food will be provided, and beer and wine will be available.

The speaker lineup includes:

  • Stephanie Pruitt is a poet and creative strategist, who has taught arts education and creative writing at Vanderbilt University, Sewanee Young Writers' Conference, and as a visiting artist in more than 100 k-12 and community settings. Pruitt has advanced the local creative community through work with the Nashville Arts Coalition, Nashville Next Arts & Culture Team, Poetry In Motion, and numerous arts commission grant review panels.
  • Pedrosaxo is a musician and artist, who has channeled his many interests into a new artistic statement that includes imitation, acting, video gaming, and composition. His work obliterates all previous technical and artistic boundaries and has revolutionized the saxophone. Pedrosaxo has appeared as a finalist on Spain’s nationally-televised “Spain’s Got Talent!” and has performed throughout the United States, Europe, and Asia. His self-titled debut album was co-produced with three-time Grammy Award-winning saxophonist Jeff Coffin (of Dave Matthews Band and Bela Fleck & the Flecktones) and released in March on Coffin’s Ear Up Records.
  • Craige Hoover is known as a “place maker,” a consultant and strategist who understands the economy of the creative class and how its dynamic works in tandem with private developers and municipalities to create thriving centers that blend culture and commerce. Hoover is director of the Southeast for Live Work Learn Play, an international mixed-use development and advisory firm, and he consults with municipalities, private developers, and business improvement districts on the activation and revitalization of key retail districts. He recently produced the definitive white paper on arts and culture and its role in managing Metro Nashville’s growth over the next 25 years. He is also the founder of the Seaside Repertory Theatre in Seaside, Fla., where he served as a primary catalyst for the town center’s remarkable economic and experiential success.
  • AK Llamas is the husband and wife artist team of Alfonso and Kristin Llamas. Their collaboration began more than 10 years ago when they sold all of their belongings to accomplish The Nomadic Project, a conceptual art project uniting all 50 states of America through art. Their mission is to foster an appreciation for the visual arts and demonstrate the use of art as a socially enhancing and transformative tool. They create and curate community­inspired work to cultivate a relationship with the visual arts, elevate public awareness and strengthen a community's cultural environment.

Their works include installations at the Nashville International Airport, The YOUnite Tour, Amaranths: Tactical Flowers, The Socratic Dialogues at the Parthenon Museum and the #NashvilleSelfie installation with the Tennessee State Museum (Nashville’s largest 3D street art installation).