For someone who claims that he was not especially into the arts as a kid, best-selling author Daniel Pink has managed to become one of the most persuasive evangelists for creativity the world has ever seen! All right, perhaps I’m indulging a just a wee bit of hyperbole (perhaps it’s due to St. Patty’s Day!), but the verve this guy displays when presenting example after example of how it’s the right side of the brain that’s going to save the future of America is as entertaining as it is infectious. He certainly had nearly 1,000 people in the palm of his hand at Monday’s lecture at the Renee and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall in Costa Mesa, presented by ArtsOC, OC Department of Education, OC Performing Arts Center and 4th District PTA. Three breakouts after the presentation were packed (more than 1/3 of the lecture attendees remained for them) and included panels, a video/PowerPoint presentation from ArtsOC, and Q&A sessions. This event is a re-invented reprise of his appearance in OC two years ago, which reverberated with the community so strongly that it merited a command performance again this year. It has again created a buzz that we hope will translate into action: advocacy, improved management practices in business, arts organizations and education, as well as more generous philanthropic support to make it all happen. Check out more photos of the event here. If you attended the event, please feel free to comment here.
Rick Stein, Executive Director, Arts Orange County