CU Denver Futurist Invited to Inaugural National Arts Summit

January 30, 2024

Theo Edmonds, CU Denver research professor and directing co-founder of Imaginator Academy and Creativity America, is known for his interdisciplinary infusion of art, science, and business. He is among a few select art leaders from across the U.S. that was invited to a first-of-its-kind summit co-hosted by the National Endowment for the Arts and the White House.  

This national convening will bring together leaders from various sectors—government officials, policymakers, artists, advocates, academics, philanthropic, and labor—to explore ideas, policies, and actions that can elevate the arts and humanities across the nation. 

“I’ve seen first-hand how America’s research labs, entrepreneur hubs, corporate innovation teams, municipal governments, and all the other places critical to our nation’s continued prosperity benefit from an artist’s experience and skills,” said Edmonds. “Our goal is to broaden the opportunities available to all artists and help them integrate into the ever-changing work landscape as a way to help keep America’s collective sense of wonder alive.” 

The Jan. 30 event is a result of an executive order on arts and humanities that was signed by President Biden in 2022 to spur investment and alignment of arts and culture across the federal government. The goal is to delve into how the arts contribute to health and well-being, invigorate physical spaces, fuel democracy, and foster equitable outcomes. The summit will feature a host of changemakers, artists, and Second Gentleman of the United States Douglas Emhoff, who will share closing remarks. 

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