Brampton - The City of Brampton’s 2nd Annual Creative Economy Summit takes place on April 23, 2013 from 8 am to 5 pm, at the Rose Theatre Brampton. This year’s theme is “Youth and Digital Media” and aims to encourage youth to enter the creative economy workforce locally and help build the Brampton of the future .Keynote speakers at the event include Mark Vonesch, Director Reel Youth and Jesse Hirsh, Technology Strategist & Researcher.
Mark Vonesch is a Vancouver-based visual artist and filmmaking teacher and founder and director of “Reel Youth”, a media engagement organization that designs and facilitates video and animation programs. Jesse Hirsh is the owner of Metaviews Media Management, which focuses on research and consulting around new-media business models. He is also a co-founder of the Academy of the Impossible, a peer-to-peer lifelong learning facility and is actively involved with MacLaren McCann, one of North America’s most successful multi-disciplinary advertising agencies, as a member of their Idea Council, which serves as a combination advisory board and think-tank for the company.
The Creative Economy Summit is part of the HACE™ (heritage, arts, culture and entertainment) initiative developed by the City of Brampton to pursue and promote the development of a creative economy in the city.
In keeping with the arts element, a mural titled “Urban Bouquet” by renowned Canadian public artist Charles Johnston, C5 Artworks, will also be unveiled in Downtown Brampton. The project has been funded through the Investing in Ontario Act.
Being held in partnership with the Brampton Arts Council, Peel Art Gallery Museum and Archives, Brampton Library and the Brampton Downtown Development Corporation the Creative Economy Summit aims to:
• Promote awareness of the creative economy and Brampton’s role within it; • Educate and define the creative economy by sharing information and best practices; • And, create a networking environment for members of the creative economy.
The inaugural Creative Economy Summit was held in 2012 at the Rose Theatre Brampton. More than 290 guests attended the all-day event and participants included residents, local business leaders, members of Brampton City Council, educators, students and arts professionals. In fact, last year’s summit came in second place in the Promotional Event submission at the 44th Annual Conference of Economic Developers Association of Canada.