Courtesy photo: Steven J. Tepper, PhD

Courtesy photo: Steven J. Tepper, PhD

The College of Fine Arts is pleased to announce the keynote speaker for its upcoming two-day conference, ArtsForce: Steven J. Tepper, PhDassociate director of the Curb Center for Art, Enterprise and Public Policy  and associate professor in the Department of Sociology at Vanderbilt University.

Dr. Tepper is a leading writer and speaker on US cultural policy and his work has fostered national discussions around topics of cultural engagement, everyday creativity and the transformative possibilities of a 21st century creative campus. His research and teaching focuses on creativity in education and work, conflict over art and culture, and cultural participation.

Although the conference, held at the University of Utah on Nov. 1 and 2 is for College of Fine Arts undergraduate students, Dr. Tepper's keynote address on Friday, Nov. 1 from 5:30-6:30p in David Gardner Hall is open to the public

Creativity has always been important to the US economy, but over the past few decades it has become a
growing slice of our economic pie.
— Steven J. Tepper, PhD