SAVE THE DATE | March 1-2, 2019 

PROJECTHINK is the ultimate exploration into the world of innovation and creativity in learning. Designed for educators, creatives and professionals interested in thinking outside of the box, PROJECTHINK will challenge perceptions and jumpstart creative sparks, from early education to lifetime learning. Hosted on the campus and in the studios of the Ringling College of Art and Design in Sarasota, Florida. 

Explore how the creative process engages critical thinking to helps us get "unstuck" from existing solution sets. How is learning adaptive? What are the new perspectives on engaging minds creatively at every age? How can organizations cultivate a culture that advances through challenges? From our youngest years as intrepid adventurers driven by the innate drive to sit up, crawl and walk to our more formative years in academic settings ranging from Montessori to traditional classroom settings, we have each experienced an incredible range of learning ecosystems. And now, emphasis on lifelong learning challenges us to continue to evolve in our careers, creative, philanthropic and community roles.

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Conference Launch, Friday, March 1, 2019, 5:30-7pm
Larry R. Thompson Academic Center, Ringling College Campus 

The conference kicks off with a dynamic keynote presentation by Ismet Mamnoon, founder of Beyonder, TEDx speaker and featured in Time magazine's special edition on The Science of Creativity on the work she does globally to weave creativity into parenting and education. Featuring presentations by Dr. Larry Thompson, President of Ringling College of Art and Design; Jennifer Vigne, President of the Education Foundation of Sarasota County; and, Chris Laney, Director of Education and Community Advancement, CareerSource Sarasota.

Half-Day Conference, Saturday, March 2, 2019; 8:30am-1pm
Alfred R. Goldstein Library, Ringling College Campus

The next morning, attendees dive into a half-day conference featuring immersive workshops built in partnership with Ismet Mamnoon and the faculty of the Ringling College of Art and Design. Ismet Mamnoon kicks off the morning followed by immersive workshops with Ringling College faculty. Attendees will select one of eight tracks exposing them to the creative process employed by artists to produce art from glass blowing and printmaking to motion graphics and virtual reality. Experience how learning within these creative spheres can unlock ways for you to harness creativity in your world.

Wrap Up and Lunch on the Lawn, Saturday, March 2, 2019; 1-2pm
Food Truck Circle

Workshop facilitators find key crossover a-ha moments built from the workshop and how they apply to how we can transform how we think about teaching, learning, creating and solving problems in our professional environment. Join us for Lunch on the Lawn with local food trucks to continue the conversation. 

Imagery of student portfolio work courtesy of Ringling College of Art and Design.


Kick off the conference with dynamic speaker Ismet Momnoon Friday evening and then engage in immersive workshops for the half-day conference Saturday morning. Hosted at the Ringling College of Art in Sarasota. Explore how to adapt the creative processes of fine arts, design and motion design to your professional world. 

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2019 PROJECTHINK Speakers

Learning how we learn is a fascinating adventure and we are thrilled to present this year's lineup of speakers who share their insight and spark our curiosity.

Video of 2018 ProjecTHINK Speaker Cyndi Burnett on innovation in teaching.

Become a sponsor of PROJECTHINK and engage with a collaborative group of forward-thinkers inspired by innovations in learning. Contact Senior Vice President of Strategic Partnerships Ashley Grant via email or by calling 941-365-7702 x204.

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2019 INOV8 Talk Line Up

Each year, we curate a collection of speakers who are working to deconstruct, reframe and push the boundaries of creativity. For the 2019 Conference, we are taking experiential learning to a whole new level by engaging participants in the active creative process of exploring areas of work well outside of their comfort zone. Learning how we learn is a fascinating experience, even moreso when we get to do it hands-on.

This year's lineup of immersive workshops facilitated by the talented and dynamic faculty of the Ringling College of Art and Design engage each participant through the creative process that shapes fine art, virtual realty, design, printmaking, graphic design, game design, motion design and the art of the pitch.

During the final wrap up, facilitators Jeff Bletiz and Kathleen Sobr connect these immersive experiences with real-world applications of the creative process in education, professional life and innovation.

Workshop-Printmaking: Refining Three Dimensional Concepts

Faculty, Eszter Sziksz

RCAD, Fine Art and Visual Studies

Workshop-Creative Leadership: Go from Idea to Pitch in Under Two Hours

Faculty, Sarita Rene Guillory

RCAD, Business of Art and Design

Workshop-Graphic Design: Exploring Deconstruction in Typography and Imagery

Faculty, Jenny Ambrose

RCAD, Graphic Design

Workshop-Hot Glass: Shaping An Ever Changing Medium

Faculty, Noah Coleman

RCAD, Fine Arts and Visual Studies

Workshop-Game Design: Designing Interactive Experiences

Faculty, Scott Carroll

RCAD, Game Art and Virtual Reality Development

Workshop-Virtual Reality: Shape Stories From Multiple Points of View

Facilitated by Martin Murphy

RCAD, Game Art and Virtual Reality Development

Workshop-Motion Design: Sequencing Time in Creativity

Faculty, Jared Greenleaf

RCAD, Motion Design

Workshop-ZINE-MAKING: Letterpress Techniques

Faculty, Amber Cross

RCAD, Fine Arts and Visual Studies

Workshop- Storymining

Keynote Speaker, Ismet Mamnoon


Creativity Workshop Facilitator, Jeff Bleitz

Advertising and Graphic Design Department Head

Ringling College of Art and Design

Creativity Workshop Facilitator, Kathleen Sobr

Interim Department Head, Business of Art and Design

Ringling College of Art and Design

Our Partners - Project Thinkers

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Friday, March 1, 2019; 5:30-7pm

Location: Larry R. Thompson Academic Center

Hosted at Ringling College of Art and Design | 2700 N Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, FL 34234

Registration: 5pm  Program: 5:30-7pm

PROJECTHINK CONFERENCE | Saturday, March 2, 2019; 8:30am-1pm

Location: Alfred R. Goldstein Library

Hosted at Ringling College of Art and Design | 2700 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, FL 34234

Registration: 8:30am      Program: 9am-1pm     Lunch on the Lawn: 1-2pm

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