Creativity Festival

Join us for an inspiring one-day field trip for students in grades 3-5 at the Ted Mann Concert Hall, University of Minnesota. This event expands your students’ imagination, develops their creativity, and strengthens their problem-solving skills. Be a part of this exciting festival where students work side by side with STEM and arts professionals while attending three outstanding breakout sessions and a dynamic opening performance.

Registration (to open September 1, 2022)

Registration fees are based on Metro ECSU membership status. To find out if your school/district is a member, check the updated list here.

January 10 & 11 2023

Metro ECSU Member: Early Bird $39/student
($41 after November 1)
Non-Member: Early Bird $53/student
($55 after November 1)

8:30am – 1:15pm
Ted Mann Concert Hall, University of Minnesota

At the Creativity Festival, students learn…

Creativity is a skill that can be practiced and strengthened.

Creativity is necessary for higher education and all careers.

Creativity is an essential part of problem solving.

Past Session Examples:

Amazing AD-ventures: In this fast-paced and lively session, students will work in teams to strategize and brainstorm creative concepts for a variety of “clients”. Then, in lightning rounds, teams will pitch their ideas and justify their creative approach.
Cuttlebone Casting: Student artists will cast molten metal in a one-of-a-kind cuttlebone mold. Be prepared to learn the process of designing, casting, and basic finishing while working on a small-scale sculpture or wearable art piece cast in lead-free pewter.
H³ – Hoops, Health, and Healing: H³- Hoops, Health, and Healing was originated by Lumhe Sampson as a means to maintain and hone a healthy physical lifestyle that very well incorporated indigenous knowledge and practices. With variances for each movement, it is a suitable workout for all body types and capabilities.
Minecraft Aquatic: Use the power of code to explore aquatic worlds and uncover hidden treasures with the new Minecraft Voyage Aquatic. Have fun learning and be inspired by computer science and artificial intelligence (AI).
Songwriting and Beat Box Collaboration: Come ready to make music with your bodies and mouths. Participate in a group songwriting exercise as you create lyrics, practice memorization through repetition, and incorporate the basics of beat boxing/vocal percussion to craft a collaborative piece with a rhythmic backdrop for the lyrics.


For more information about how your students can participate, or if you are interested in presenting, contact Madi Grove at 612-638-1514.

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