Keynote Title: Cultivate A Creative Mind: Build 21st Century Skills
Keynote Description: Simón Silva shares an insightful view of the arts and creativity, while telling a compelling story of struggle and hope. He connects with the audience in a powerful manner, and sends a positive message about perseverance and the determination to succeed. This inspirational keynote clarifies the importance of the arts and creativity, in order to give all individuals a greater degree of success in the 21st century and how creativity are linked with social and emotional learning.
“In the world today, there is renewed interest in the term, ‘creativity.’ It is no longer a word reserved exclusively for artists, musicians, or scientists. Ushering in a new era in education, the word ‘creativity’ is being heralded as an essential 21st century skill.” – Simón Silva
Workshop Description: This highly interactive workshop demonstrates how to use the arts on a daily basis to enhance a person’s creativity, communication skills, social, cognitive, and developmental skills while promoting positive self-esteem. In addition, individuals will find hidden talents and help in chipping away at the fear and doubt that has accumulated over the years relative to their own creativity.
Simón has been a creativity crusader (artist), author, and speaker for more than 20 years, with clients and collectors from all over the world. He has been developing creative projects in classroom settings, colleges, universities, and conferences. He knows firsthand the importance of education and he is the only person in his family to have graduated from both high school and college. One of eleven children in a family of farmers, he grew up as a migrant student and relied heavily on his artistic skills and interest to cope with what was, at times, a difficult childhood. Simón was born in Mexicali, Mexico in 1961 and came to the United States when he was just over a year old. He worked to earn money to pay for his college tuition and graduated from the prestigious Art Center College of Design in California with his Bachelor’s degree in art. He lives in California with his wife and their three sons and finds himself traveling extensively helping individuals nurture their creativity.