Keynote Speaker: Amy Devers - Creativity is Core


Join us for the 6th annual DESIGN WEEK RI Keynote Talk by Amy Devers, co-host of Clever Podcast.

Too often people think of “creativity” as a quality that some people are born with, others are not, rather than a skill and a mindset that we all have and can strengthen with training like a muscle. As a social value, creativity still gets relegated to the domain of pure aesthetics, or “icing on the cake” rather than the fundamental impulse and effort behind every creation. Why do we dissuade our children from pursuing the creative arts because it is not considered a “secure” professional route? It is our position that these cultural misconceptions are doing a disservice to humanity by artificially skewing the pipeline, distorting our output, and contributing to disparity. Amy will record her podcast with a group of designers and community members to discuss how we understand and nurture the creativity in all of us.

Panelists Include:

President Somerson 76

Sophie Chien, BArch 20 with double concentrations in Nature, Culture, Sustainability Studies, and Politics and Policy

Bert Crenca is the Former Artistic Director and Founder of AS220

Sara Ossana MA 05 IA, Founder of Studio MO and founding partner and former co-owner of O&G Studio

Event is free and open to the public.

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Amy Devers

Co-Host of the Clever Podcast

Amy Devers is an artist, designer, maker, host/producer of design-related media, and Emmy Award-winning television personality.

A book smarts + street smarts double threat; Devers is armed with both formal education and practical hands-on experience. She holds an MFA in Furniture Design from the Rhode Island School of Design, has done a major stint as a chief prototype fabricator and machine shop foreman, and has spent years as an independent design-er/builder of furniture, art and interiors. A fine artist as well as a de-signer, she has exhibited internationally in galleries and museums.

She’s also made a name for herself on the small screen, demonstrat-ing her skills and know-how as the host of several television series dealing with topics ranging from home-improvement to international design, architecture, culture, and food.

In 2016 Devers launched Clever, a podcast about design. Consist-ently in iTunes’ top design podcasts, Devers and her co-host, Jaime Derringer, present a window into the humanity behind the design that shapes our world through candid and revealing conversations with leading creatives from all disciplines.

Active in the global design community, she travels the world as a speaker, design juror, and guest critic and lecturer at academic insti-tutions.