Dan Goods to speak at TN Arts & Arts Education Conference

By Ann BrownSuzanne Lynch and Nieya Wallace Murray, TN Arts Conference Chairs –

We are excited to announce that national speaker and visual strategist Dan Goods will be one of our two featured speakers at the TN Arts Commission’s Design Thinking Conference. The “Mindbender” plenary will be held June 21 at 9:00 a.m.

During the day he runs The Studio at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), a team developing creative ways of communicating and working to transform complex concepts into meaningful stories that can be universally understood. After hours he works on creative projects around the world. Currently, he is collaborating with others on new public art pieces in San Diego and San Francisco and is developing the “Museum of Awe” with David Delgado and Ivan Amato. An experience of art, science, theater and surprise.

Drilling a hole into a grain of sand, creating a pipe organ out of soda pop bottles and coordinating people around the world to signal to a spacecraft flying past Earth on its way to Jupiter, is all in a day’s work. Despite low grades and little direction early in life, Dan Goods found his passion and created a dream position at one of the most prestigious science and engineering institutions in the world. He recently received an International Design Excellence Award and was named “One of the Most Interesting People in Los Angeles” by LA Weekly. A gifted speaker, he uses humor and an unpretentious and approachable style to share his unusual journey, giving insight into multidisciplinary collaborations, creativity, passion and what it means to be human.


The Tennessee Arts and Arts Education Conference will be held June 20 and 21, 2018 on the campus of Austin Peay State University (APSU) hosted by the Center of Excellence for the Creative Arts (CECA). Special Opportunity Grants will be offered beginning March 1, 2018, to those who want to attend the conference. The grant will be applied to conference costs and is offered on a first-come, first-served basis. The commuter rate for the conference is $150.00 and the non-commuter rate is $200, which includes campus accommodations. Registration will open March 15, 2018.

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