Each Spring, Arts Orange County presents the Creative Edge Lecture to bring together the business, arts, and education communities to learn about and discuss the value of creativity in all endeavors.


Our 2018 Lecturer was Dr. Robert Duke!



Thanks to all who attended and supported our 9th Annual Creative Edge Lecture! Watch this page for information about our 2019 lecture, to be announced later this year.






Musicians from Santa Ana High School provide entertainment in the Barclay lobby

The Winner of the Imagination Celebration Poster Contest was on display alongside other finalists

The audience takes in Dr. Duke's insights and lessons

(Standing, from L) Arts OC Development Director Karen Ahola, Joy Moyers, and Shanin Ziemer (Seated, from L) Anthony Manrique, Andy Lamb

(Standing, from L) Lorraine Caukin, Kelly Kelly, Kay Mortenson (Seated, from L) Jeff Hittenberger, Dennis Cole, Cliff Wright

(Standing, from L) Robyn Grant, Jill John, Carol Jacobs, Janet Ray, Sarah Koo (Seated, from L) Ivan Williams, Sal Rivas

(Standing, from L) Maria Passaseo, Tiffany Pitts, Kevin Cusato (Seated, from L) Kevin Ober, Bobbie Cusato, Clare Cusato

(Standing, from L) Stephen Barker, Holly Lyons, Mary Lyons, Robert Duke, Rick Smetanka, Bill Cusato (Seated, from L) Arts Orange County CEO Richard Stein, Jerry Mandel






Past Creative Edge Lectures




Eleven Years Of Piano and I Can't Get a Date: Cultivating Creativity In Human Expression

Dr. Robert Duke

2018



"The 21st Poet Laureate of the United States"

Juan Felipe Herrera

2017


"Your Brain on Improv"

Dr. Charles Limb

2016


"The Rise: Creativity, The Gift of Failure, and the Search for Mastery"

Sarah Lewis

2015


"Redesigning Leadership"

John Maeda

2014


"The Art of Innovation"

Tom Kelley

2013


"Learning and Working in the Collaborative Age"

Randy Nelson

2012


"Launch A Creative Revolution"

Sir Ken Robinson

2011


"Innovation, Education, & the Changing World of Work"

Daniel Pink

2010