The 8th Annual Creative Edge Lecture
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.

Tuesday, March 14th, 2017, 10am
The Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall

The 2017 Lecture will be delivered by Poet Laureate of the United States, Juan Felipe Herrera!


Juan Felipe Herrera is the 21st Poet Laureate of the United States and is the first Latino to hold the position. He was appointed by the Library of Congress in 2015 for the one-year term, then was re-appointed in April 2016 for an additional one-year term. From 2012-2014, Herrera served as California State Poet Laureate. Herrera's many collections of poetry include Notes on the Assemblage; Senegal Taxi; Half of the World in Light: New and Selected Poems, a recipient of the PEN/Beyond Margins Award and the National Book Critics Circle Award; and 187 Reasons Mexicanos Can't Cross The Border: Undocuments 1971-2007. He is also the author of Crashboomlove: A Novel in Verse, which received the Americas Award. His books of prose for children include: SkateFate, Calling The Doves, which won the Ezra Jack Keats Award; Upside Down Boy, which was adapted into a musical for young audiences in New York City; and Cinnamon Girl: Letters Found Inside a Cereal Box. Herrera is also a performance artist and activist on behalf of migrant and indigenous communities and at-risk youth.

Tickets Required


Previous Lectures

Arts Orange County's 7th Annual Creative Edge Lecture took place on Monday, March 14th in the Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts. Neruoscientist Dr. Charles Limb presented a dynamic multimedia talk based on his acclaimed Tedx lecture Your Brain on Improv. Dr. Limb is an expert in music perception, has authored more than 60 manuscripts and has lectured world-wide. A 1992 graduate of Harvard University, Dr. Limb earned his MD degree at Yale, then interned at Johns Hopkins where he held a two year NIH fellowship. He then embarked on an extremely successful clinical and research career on the faculty of Johns Hopkins where he held active appointments in the School of Education and the Peabody Conservatory of Music in addition to his appointment within the Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery.

Dr. Limb is the Francis A. Sooy, MD Professor and Chief of Otology/Neurotology and Skull Base Surgery at University of California, San Francisco. Dr. Limb is also the Director of the Douglas Grant Cochlear Implant Center and holds a joint appointment in the Department of Neurosurgery. Dr. Limb's work has been warmly embraced by the arts world, through his presentation "The Neuroscience of Jazz" at Jazz at Lincoln Center in New York City and as a featured panelist at the Sundance Film Festival.

Presenting his findings related to the important nexus between creativity and science, Dr. Limb received live assistance from the world-class musicians of the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz Performance Ensemble, playing in a sumptuous illustration of the "pure creativity" accessed by musicians when improvising. Dr. Limb believes an understanding of the chemical processes in the brain relating to creativity and self-expression are vital in the development of a healthy, balanced personal identity, and to developing the type of thinking which will solve tomorrow's yet-to-be-imagined problems.

After the lecture and questions, Dr. Limb joined select attendees and sponsors for a celebratory lunch.

The Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz Performance Ensemble:

(from L) Alex Boneham - bass, Michael Mayo - vocals, David Otis - alto sax, Carmen Staaf - piano,
Daniel Rotem - tenor sax, Ido Meshulam - trombone, Christian Euman - drums

Dr. Charles Limb

(from L) Operations Center Director, Commercial Aviation Services, The Boeing Company William Cusato, Dr. Limb, Arts Orange County Executive Director Richard Stein, and Superintendent of Schools, Orange County Department of Education, Dr. Al Mijares

The Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz Performance Ensemble

Dr. Limb with the TMI Ensemble

Guests from the Pacific Chorale and The Segerstrom Center for the Arts

Steve Venz and guests from the Irvine Unified School District

Past Creative Edge Lectures


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

Sarah Lewis


"Redesigning Leadership"

John Maeda


"The Art of Innovation"

Tom Kelley


"Learning and Working in the Collaborative Age"

Randy Nelson


"Launch A Creative Revolution"

Sir Ken Robinson


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

Daniel Pink