Engage the power of creative community to ignite and transform your work at our annual summit!

Photo courtesy of STITCH Design Shop

August 12-13, 2019

The Creative Catalyst Artivate summit is an arts-infused experience that connects you with a vibrant and diverse community of creative leaders, innovators and entrepreneurs!



Artivate 2019 will be a powerful and transformative experience, creating cross-sector connections between the arts and community through interactive workshops; immersive arts experiences; and energizing networking, mentoring and community events.

Leadership Theme

Creatives have unique skills and training that make them naturally strong leaders. How can they transfer these qualities across sectors to intentionally develop leadership abilities? How can they translate their creative ideas into visionary leadership?

Entrepreneurship Theme

Artists often say their training does not teach them how to make a living. How do artists create a sustainable creative practice? How can artists build their capacity to lead, generate & sustain their work?

Innovation Theme

Creativity is at the core of Innovation. How do creatives bring new perspectives to longstanding, complex challenges in their communities? How can artists inspire grassroots action and community-building?

Schedule At-A-Glance

Location Details

City of Art and Innovation

Winston-Salem, North Carolina, is a mid-sized city located just a few hours from the mountains to the west and ocean to the east, with easy access to three international airports and an Amtrak line. The Summit will be held at the Milton Rhodes Center for the Arts with optional expeditions through the creative core of the city. A block of rooms is available at the Marriot in downtown Winston-Salem, with discounted rates available through July 9, 2019.



Partners & Sponsors

title sponsor: thomas s. Kenan iii

 innovate sponsors

JD Wilson

Arts Council

education SPONSORS

f. borden hanes, jr. | roy Conli & mary sherwood brock

UNCSA Library
Wake Forest University
Salem College

activate SPONSORS

judith cone


daniel drake | paul fulton | portia Mount

Artists Thrive

contributor SPONSORS

linda carlisle

in-kind SPONSORS

Machine Gun Graphics

Creative Catalyst Strategic Partners

Artistic Logistics 
Center for Creative Economy
Kramer Leadership

Creative Catalyst Founding Fellowship Partners

Kennedy Center  
Lincoln Center Education
SPACE on Ryder Farm
Spoleto Festival USA