Creativity Festival

Join us for an inspiring one-day field trip for students in grades 3-5 at the University of Minnesota’s Ted Mann Concert Hall. This event expands your students’ imagination, develops their creativity, and strengthens their problem-solving skills. Be a part of this exciting festival where students work side-by-side with STEM and arts professionals during three outstanding breakout sessions following a dynamic opening performance. This event aligns with Minnesota Academic Standards in Arts Education.


There is limited space available for Creativity Festival. Contact Madi Ericksen to find out more.

Registration fees are based on BrightWorks membership status. To find out if your school/district is a member, please see the updated membership list.

The Creatives scholarship application window closed on October 13th. All available scholarships for the 2024 Creativity Festival and CreativeCon have been awarded.


BrightWorks Member: Early Bird $41/student
($43 after November 3)
Non-Member: Early Bird $55/student
($57 after November 3)

Tickets will be mailed the week of December 11th

8:30am – 1:15pm
Ted Mann Concert Hall, University of Minnesota

At the Creativity Festival, students learn…

Creativity is a skill that can be practiced and strengthened.

Creativity is necessary for higher education and all careers.

Creativity is an essential part of problem solving.

2024 Opening Performance: Native Pride Dancers

Colorful regalia, pulsating drumming, and fancy footwork are part of the excitement of a Native American powwow. Feel this excitement and experience the artistry of The Native Pride Dancers as they perform flamboyant movements passed down by their ancestors through song and dance. They strive to educate and entertain audiences of all ages throughout the world about the beauty, skill, and majesty of Native American music and dance while creating a moving artistic experience that engages the audience.

Native Pride dancers on stage

2024 Sessions Will Include:

Human Beat Boxing

Metal Casting

The Amazing World of Chemistry

How are Roads & Intersections Designed?

Native Pride Dance and Storytelling

Shadow Magic

MNprov Recess – The Art of Improv

Acrylic Painting

Roller Coaster Challenge

Drawing as Communication

Mud Textile Dyeing

Modern Dance Fundamentals

Exploring the Science of Scent

Wet Weather – Keeping Bridges Safe


For more information about how your students can participate, or if you are interested in presenting, contact Madi Ericksen at 612-638-1514.

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