About the Event

The Creativity in Education Institute, Create2013, is a national premiere professional development event for educators. When did imagination, play, creativity, sensory experiences, and emotional connection become secondary to rote learning? While innovation and engagement should be the hallmark of public education, sadly they get lost in a system that emphasizes product over process. At Create2013, you will hear thought-provoking speakers, hone your own higher order thinking skills, and interact with teachers, principals, students, and artists from across the country. Together, we can make a difference, one educator at a time.

This year’s conference will emphasize the Arts at the Core of learning with the arts as academic subjects and part of the core curriculum. Attend sessions on Arts Integration and Common Core and the Arts and learn ways to help your students gain cognitive, social, and emotional skills by offering a curriculum rich in the arts.

Create2013 is created and sponsored by the Tennessee Arts Commission in partnership with Middle Tennessee State University.   

A variety of sessions will be offered for:
Elementary, Middle and High School Teachers
Arts Specialists (visual arts, music, dance & theatre)
Special Education Teachers
Media/Technology Specialists
Pre-service Teachers
Higher Education Personnel
Teaching Artists
District Coordinators & Administrators

Create2013 will take place July 9-12, 2013 on the campus of Middle Tennessee State University in Murfreesboro, TN. Murfreesboro is in the Central Time Zone and located approximately 30 miles east of Nashville.

The nearest airport is Nashville (BNA) with a rental car facility. When booking air travel, please allow a minimum of one hour travel time between the airport and MTSU campus.

Participants will have the opportunity to choose from over 100 sessions on a variety of topics. Create2013 will feature:

The MindBenders Series: Led by nationally known artists, these performances and presentations will challenge, provoke and inspire ideas about the role of creativity and the arts in schools.

Workshops: Focused on current trends, research and special topics related to creativity, arts integration, cognition, and arts education. Geared toward specific participants such as grade level tracks, administrators, special education teachers, and technology.

Tutorials: Two-hour workshops exploring in-depth arts integration strategies, instructional methodologies, and/or research.

Lesson Demos:  Sessions featuring demonstrations of lesson plans that illustrate effective ways to integrate the arts into non-arts content areas, as well as “reverse” integration, showing how arts specialists can link to non-arts content without losing the integrity of their art form. These include connections to grade-level curriculum standards and assessment measures. A practical way to see arts integration in action.

Arts Experiences:  With arts experiences, participants are immersed in dance, music, drama, visual art, creative writing, and folk and ethnic art forms. A wonderful way to build personal knowledge and fundamental skills in a variety of art forms.

Below is the agenda outline for reference when booking travel.  Check-in at the registration desk for Create2013 will be from 4:00-6:00pm CST on Tuesday, July 9th. The Institute will conclude at 1:00pm CST on Friday, July 12th. A full agenda with session descriptions will be added to the Create2013 website in Spring 2013. Registrants will be notified in the Spring when session information is available. Each registrant will design their own schedule by selecting sessions they wish to attend.


TUESDAY, July 9th


4:00 – 6:00pm

Dorm check-in

6:30 – 7:30pm  

Commuter check-in

7:30 – 9:30pm

Dinner/Keynote Address

WEDNESDAY, July 10th


8:00 – 11:30am


11:30 – 1:00pm


1:00 – 5:00pm

Lesson Demos/Workshops/Arts Experiences

5:00 – 7:00pm


THURSDAY, July 11th


8:00 – 11:00am

MindBenders/Arts Experiences

11:00 – 1:00pm 

Lunch/Artist Showcase

1:00 – 5:30pm 

Tutorials/Lesson Demos


Evening Free

FRIDAY, July 12th


8:00 – Noon

MindBenders/Common Core and the Arts

12:00 – 1:00pm 

Lunch/Door Prizes