The Creative Edge - 2020
Bringing renowned thought-leaders on creativity and innovation to inspire our own work as artists, educators, and community leaders each year since 2010.

11th Annual Creative Edge Lecture
Friday, February 28, 2020, 10 AM, IRVINE BARCLAY THEATRE


Poet Laureate of the United States

United States Poet Laureate (2019-2020)
Winner of the Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize
PEN USA Literary Award for Nonfiction

Joy Harjo's nine books of poetry include An American Sunrise, Conflict Resolution for Holy Beings, How We Became Human: New and Selected Poems, and She Had Some Horses. Harjo's memoir Crazy Brave won several awards, including the PEN USA Literary Award for Creative Non-Fiction and the American Book Award. She is the recipient of the Ruth Lilly Prize from the Poetry Foundation for Lifetime Achievement, the 2015 Wallace Stevens Award from the Academy of American Poets for proven mastery in the art of poetry; a Guggenheim Fellowship, the William Carlos Williams Award from the Poetry Society of America, and the United States Artist Fellowship. In 2014 she was inducted into the Oklahoma Writers Hall of Fame. A renowned musician, Harjo performs with her saxophone nationally and internationally, solo and with her band, the Arrow Dynamics. She has five award-winning CDs of music including the award-winning album Red Dreams, A Trail Beyond Tears and Winding Through the Milky Way, which won a Native American Music Award for Best Female Artist of the Year in 2009. Forthcoming in the fall of 2019 is a book of poetry from Norton, An American Sunrise. She lives in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

Each year presented in association with:

We gratefully acknowledge the generous support of our Title Sponsor since 2010:

2019 Creative Edge Lecture - Dr. Vijay Gupta
Citizen Artistry: Restoring the Human Spirit through Artistic Engagement

Thank You to our 2019 Creative Edge Lecture Sponsors

Event Photographs

Vijay Gupta performing with members of the Pacific Symphony Youth Orchestra

Jay Lee, viola - Grade 12, Northwood High School (Irvine Unified)
Kevin Lu, violin - Grade 9, Portola High School (Irvine Unified)
Priscilla Kim, cello - Grade 12, OC School of the Arts (Santa Ana Unified, Charter)

Vijay Gupta Presenting

ArtsOC President, Rick Stein leads a panel discussion: Ben Shirley, Composer-in-Residence, Street Symphonies; OC High School Student Performers; Vijay Gupta

The audience at the Irvine Barclay Theatre

(L to R) Rachel Donawerth, OCCF
Vanessa Pereda Smith, Boeing
Maria Passaseo, Boeing
Alexa Rousso, Homeboy
Damond Johnson, Homeboy

(L to R) Tamika Lang, Boeing
Bob Davis
Susan Hori, Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP
Dennis Cole, OCDE
Karen Wood, Irvine Barclay Theatre
Bart Ziegler
Susan Lane Leonard
Judith Posnikoff, Martlett Asset Management
Vijay Gupta

(L to R) Steve Venz, OCDE
Dr. Al Mijares, OCDE
Nina Boyd, OCDE
Chris Reese, OCDE
Natalie Rubalcava, OC Business Council
Dr. Jeff Hittenberger, OCDE

(Center L to R) Molly Pontin, Pacific Chorale
Eileen Jeanette, Pacific Chorale
Genevieve Romero, 4th District PTA
Leah Winter, 4th District PTA
Scott Fitzpatrick, Newport Mesa Unified School District
Shawne Zarubica, Pacific Symphony
Susan Miller Kotses, Pacific Symphony

(L to R) Pam Steinmetz, UCI
Stephen Barker, UCI, Claire Trevor School of the Arts
Sara Garske, First Foundation Bank
Shante Carter, UCI
Rick Smetanka, Haskell & White
Andy Brown, Pacific Chorale
Ivan Williams, UCI
Jana Cain, UCI

(L to R) Karen Ahola, Arts Orange County
Lisa Li
Rick Stein, Arts Orange County
Charlie Zhang, Orange County Music and Dance/Zion Enterprises
James Herr, Annenberg Foundation
Alex Jones, SCFTA
Wendy Chang, Dwight Stuart Youth Fund
Thomas Nielsen

Past Creative Edge Lectures

"Citizen Artistry: Restoring the Human Spirit Through Artistic Engagement"

Vijay Gupta


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

Dr. Robert Duke


"The 21st Poet Laureate of the United States"

Juan Felipe Herrera


"Your Brain on Improv"

Dr. Charles Limb


"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