June 19, 2013 in Recommendations
What did I love about STORY 2012? What didn’t I love?! . . . I loved the “kid in the candy shop” look in everyone’s eyes during those two days: The excitement brought about from being with other creatives, other Christians with the same passions, in an environment bursting with random things . . . - Stephanie Betting
STORY is an annual conference held in downtown Chicago for artists to hear from numerous speakers across various disciplines. But the three day conference is so much more than just stuffy lectures in cramped, sterile halls. STORY describes the event as a place to “fuel creatives in an environment where they can be inspired and learn from the leaders of creative industries.” It’s not just the presentations that are meant to inspire, it’s the event as a whole: musical acts are interspersed with the sessions, human statues might be waiting for you to pass by, or you could find yourself in line to make a s’more by an indoor fire pit.
This year’s theme is A Sense of Place and will be held at several venues in the River North neighborhood, including The House of Blues and the Cathedral at Dearborn. Over fifteen presenters have already been named, with the possibility of more being added. Some of the speakers already announced are Rich Hurrey, character technical director at Pixar Animation; Howard Lichter, global director of creative outreach at Nike; Chuck Anderson, designer, illustrator, and founder of NoPattern Studio; Stephanie Pereira, director of Art Programs at Kickstarter; and Dan Haseltine, frontman of Jars of Clay and founder of Blood:Water Mission.
“With enough Red Bull and collaboration, there is nothing [the attenders of STORY] cannot do.” Want to be one of those attenders? Then you should sign up fast; only a thousand tickets are available for STORY, which will be September 18 to September 20, 2013. To attend, click HERE. Volunteers are also wanted, but those spots can go quickly as well. Contact Stephanie Betting at stephanie.bettig at gmail.com for more information about volunteering at STORY 2013.
Be sure to check out the photos we took at STORY on Flickr HERE.
Read a summary of last year’s STORY HERE.
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