Design a Life

A Community of Ideas

Bringing together community residents, artists, and health care professionals to explore the contributions of creative activities to health and quality of life.

Date: May 16, 2008
Time: 8:30am - 7:30pm
Location: Cleveland State University

Date: May 17, 2008
Time: 8:30am - 1:00pm
Location: Cleveland State University

Keynote Speakers

Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, C.S. and J.D. Davidson Professor of Psychology and Management Dr. Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi - Keynote Speaker on Friday, May 16th

Professor & Director of the Quality of Life Research Center at the Drucker School

Professor Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi will draw on decades of research on creativity and flow to describe two essential ingredients for a creative life: the ability to control one’s attention, and the cultivation of a complex personality. The talk will also differentiate between two often confounded definitions of creativity: small “c”, or personal creativity; and big “C” or cultural creativity. The objective of his talk will be to provide the basic principles necessary to understand how a creative attitude to life can be encouraged and supported, at the individual as well as at the institutional levels.


Dr. Elizabeth Yerxa - Keynote Speaker on Saturday, May 17th  

Professor Emeritus, University of Southern California.  Well-known occupational therapy theoretician and creator of the discipline of occupational science.

" Nurturing the Human Spirit for Occupation: Promoting Individual Flourishing" - Dr. Yerxa will explore the human spirit for occupation as a resource for human flourishing and investigate how the human spirit for occupation might be nourished.  She will also discuss the ethical implications of providing opportunities for people to exercise their natural powers.

Additional Sponsors:

The Cleveland Clinic

Euclid Hospital

The Cleveland Institute of Art

Judson at University Circle

Lutheran Hospital

Cuyahoga Community College/Art Therapy

Ursuline College Graduate Art Therapy and Counseling Department

Art Therapy Studio

Keynote Speakers:

Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, Ph.D.
The Drucker School of Management
Claremont Graduate University

Betty Yerxa, Ph.D., Professor Emerita,
Program in Occupational Therapy,
University of Southern California

Workshops designed to provide a hands-on experience of creativity;
Panels of care providers and creative artists to consider how to employ creative activities in providing care to promote wellness and remediate dysfunction and illness

engaged learning
Mailing Address
College of Science
2121 Euclid Avenue, SR 353
Cleveland, OH 44115-2214
Campus Location
2351 Euclid Avenue
Science and Research Bld., Room 353
Phone: 216-687-5580
Fax: 216.687.5549

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