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2018 Creative CONversations

presented by Destination Panama City, Bay County Library Foundation, & Bay Arts Alliance

Block One - Main Stage

If it Doesn't Sell, it's Not Creative

Kevin Elliot • Saturday, September 22 @ 11:15am

Kevin Elliott is a creative lead and project manager for Applied Research Associates, Inc., where he specializes in delivering effective marketing and communication products to clients including the Federal Highway Administration, the U.S. Air Force, the National Institute of Standards and Technology, and the Florida Department of Transportation, among others. As a project manager, Kevin bridges the gap between artists and decision makers and has valuable insight into how creatives can have a rewarding artistic career in a corporate environment.

The Secret Origin of Superheroes

Chris Arrant • Saturday, September 22 @ 11:30am

Superheroes are everywhere - from movies to TV, toys, and even advertisements for car insurance. But where did it all come from? Why is it so popular? And why do they wear those costumes? Comics expert Chris Arrant pulls back the cape and the curtain to explain how superheroes came to be, how they became a staple of modern culture, and what comic books have to do with it. Warning: Spoilers.


Money Makers, Givers, & Takers

Heather Parker • Saturday, September 22 @ 11:45am

"I am an art activist. I know that the appreciation and exploration of creativity does change the world, one person, one child, one family at a time. I push art on people. Everyday and every way."


Art is Nature

Heather Clements • Saturday, September 22 @ 12:30pm

"We live in a culture that has lost our deep connection with our home: the wilderness, the Earth. In my art, I visually explore the relationships between the people of our culture and the natural world. This in itself is a paradox, because humans are not separate from nature, but a part of nature. My work reflects a positive message of hope for a symbiotic interdependence between humans and our organic surroundings."

Block Two - Main Stage

The Truth About Talent

Jason Hedden • Saturday, September 22 @ 12:45am

Jason Hedden is a teacher, actor, director and producer. He holds an A.A in theatre from Gulf Coast State College, a B.A. in Theatre Performance from USF and an M.F.A in Acting and New Works from The Ohio State University. He has taught students from age 5 to 75 as a freelance teaching artist, high school drama teacher and a college professor. Jason is currently a Professor of Theatre and Chair of Visual And Performing Arts at Gulf Coast State College in Panama City, FL. Professional acting credits include Seattle Shakespeare Company, Book-It Repertory Theatre and Emerald Coast Theatre Company (ECTC) where he is a founding board member. 

The Artist & the Librarian

Sarah Burris • Saturday, September 22 @ 1:00pm

Sarah Burris is an artist and a librarian who received her Master of Fine Arts degree from Kent State University  and won several awards from her thesis show. Her art work spans from sculpture, installation, collage, embroidery, performance art, photography, and experimental film. Sarah is the Community Relations and Marketing Coordinator for the Bay County Public Library. She brings her artistic background into her current position. She will share how the library can inspire and assist local makers in the community.

Block Three - Main Stage


Jennifer Jones • Saturday, September 22 @ 1:45pm


Finding Your Yes:

How to Stay Motivated While Pursuing Your Dreams

Destinee Steele • Saturday, September 22 @ 2:00pm

Not only was Destinee Steele the 2018  National Young Designer and Technicians awardee sponsored by Kryolan Professional Makeup, she also has been blessed to be apart of the wig and makeup crew for many companies such as the Santa Fe Opera, Opera Philadelphia, Chicago Opera Theatre, and the Alabama Shakespeare Festival.


Thinking Outside the Cube

Aaron Welch • Saturday, September 22 @ 2:15pm

Aaron Welch, a 20 year old college student, has been attending CreativeCon these past few years but returns for his third CreativeCon to educate others about his passion; Solving Rubik's Cubes. From kids to adults, anyone will enjoy the show! Feel free to bring your own Rubik's cube, watch a professional at work!

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