Creative Control Fest is a multi-day creative conference that centers creatives of color who are a part of the growing creative class.
In 2012, Creative Columbus conducted a study of the creative industries in Columbus, Ohio. They found that Columbus was home to more than 50,000 painters, writers, designers, and creatives who earned more than $3 billion in revenues. Since that study, there has been quite a bit of attention paid to developing a more diverse and inclusive creative class. However, despite our best efforts, women are less likely to report seeing someone who looks like them in their creative fields, while creatives of color are more likely to report experiencing barriers to access and necessary tools.
But numbers don't lie. Three of every four creatives agree that they won't work for a company that they believe doesn't take diversity seriously. Nine out of ten creatives say a diverse workforce should be a priority for the creative industry. That's power. And while creative industries are changing, there is still a lot of work that needs to be done.
This year's Creative Control Fest will take place September 28–29, 2018 with multiple days of conference talks and workshops. We pride ourselves on partnering with local institutions who believe in our mission of inclusion. This year our conference will be partnering with Columbus Museum of Art, Blockfort Studios, Columbus College of Art & Design and The Historic Lincoln Theatre in Columbus, OH all just minutes away from the buzzing Downtown area of Columbus. Creative Control Fest is organized by Artfluential Collective and the CCF host committee which is made up of a diverse group of creatives.
Join us for POWER: Creative Control Fest 7 and learn about how creatives like you are helping change the course in expanding industries!