Everything that’s happening at Connected Ink 2022 Week 2

November 14, 2022

Join us as we explore the future of human creativity: Connected Ink 2022, Week 2

Connected Ink 2022 is underway! For the second week, it’s taking place in Tokyo, Seoul, China, Düsseldorf, Portland, and online, with a wide array of free workshops, lectures, creative sessions, and more intended to explore the future of human creativity.

Here are the completely free sessions happening during Week 2 of Connected Ink 2022.

Want to make sure you don’t miss anything? Click through to the event pages and click “Add to Calendar.” You can also bookmark the Connected Ink YouTube channel, where everything will be livestreamed!

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Technology in support of humanity: November 15, 2022

There’s no doubt that technology has transformed the human experience. It has changed the way we live, how we work and how we interact with one another. Ultimately, it has even changed the way society functions. Which is why we need to ask ourselves: Are all these changes really for the better?

Art and the neurodivergent mind: a discussion with North Pole Studio

  • Tuesday, November 15, 2022, 9:00am – 10:30am PST
  • In-person at the Wacom Experience Center, Portland, OR — registration required!
  • Presenters: Artists and founders of North Pole Studio

Portland, OR is home to many creative studios and organizations that support the arts, but there are only a handful that speak to the importance and power of art for the neurodivergent community. Join us on November 15th while we listen and learn from some of the artists, educators, and founders of North Pole Studio.

North Pole Studio supports careers in the arts and exists to increase opportunities for artists with autism and intellectual / developmental disabilities to thrive as active members of the arts community. We foster self-determination and facilitate meaningful connections through total engagement in the arts.

Click here for more information. Unfortunately, registration for this session is full!

The Bionic Kid and Limbitless Solutions: creating artistic 3d-printed prosthetics

Join us for a discussion of how the non-profit Limbitless Solutions, with the School of Visual Arts & Design from University of Central Florida, is supporting the limb-difference community by creating no-cost, artistic 3D-printed prosthetics, prosthetic training video games, and two inclusive comic books all using Wacom tablets and displays.

We’ll hear from Matt Dombrowski, the creative director of Limbitless, Victor Davila, from the University of Central Florida, and from 13-year-old Zachary Pamboukas, author of “The Bionic Kid” comic book, who worked with the UCF Limbitless team to create two comic books representing a limb-different superhero.

Click here for the event page.

Illustration as a tool for social impact

In this talk led by Lebanese artist, author, and activist Rafik El Hariri, we will explore and discuss the importance of using digital media, new media, and specifically illustration as a tool for social impact. Rafik will share how he creates visually narrative illustrations that touch on important topics such as mental health.

Rafik El Hariri is an illustrator, animator, and mental health advocate. He first ventured off into Graphic Design before adding and pursuing his love for illustrations and image creation. He now creates visual imagery for a variety of commercial and commissioned projects.

Click here for the event page.

How Wacom technology is elevating classroom education: November 16-17, 2022

How has the widespread adoption of remote and virtual workflows forced technology to innovate? What do educational institutions of all grade levels need to do to better utilize and implement digital learning and creative tech into their curriculum and daily practices?

How Schoolhouse.World peer tutors support classroom learning with technology

Schoolhouse.World is a non-profit founded by Sal Khan of Khan Academy that offers free online tutoring in math, SAT prep, and more, all hosted by volunteer peer tutors.

In this session, you’ll hear from the Schoolhouse.World team about their program, how their tutors leverage technology in their sessions, and how educators can use Schoolhouse.World to support student learning in their classrooms or at home.

Click here for the event page.

Preparing students and schools for future careers in the creative arts

Many students and their schools don’t have the technology or the expertise to teach students about new creative technology and the transition to remote and hybrid ways of working. This session will share ideas for how to support students as well as share resources and tips on getting involved with schools and teachers who are coaching and leading our new generation of artists.

Hendrix is the co-founder and executive director of the BRIC Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to increasing representation in entertainment, gaming, media and technology.

Click here for the event page.

Kick-start your CTE program to prepare students for successful careers in the arts

Hear from two educators who are providing high school & post-high students with educational pathways to creative industries worldwide. Learn about the genesis of their media arts programs, the industry mentorship & internship opportunities, and how they bring job-readiness into focus for their students. Combined, these speakers have secured over $3.5M in funding to support their programs. They will give practical advice for how educators can create or expand film, animation and game design programs and tips/tricks for securing funding.

Jamie Leduc is an animation teacher and the CREATE department head at Sisler High School. Xierra Cansino and Ivan Abrasaldo are students in the Sisler HS CREATE program. Matthew Waynee is a Cinematic Arts Instructor, Curriculum Developer, and Grant Writer in the Los Angeles Unified School District.

Click here for the event page.

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About the author

Abeni Jones is a former graphic designer, illustrator, and educator, and current writer, who bought her first Wacom tablet in 1999. She’s passionate about video games, design, and the great outdoors.

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