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Creative Industries Network

Creative Industries Network

Accelerating the Creative Industries

CIN Network LogoThe Creative Industries Network
 is dedicated to the growth of Pittsburgh's specific creative technology-related capabilities. The network focuses on the region's seven core creative industries: design, fine arts, software/hardware, communications, entertainment, data science and industry support services.

MISSION   To foster, connect and sustain emergent intersections of creativity and industry.

PURPOSE  To serve as a collaborative hub that ignites creativity and innovation, enhances interconnectivity and provides opportunity for creative, cultural transformation. 

The Creative Industries Network originated in 2008, as the Art + Technology Initiative, to unite and cultivate the creative and technology communities in the Pittsburgh region, and beyond.  Founded on the idea that creativity and technology share the fundamental characteristic of innovation, as well as a synergy at the forefront of cultural progression, the network is a thriving community that feeds the region's creative and economic ecosystems.
IDEate. INNOVate. INTEGRate: Art + Technology Explorations

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Network Programs

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The Creative Industries Network provides regional creatives with business development events, educational workshops, partnership & collaboration links, and opportunities for national engagement.

CREATE Festival  This annual innovation festival brings together artists, entrepreneurs, geeks, investors, makers, innovation leaders, students and all kinds of creatives to connect, share and build the future together. Packed with workshops, talks, art and ingenuity, CREATE celebrates the intersection of innovation and creativity. By honoring and showcasing the coolest projects each spring, CREATE is the signature even of the Creative Industries Network, attracting nearly 1,000 visitors in 2015 as part of the Dollar Bank Three Rivers Arts Festival. CREATE has featured innovators from all around the world, including Burton Morris, Wil Wright, Penelope Trunk, Cirque Du Soliel, AT&T, Hewlett-Packard, Zero1 Garage, The Gray Area Foundationwww.createfestival.org


Creative Clash Mixers  One of our most popular nights out, the Creative Clash Mixers are fun at the intersection of Art and Technology. We hang out at some of the coolest spots in the city and make friends to the backdrop of innovation. Popular mixer venues have been Techshop, the Carnegie Museum of Art, The Andy Warhol Museum, The Mattress Factory, ASSEMBLE, Wigle Whiskey, Woodstreet Galleries, SPACE and The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre.

CMO Insights: Marketing Innovation Series  This series focuses on the region's top marketing leaders, and what they are doing to keep their companies ahead of the curve. Presented in partnership with the Pittsburgh Advertising Federation, this educational and inspiring series features top industry leaders and CMOs who share their knowledge and experience on the latest marketing and technology trends. Featured companies have included: PPG, Giant Eagle, Dicks Sporting Goods, BRUNNER, Mullen, 4Moms, MARC USA, Vector Security, Dollar Bank, Schell Games, Covestro.

Creative ClashDesign Matters Series  Making the world a more beautiful (and efficient) place, our design and maker series focuses on evolving trends in industrial design, making, prototyping, design thinking and more. Events explore  how designers, entrepreneurs, makers and local organiztions can use new strategies to help revitalize small manufacturing and make a difference locally.  Our speakers and partners have included: Dan Pink, Roger Martin, IDSA, Maya Design, IDEO, Design House, Detroit Creative Corridor Center, AlphaLab Gear, Bally Design, Daedalus.

DIY Workshops  In these hands-on workshops, creatives and enterpreneurs learn from industry experts with the latest strategies for business growth. These workshops are designed to empower individuals to take ownership of their success with insider tips and secrets from some of the most successful thought-leaders around. Workshop expert topics include Google, SEO, Social Media, PR, Marketing, Web Analytics and Advertising...and much more.



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CREATE Festival

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Every June

In the heart of the
Dollar Bank Three Rivers Arts Festival

CREATE is the signature event of the Creative Industries Network. Each year, some of the coolest creatives around assemble for three days of fun, inspiration, education and friend-making, all to the backdrop of the latest art and innovation.

CREATE (Changing Realities and Experiences with Art and Technology Explorations) is an emmersive, interactive gathering where everyone has a chance to participate. Get involved with this years event now! www.createpgh.org

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Creativity and Innovation is Here. Inclusion, Innovation and Integrative Design: Pittsburgh's Creative Clusters

Creatsummitart HiresIt’s no secret that Pittsburgh’s creative economy is rich with potential. In 2014, the Pittsburgh Technology Council and Carnegie Mellon University set out to discover the realities of the region’s creative assets, and what it takes do to elevate them to the next level. Partnering with the University of Toronto’s Martin Prosperity Group and Echo Strategies, world-wide leaders in creative economy research, the PTC launched an in-depth study of regional companies, organizations and individuals who are contributing to the region’s creative growth and innovation.

The study focused on the seven key creative sectors in Pittsburgh’s 8-county region: design, communications, entertainment, fine art, data science, software and hardware, and creative industry support services.

Click the link below to download the full version of the 2014 Pittsburgh Creative Industries Report: 
Pittsburgh Creative Industries FINAL REPORT  

Click the link below to download the 2016 follow-up report, The 2016 Pittsburgh Regional Asset Map and Live/Work Study:


THE CREATIVE CLUSTERS, including the seven key meta-clusters: Creasummit Clusters


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Art Space

OrangeThe 15 Minutes Gallery is a conduit for artists and businesses to come together and proactively promote culture and commerce. Focused on exploring the intersection of art and technology, the works of art in the PTC's in-house gallery span the gamut of artistic mediums and expression, while magnifying Pittsburgh’s unique cultural lexicon.

15Mg2“Technology is important to Art because it connects creativity with innovation -- and the spirit of inventiveness. Whether we are using technology to create our art, or to share our art, it challenges artists to explore new realms of aesthetic experience and cultural relevance. But, on the other hand, Art is important to Technology for the most important reason of all. Art gives Technology its humanity. And our humanity is the driving force behind every new technology we design and every product we manufacture. We are all makers. Without creativity, we don’t make anything. If we don’t make anything, we don’t progress.”
~Kim Chestney, Director, Creative Industries Acceleration

Location: 2000 Technology Drive, Pittsburgh, PA 15219
Artwork created by Sandi Kessler Kaminiski, Kessler Studios, Pittsburgh, PA

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2009-2014: DATA: The Design, Art and Technology Awards + the 15 Minutes Gallery 
The Art + Tech Initiative kicked off with a bang in 2008 with the first-ever Design, Art + Technology Awards at the 15 Minutes Gallery— the Tech Council's innovation art space. Nearly breaking fire code, and featuring over 75 artists and technologists, DATA became the foundational element of the Art + Technology Initiative. The event has been hosted by scads of cool people, including: Pop Artist, Burton Morris;  Cirque du Soleil; Will Wright, creator of The Sims video game series;  J Moses, founder of WeChi Social Media and former President of BMG Interactive and MTV Russia, Chip Walter, CNN Bureau Chief and Author of Last Ape Standing, career guru and blogger Penelope Trunk, and co-founder of YXYY, Willo O'Brien. In 2015, DATA 2.0 has emerged as the CREATE Festival, a three day gathering for innovative creatives, part of the Dollar Bank Three Rivers Arts Festival.

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2011-12: The Pittsburgh Entertainment Technology Project   
From 2010-2012, due to a flourishing Hollywood presence in Pittsburgh, the Pittsburgh Technology Council partnered with Carnegie Mellon University’s Entertainment Technology Center, the  Pittsburgh Film Office, and Idea Foundry as a resource for connecting Pittsburgh innovation to the Hollywood pipeline. The project connected companies to numerous Hollywood producers and box office hits.

2013: SXSW: Innovation City
Pittsburgh's recent presence at Austin’s SXSW Interactive was a collaboration with Carnegie Mellon University called Innovation City, an official SXSW event that featured a night of night of futuristic tech, innovative robotics, cutting-edge startups and ubergeek DJs. With a line around the block, it was quite a party!

2012-Present: Creative Clash -- The Creative Industries Network
In 2012, the PTC launched partnered with the Carnegie Museum of Art to host the Creative Clash!, the launch of the first-ever Creative Technology Network — consisting of a dedicated program of events, educational workshops, visibility initiatives and business development/investment opportunities for companies, artists and organizations working at the intersection of creativity and technology.

2014: The Art of Technology @ Currents, Santa Fe International New Media Arts Festival
Pittsburgh headed to Santa Fe in June of 2014 to lead a panel discussion on the new era of interactive creativity. Participants included representatives from the Pittsburgh Technology Council, The Carnegie Museum of Art, The Andy Warhol Museum, Carnegie Mellon University, Dollar Bank and the Benedum Foundation. Pittsburgh Artist Sandy Kessler Kaminski's work was featured throughout the two week festival, showcasing the best art and tech works around the globe.

2015: CREATE FESTIVAL - National Art + Technology Festival, Part of the Collar Bank Three Rivers Arts Festival
CREATE is Pittsburgh's signature creative industries festival. It features a full day of workshops, talks and interactive activities, including the Innovation Salon art exhibition and capped off by the CREATEFest party in the evening. With over 1000 attendees, CREATE 2015 hosted nearly 300 creatives from over 35 cities around the country, in addition to the several hundred regional artists, presenters and attendees native to the Pittsburgh region.

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Champion Network Sponsor: Dollar (1)

Network Supporting Sponsor: TRAF Logo RGB FINAL

Network Partners: Animal Studios | Cosmitto | Fortyx80 | LUXE Creative

Foundation Sponsor:

Benedumlogo WebThe Creative Industries Network is supported by the Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation. This event is part of the PTC's Creative Industries Network. 





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For more information on The Creative Industries Network or the CREATE Festival,
contact Shelby Mastovich @ 412.918.4244 or smastovich@pghtech.org.

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