Imagination Conversation Report: Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts, Virginia

The Virginia Imagination Conversation, hosted by the Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts, took place on October 19, 2011, at its Center for Education in Vienna, VA. Wolf Trap is one of several organizations currently working with Lincoln Center Institute (LCI) to plan a policy meeting with the U.S. Department of Education that will happen in early 2012 in Washington, D.C., so we were especially eager to see the results of this event.

Lisa L. LaCamera, senior director of communications and marketing at Wolf Trap, reported that President and CEO Terrence Jones “moderated an inspiring discussion among the thought leaders,” who were: Sanju K. Bansal, chief operating officer of MicroStrategy, Inc.; Jeffrey Brown, senior correspondent for PBS NewsHour; Mark Ginsberg, dean of the College of Education and Human Development at George Mason University; and Elizabeth Streb, action architect of STREB Lab for Action Mechanics (SLAM).

The Conversation focused on “the importance of imagination, creativity, and innovation within their organizations, throughout our schools and communities, and to our nation,” said LaCamera. “Questions from the audience were insightful and showed intense passion for the topic.”

The panel discussion was preceded by a musical breakfast at which the Wolf Trap Jazz Trio—Michael Bowie on bass, Harold Mann on drums, and Robert Redd on piano—performed.

LCI is grateful to Mimi Flahery Willis, senior director of education, and Wolf Trap for their commitment to the Imagination Conversations initiative and the ideas behind it.

Click here to view all Imagination Conversation Reports.

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