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The Portland Creative Conference (aka Cre8con) is an interdisciplinary exploration and celebration of the creative process across various creative industries.  The conference features keynote presentations from leading creatives who reveal their work and talk about their process, secrets, influences and inspirations.

It is an opportunity for attendees to get inside the head of visionaries who are generating original and effective ideas for fun & profit and to be inspired in entirely new ways, viewing their own world with a fresh perspective as a result.

The original conference was founded by Will Vinton and ran throughout the 90’s and after 7 years away was brought back in 2008 by event Chairman Steve Gehlen as a non-profit fundraiser for arts education.  The event is produced by Oregon Creative Industries (a trade association) on behalf of the non-profit fiscal agent, Keeping the Beat (a public charity that raises money to support arts education in Oregon).

A volunteer event planning Board oversees the event, including speakers, sponsors, marketing and logistics.

The 2011 Portland Creative Conference takes place on Saturday September 17th on the magnificent stage of the Newmark Theater. Some of Oregon’s most original and creative thinkers let us in on the secrets that inspire and motivate their work.

Here is a video featuring some of the amazing speakers who have graced the stage during the 1990’s at the Portland Creative Conference:

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