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Friday, 09.29.17 | Gerding Theater at the Armory | #Cre8con2017

The Portland Creative Conference is an exploration and celebration of the creative process across various creative industries. Bring your team or just bring yourself–either way you won’t leave the same as you arrived. You’ll be inspired and motivated in new ways, viewing your world with a fresh perspective. We feature presentations from leading creatives who take you inside their creative process and talk about their projects, problems, influences and inspirations. [History]

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In the 2016 post-event survey with 87 attendees responding, 87% of attendees rated the Conference as either “Excellent” or “Very Good”; 89% said they are “Extremely Likely”, “Very Likely” or “Likely” to recommend the event to colleagues; 64% of respondents either attended as a team  from work or thought the event would be valuable for their team at work.

To see many of our testimonials, click here.  Here is a small sample:

“As a first time attendee I wasn’t sure what to expect from this event. While these speakers weren’t in my line of work I found their personal work journeys fascinating and relative to any career path and/or job function. Too often we take the safe path or pay less focus on the receiving audience for a multitude of reasons. This event was a great inspiration…”

Marci Neilsen, Xerox

“The Creative Conference to me is a unique and wonderful experience. It not only is packed with inspirational speakers, but also congregates great energy and excellent people from Portland. Prepare yourself for a day of replenishing positive vibes, for speakers with great success and stories, and for the after-party that makes a difference for your network.”

David Pan, FashioNXT

“It doesn’t matter what line of work you’re in or where you’re at in life, this conference is for everyone. You WILL take away something that you can utilize immediately. Motivation and inspiration can come from diverse sources, don’t miss an opportunity to grow. You never discover what this conference has in store for you until you experience it for yourself.”

Zack G-L, What's Up This Weekend


Plug into inspiration and motivation

When you experience a day of visionaries from a variety of creative disciplines taking you to the heart of their creative process–sharing their stories, challenges, influences and output–you will leave truly inspired and thinking about your world in a fresh new way.  It’s a vacation for your brain.

Plug into the creative industries network

This is a unique opportunity to expand your network across a variety of  creative industries professionals.  We will be in one place at one time for one reason: to explore and celebrate the creative process.  The schedule includes plenty of networking opportunities such as the attendee reception on Friday evening at the Wieden+Kennedy Atrium.

Plug into the experience

It’s not just about the great speakers.  You will be treated to music, food and drink throughout the day and into the evening at the Wrap Party, which takes place in the Wieden+Kennedy Atrium  (must have conference badge for entry).

Plug into the energy

Something special happened when the Armory was remodeled and became the Gerding Theater.  The space, and the surrounding Pearl District neighborhood, feels like it was tailor-made to harness and amplify creative energy.


This event would not be possible without the support of our sponsors.  Thank you!

Frequently Asked Questions
How much do tickets cost?

In 2016 the early bird registration fee was $99, with discounts available for company teams who register together.  The regular registration fee was $119. We haven’t set 2017 prices yet.  As a non-profit, we try to make this event accessible and affordable to most creative industries professionals while still raising money for K-12 arts education programs in Oregon.

Will there be a discount available for companies who want to register a team of people for the event?

Yes, there is a price break when registering 5 or more people at the same time for the event.  Several companies have registered teams of people for the event.

How is the money used?

This event is a volunteer-driven, non-profit fundraiser for K-12 arts education programs in Oregon through Keeping the Arts, an Oregon-based 501(c)3 non-profit.  As long as we reach our sponsorship sales goal (thanks Sponsors!), the majority of registration fee proceeds will go to fund arts education programs to help foster the next generation of creative industries professionals.

Will lunch be served at the event?

This is dependent on if we are able to sell our lunch sponsorship.  We were able to do that in 2015 and 2016.



Gerding Theater at the Armory

128 NW 11th Avenue

Portland, OR 97209

Doors open at 8:00 AM for check-in & networking, Program starts at 9:00 AM



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