Playing with creativity
Dr. AnnMarie Thomas is the director of the Playful Learning Lab at the University of St. Thomas, where she is a professor in the School of Engineering and the Opus College of Business. She is the creator of Squishy Circuits, and the author of “Making Makers: Kids, Tools, and the Future of Innovation.” AnnMarie and her research students explore the intersection of the arts, technology and education and are always in search of their next unusual collaboration.
Damian Kulash is the singer for the band OK Go, which is at the forefront of an emerging class of independent creative entrepreneurs making art in both digital and physical spaces. The band has sold over a million albums, and their self-directed videos have been viewed more than 200 million times online. Past projects include an interactive video made with the Pilobolus dance company, a live album chronicling the 180 concerts they played in 2010, performances at the Kennedy Center and various festivals, and collaborations with the Muppets and Sesame Street.