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International Creativity for Social Change Event: The 2016 Creative Activist Virtual Summit, Hosted by Author & Activist Rae Luskin

Chicago, IL, July 22, 2016 --( Rae Luskin, author of the award-winning book "The Creative Activist," will be hosting The Creative Activist Virtual Summit from August 15th – 22nd, 2016. Featuring 24 expert guest speakers, the goals of this year’s summit are to provide practical tools, fresh ideas, and inspiration to creatives, change agents, and community leaders looking to connect with seasoned professionals, whether to begin a new initiative or expand an existing one.

Published just last year, Luskin’s book has received a remarkable response from business and community leaders, social justice advocates, artists and healers. As well as being awarded the IBPA 2016 Benjamin Franklin Award, Gold Winner: Inspiration Category, the book has inspired a movement for social change.

“My mission is to create a movement; to engage, educate, and empower 1 Million Creative Activists. I believe through sharing our creative voices and visions we can raise awareness of important social issues, move people from apathy to action and drive change. Unlike any other summit you may have attended, we will show you how to stand up, speak out and make a difference!” said Ms. Luskin, Summit Host & Author of "The Creative Activist."

Convinced that creative expression has the power to transform personal and collective consciousness, uplift humanity and nurture the heart and soul, Luskin has developed the Creative Activist Manifesto. A declaration of intent as much as a proclamation of purpose, it encompasses her vision of the path for Creative Activists to create better communities, and a better world, encouraging them to:

· Cultivate courage, curiosity and collaboration
· Realize one person can make a difference
· Embrace their unique gifts and talents
· Transform their lives to be the change they wish to see
· Ignite inspired, imaginative and innovative ideas and solutions
· Value personal stories of resilience and speak their truth
· Empower and energize themselves and the world through a powerful vision

Among the 24 expert guest interviews that will be featured at this year’s Creative Activist Summit will be artists, musicians, dancers, actors and community activists. From foundation directors to theater directors; from MAs and PhDs to authors and speakers; from educators and therapists to radio hosts and television hosts, the summit guests work on a wide variety of local and global social issues, including but not limited to: gender equality, education, prison reform and a sustainable planet. The scheduled list of expert guest speakers includes:

· Amy Oestreicher - TEDx Speaker, Author, Playwright, Actress, Artist
· Angela Rose - Founder/Executive Director of PAVE: Promoting Awareness, Victim Empowerment.
· Anne K. Ream - Author, Founder of The Voices and Faces Project, girls360
· Arthur Gogatz - Co-founder, Director at World Innovation Team, Associate Professor, Consultant, Speaker
· Crystal Mann - Musician, Organizer at The Sanctuaries DC
· Curt L. Tofteland - Founder & Producing Director of Shakespeare Behind Bars
· Cynthia Kersey - Founder of The Unstoppable Foundation, empowering lives through education
· Ellyzabeth Adler - Multidisciplinary Artist, Founder/ Executive Director Danztheatre Ensemble: performance with a purpose
· Emanuel Kuntzelman - Founder Greenheart International and Greenheart Music
· Grishma Shah - Co Director ReelAbilities Film Festival Chicago
· Heather Beirmann - B.F.A and MA with a specialty in eco-art therapy.
· Heidi Basch-Harod - Executive Director, Women's Voices Now
· Judith Smith - Artistic director AXIS Dance Company
· Kathy Barbini - Founder/Producer/ Big Voice Pictures
· Kathy Eldon - Journalist, film and television producer, author, Founder of Creative Visions Foundation
· Laurie Marshall - Artist, teacher, author, dedicated to transforming violence in schools through creativity and collaboration
· Marianne Williamson - Internationally acclaimed author, speaker on spiritual personal and political issues & Founder of Project Angel Food
· Mary Graziano - Writer, poet, blogger on child abuse
· Mary Rockwood Lane RN, P.H.D - Author, Artist. Founder of Arts in Medicine Program
· Michael Skinner - Musician. Healing Trauma, Abuse and Mental Health
· Rachael Z. Miller - Founder/Executive Director at Rozalia Project for a Clean Ocean
· Shajen Joy Aziz, M.Ed., M.A.- Author and producer of Discover the Gift; It’s Why We’re Here
· Sheree Keyes - Author, speaker, activist, painter and Founder of the Global Artist Academy
· Shiloh McCloud - Artist, author, Founder Cosmic Cowgirls University

The pre-recorded interviews will be available to summit participants across the country and the world, free of charge during the duration of the summit. Each interview will run 30-45 minutes and will include personal stories that led the guests to creative activism, their challenges and successes, as well as practical solutions to break though creative blocks, and will share their vision to make the world better for future generations.

Every evening of the summit, Luskin will present a wrap-up and question and answer bonus call. In addition, registrants will have the opportunity to build their permanent library with the purchase of a Gold Package: receiving instant digital access to each audio interview, transcripts of each interview, and will continue to receive dates of bonus programs.

The 2016 Creative Activist Virtual Summit, hosted by author and activist Rae Luskin, will offer practical tips and advice on community activism and effective approaches to social change. Designed to help local activists catalyze their leadership skills, connect with other creative activists worldwide, and generate more impact and influence, the summit will be held from August 15-22, and is free of charge to participants, who may register here:

Rae Luskin is an artist, keynote speaker and author, and has been a community activist for more than 40 years. She has dedicated her life to ending abuse across the lifeline, sharing her own story of healing from childhood sexual abuse. She believes in the power of creative expression to uplift the human spirit and awaken social consciousness. “Through the arts, we can open hearts and minds, initiate new dialogues and build new models of what is possible,” she said. Ten percent of the proceeds from her book, The Creative Activist, support NWCASA, a full-service agency that provides free counseling to sexual assault victims and community education. To learn more about Ms. Luskin and her message, schedule her as a keynote speaker, or to order a copy of her book, please visit her website:
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