Schedule

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Art Materials World/Creativation+
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Schedule is subject to change.
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Monday - March 15

10:00 - 11:00 am CST (10:00 - 11:00)
Keynote: Agile Organizations Thrive During Turbulent Times
Joe Rotella, Create & Craft LLC
Turbulent times have shown that successful organizations quickly adjust to change and adapt to find new ways of working. Agile organizations have a clear unifying purpose, a culture of learning and collaboration, and engaged teams led by effective leaders. Learn how you can build an organization that embraces change, survives, and thrives in an ever-changing world. 

11:15 am - 12:00 pm CST (11: 15 - 12:00)
Opening Networking Experience*

12:00 - 5:00 pm CST (12:00 - 17:00)
Exhibit Hall Open
The Art Materials World and Creativation+ Exhibit Hall is open throughout the day for attendees to explore; however, a dedicated hour from 12:00 - 1:00 pm will allow attendees to connect with the hundreds of exhibitors at their booths. Exhibitors and attendees are encouraged to use the 1:00 - 5:00 pm time slot for appointments and meetings.

1:15 - 2:15 pm CST (13:15 - 14:15)
Education Sessions

2:30 - 3:15 pm CST (14:30 - 15:15)
Sponsored Education

3:30  - 4:30 pm CST (15:30 - 16:30)
Education Sessions


Tuesday - March 16

9:45 - 10:45 am CST (9:45 - 10:45)
Networking Experience*
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11:00 am - 12:00 pm CST (11:00 - 12:00)
Industry Panel: Moving Forward Together - The Creative Industries in 2021
Almost a full year since COVID-19 changed the retail and manufacturing business as we know it, this panel will reflect on the long-lasting impacts, how folks are getting back to business and continuing to adapt, and where we are headed. This discussion will include the growth of eCommerce, contact-less connection points with your customers, changing customer trends, and more!

12:00 - 5:00 pm CST (12:00 - 17:00)
Exhibit Hall Open
The Art Materials World and Creativation+ Exhibit Hall is open throughout the day for attendees to explore; however, a dedicated hour from 12:00 - 1:00 pm will allow attendees to connect with the hundreds of exhibitors at their booths. Exhibitors and attendees are encouraged to use the 1:00 - 5:00 pm time slot for appointments and meetings.

1:15 - 2:15 pm CST (13:15 - 14:15)
Education Sessions

2:30 - 3:15 pm CST (14:30 - 15:15)
Sponsored Education

3:30  - 4:30 pm CST (15:30 - 16:30)
Education Sessions


Wednesday - March 17

9:45 - 10:45 am CST (9:45 - 10:45)
Networking Experience*

11:00 am - 12:00 pm CST (11:00 - 12:00)
Innovation Hour
Learn about some of the most innovative new products to be hitting the shelves in 2021, followed by a conversation with an industry trailblazer around the future of creative, trends to be aware of, and the risks of not embracing innovation in your business. 

12:00 - 5:00 pm CST (12:00 - 17:00)
Exhibit Hall Open
The Art Materials World and Creativation+ Exhibit Hall is open throughout the day for attendees to explore; however, a dedicated hour from 12:00 - 1:00 pm will allow attendees to connect with the hundreds of exhibitors at their booths. Exhibitors and attendees are encouraged to use the 1:00 - 5:00 pm time slot for appointments and meetings.

1:15 - 2:15 pm CST (13:15 - 14:15)
Education Sessions

2:30 - 3:15 pm CST (14:30 - 15:15)
Sponsored Education

3:30  - 4:30 pm CST (15:30 - 16:30)
Education Sessions


Thursday - March 18

9:45 - 10:45 am CST (9:45 - 10:45)
Networking Experience*
Check back - info and details coming soon

11:00 am - 12:00 pm CST (11:00 - 12:00)
Industry Panel: Leading with Confidence
Our future is reliant on diverse talent bringing new ideas and unique experiences to the creative career. This panel discussion will focus on diversity and inclusion initiatives to propel us forward, how to lead with confidence, and how partnerships between industry leaders can enable innovation.

12:00 - 5:00 pm CST (12:00 - 17:00)
Exhibit Hall Open
The Art Materials World and Creativation+ Exhibit Hall is open throughout the day for attendees to explore; however, a dedicated hour from 12:00 - 1:00 pm will allow attendees to connect with the hundreds of exhibitors at their booths. Exhibitors and attendees are encouraged to use the 1:00 - 5:00 pm time slot for appointments and meetings.

1:15 - 2:15 pm CST (13:15 - 14:15)
Education Sessions

2:30 - 3:15 pm CST (14:30 - 15:15)
Sponsored Education

3:30  - 4:30 pm CST (15:30 - 16:30)
Education Sessions


Friday - March 19

10:00 - 11:00 am CST (10:00 - 11:00)
Coffee & Conversations
After a busy week of education and innovation, connect one last time in a roundtable format with your fellow attendees. Leadership will give closing remarks and provide insights into the planning of Art Materials World 2022 in partnership with AFCI. You will then have the choice of breakout session by topic. Topics may include social media tools, product trends, incorporating diversity and inclusion principles into your business, customer experience, marketing trends, and more. So turn on your camera, switch on your microphone, and come ready to share! 

11:00 am - 4:00 pm CST (11:00 - 16:00)
Exhibit Hall Open
The Art Materials World and Creativation+ Exhibit Hall is open throughout the day for attendees to explore; however, a dedicated hour from 11:00 am - 12:00 pm will allow attendees to connect with the hundreds of exhibitors at their booths. Exhibitors and attendees are encouraged to use the 11:00 am - 4:00 pm time slot for appointments and meetings.

12:15 - 1:15 pm CST (12:15 - 13:15)
Education Sessions

1:30 - 2:15 pm CST (13:30 - 14:15)
Sponsored Education

2:30 - 3:30 pm CST (14:30 - 15:30)
Education Sessions