Smart Talk: Amy Frazier

  • 7:30 PM–8:30 PM

240 Art Building West

What does it mean for a university art museum to be in transition for a decade? What does it mean to have opposing ideas for the museum’s future? How much change must we navigate? And how does creativity speak to us in times like this? In this presentation, we cross the threshold into the realm of Janus, the Roman God of beginnings and endings. Like Janus, museums look to the past and the future at once. And like Janus, museums have a unique custodianship of change. We’ll explore surprising ways creativity manifests during times of reinvention, and discuss how the nature of opposition and transition can support UIMA as it charts its way to its new home.


Amy Frazier, MS, works in the field of applied creativity and leadership development. The programs she offers through her company, Stages of Presence, are targeted at improving organizational health and human effectiveness though a multidisciplinary approach to successful creativity. Amy holds a Master of Science degree from the International Center for Studies in Creativity, the world’s first and leading program for applied creativity and innovation. A former professional actor, she has presented her work at conferences nationally and internationally. She is the author of a chapter on creativity and leadership in Big Questions in Creativity 2013, published by the ICSC Press. Amy lives in Seattle.

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