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Seattle Office of Economic Development and Seattle Office of Arts & Culture Hosting Creative Economy Career Day

Free, one-day program for young people will take place February 9 at McCaw Hall 

The Seattle Office of Economic Development and Office of Arts and Culture are hosting the inaugural Creative Economy Career Day. The free, one-day education program will take place Friday, February 9 at McCaw Hall, 9 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. Creative Economy Career Day connects young people, ages 14-24, with direct access to creative industry professionals through networking, engaging workshops, and interactive demos. Registration is now open and early registration is encouraged:

Creative Economy Career Day | Credit: Anya Kochis

Participants will be able to explore a wide range of career opportunities in various creative industries. There will be opportunities to learn from audio professionals about music performance, management and production. Network, meet mentors and connect with professionals in the visual fields of film production, video editing, and graphic design. Learn about the business side of the creative economy from start-up and legal professionals, small and big business owners, and entrepreneurs. Whether it’s gaming or AI, learn about the cross-connection of technology across all the creative industries.  

“This generation is the future of Seattle’s workforce. The Creative Economy Career Day will not only connect these young people with industry professionals, but it will also allow them to explore the different ways they can follow their passion by pursuing a career within these industries,” said Markham McIntyre, Director of Seattle Office of Economic Development.  

“The Creative Industries team within OED is committed to supporting the creative economy and creating equitable opportunities for local creatives in their fields of work,” said James Miles, OED Creative Economy Manager. “This career days advances our work by continuing to build Seattle’s workforce and grow our creative industries.”  

Creative Economy Career Day | Credit: Anya Kochis

This event aims to support and grow the creative economy by promoting workforce development in Seattle’s creative industries. The goal is to encourage students and young adults who have demonstrated a passion for creative economy endeavors to expand their understanding of career paths in the creative industries, and network with industry leaders and peers to facilitate possible career opportunities.  

“This Creative Economy Career Day is such a great way to reach next gen talent, especially those in underserved and underrepresented communities, to showcase the diverse opportunities and career pathways in the creative industries,” said Tom Florino, Seattle Film Commissioner and WW Director of Economic Development at Amazon. 

“The Seattle Music Commission is proud to be a sponsor and partner on the Creative Economy Career Day.  Career Days began with the Music Commission’s inaugural Music Career Day in 2012.  These events are such an important way for youth to explore the many opportunities to advance their creative energies into meaningful careers. With the expansion to Creative Economy Career Day, those opportunities expand a hundredfold as attendees see options across multiple creative sectors.” – Kitty Wu, Seattle Music Commission Chair 

Connors and Company is honored to be a part of this inaugural event introducing our industry’s key leaders to the next generation of creatives. It is vital for our industry to have Creative Economy Career Day’s impact on our region’s growth and development of new thought leaders. 

About OED:
The Office of Economic Development is committed to building an inclusive economy in the City of Seattle. OED works at all levels of our local economy to support small and micro-businesses, partner with neighborhood business districts, support creative business sectors, workers and special event organizers, partner with key industries that drive innovation, job growth and global competitiveness, and invest in our local workforce with an emphasis on young people, low-income, as well as un-and under-employed adults. The Office is supported by the 21-member Seattle Music Commission and the 11-member Seattle Film Commission, citizen volunteers appointed by the Mayor and City Council. 

About ARTS:
The Seattle Office of Arts and Culture manages the city’s public art program, cultural partnerships grant programs, the Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute, and The Creative Advantage initiative in the effort to foster a city driven by creativity that provides the opportunity for everyone to engage in diverse arts and cultural experiences. In alignment with the City’s Race and Social Justice Initiative, we work to eliminate institutional racism in our programs, policies and practices. The Office is supported by the 16-member Seattle Arts Commission, citizen volunteers appointed by the Mayor and City Council.