October 9, 10 and 11

The Fundación Botín and the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence hold the first International Conference on Creativity, Emotions, and the Arts at the Centro Botín of Santander.

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Creatively and by means of a diverse group of respected international experts in each of these areas, we will exchange knowledge, progress, research, uncertainties and experiences and study in depth the connection between these three concepts and how the arts can help us develop our creativity and overcame daily challenges, improve our personal well-being and generate social and economic wealth.

Throughout the three days of the Conference, the attendees will participate in talks, presentations and workshops delivered by educational experts and artists who work alongside the Centro Botín and experience various approaches to develop creativity through the arts.


Limited places available. Registration fees: € 400.

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    During these three days you will have the opportunity to enjoy nine talks during which two experts will discuss about a topic and present and compare their points of view regarding the need to develop creativity in different aspects of life.

    The topics that are going to be addressed are the following:

    1. The healing power of arts.
    2. Art that moves: How can aesthetic experiences enhance your creativity?
    3. Turning boxes into rocket ships: Play and creativity in childhood and adolescence.
    4. Taking creativity to work: Emotion and creativity in the workplace.
    5. Emotions matter: What is the role of emotions in the creative process?
    6. How can engagement in the arts affect our emotional lives?
    7. Crafting the future: The role of creativity in economical, societal and cultural growth.
    8. Program evaluation and impact of teaching through the arts.
    9. The future of art centers: developing creativity through the arts.

    Download the full programme here


    The scientific and organisational committee of the International Conference on Creativity, Emotions, and the Arts has mobilized national and international experts in academic, scientific, and artistic fields who will share all their knowledge with us, would you like to meet them?

    Alexander S. McKayAlexander
    S. McKay
    Baptiste BarbotBaptiste
    Elif M. GokcigdemElif M.
    Esteban Sanz Vélez Esteban Sanz Vélez
    Eva SpeckerEva
    Fátima Sánchez Fátima
    Giovanni Corazza Giovanni
    Iñigo Sáenz
    de Miera
    James KaufmanJames
    Jennifer DrakeJennifer
    Jessica HoffmannJessica
    Julia Moeller Julia
    Karleen Gardner Karleen
    La C.O.S.A. La
    La Gran Vaca MecánicaLa Gran Vaca
    Maceij Karwowski Maceij
    Maria Dolores Prieto Maria Dolores Prieto
    Marián López Fernández Marián López
    Marie Forgeard Marie
    Mymadder Mymadder
    Pablo Tinio Pablo
    Patricia Gabaldón Patricia
    Polamobile Polamobile
    Puck y su Troupe Puck y su
    Roni Reiter Palmen Roni Reiter
    Vlad Petre Glaveanu Vlad Petre
    Zorana Ivcevic Zorana



    The posters will be exhibited in the classrooms during the scheduled time. Each day, 80 participants will have the opportunity to attend a 90-minute poster session while the rest of the participants network.

    1. Anderson, Ross. University of Oregon, USA.
      Research about the integration of artistic processes in education to develop the creative potential of educators and the children and teenagers they serve.
    2. Clouder, Christopher. Centro Botín.
      Lourdes Escobar.
      Marqués de Valdecilla University Hospital, Spain.
      A research-action project about art, creativity and health developed between Marqués de Valdecilla University Hospital and Centro Botín. The goal of the project is to incentivize creativity among healthcare workers and generate a positive impact in the way they work.
    3. Cotter, Katherine. University of North Carolina, USA.
      Study carried out to examine different ways in which we generate ideas.
    4. Grossman, Eliana. New York University, USA.
      Study that analyzes the creative process of teachers who received a fellowship to work on a one-year project to improve their schools.
    5. Lebuda, Izabela. Wroclaw University, Poland.
      Research examining the link between people’s creative activities and emotions based on diary analysis.
    6. Luna, Carlos. Centro Botín, Spain.
      Collaboration between the University of Cantabria and Centro Botin on developing a program to teach creative thinking to university students.
    7. Panero, María. Yale University, USA.
      Research on how actors work at an emotional level to create the characters they interpret.
    8. De Vries, Herie. Paris University, France.
      A study of primary school children showing that creativity on scientific problems is related to thinking in terms of dynamic process-related ideas, rather than static observations of objects.
    9. Olena Zyga. Stanford University, USA.
      Research on development of creativity in children from schools in Cantabria during (collaboration with the Botín Foundation).


    One of the goals of the Fundación Botín is to develop people’s creativity through art and the emotions that it generates.

    In 2012, the Fundación Botín published the international report “Good Morning Creativity!” which underlined the importance of creativity in our society, namely in education.

    In 2014, the Fundación went a step further with the international report “Arts and Emotions that Enhance Creativity” which analyses how the arts, namely plastic arts, cinema, dance, literature, music and theatre, move us and stimulate our imagination and our ability to create, this in fact was the point of departure of the Centro Botín.

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