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.

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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 get to know these works during 90 minutes while the rest of the participants network.

  1. Anderson, Ross. University of Oregon, USA. Will present his research about the use of art in education to develop creativity in children and teenagers.
  2. Clouder, Christopher. Centro Botín. Lourdes Escobar. Marqués de Valdecilla University Hospital, Spain. They will explain the 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. Will share with us the most recent conclusions of a study carried out to analyze the different manner in which we generate ideas.
  4. Grossman, Eliana. New York University, USA. She will show a study that analyses the creative process of teachers who were granted a scholarship to work in a one-year project which goal was to improve their schools.
  5. Lebuda, Izabela. Wroclaw University, Poland. She will share her research on day to day creativity. The research is based in a sampling method consisting in sending random indications to the participants throughout the day asking them about the activities they carry out and the emotion they generate.
  6. Luna, Carlos. Centro Botín, Spain. He will share with us the development of creativity experimented by Cantabria University students who participated in the first university program created by the Centro Botín to develop creative thinking.
  7. Panero, María. Yale University, USA. Will talk about her research, that focuses on how actors work at an emotional level to create the characters they interpret.
  8. Olena Zyga. Stanford University, USA. Her research focuses on child’s creativity and play. She will present her work regarding the development of creativity based on the data collected from children from schools in Cantabria during a study carried out in collaboration with the Botín Foundation.
  9. De Vries, Herie. Paris University, France. Presentation of the results of her research on children’s tolerance to ambiguity and scientific creativity.


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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