Applied Creativity Studio is a full-service cultural consultancy founded by Andy Horwitz.
We provide a wide range of consulting services at the intersection of culture, creativity, economic development, community engagement, civics and urban planning with a particular focus on art and technology.
Our expertise includes curating and producing cultural experiences ranging from performing arts, concerts and city-wide festivals to immersive installations, art exhibitions, activating storefronts and transitional spaces, and public ideas programs.
For more information, please see our portfolio page.
What Is Applied Creativity?
Applied Creativity is where inspiration meets organization. It is about being able to harness artistic imagination and vision to effectively implement unexpected, innovative ideas . This is what I do.
Here are ten ideas I like to keep in mind:
- Always Start from Yes
- Good Ideas Are Everywhere
- Embrace Chaos, Cultivate Order
- Keeping asking “Why?” until you get to the root cause
- Process and Outcome are inextricably linked
- People will surprise you if you let them
- Model the world you want to inhabit
- Cultivate Generosity
- Encourage Reciprocity
- Keep trying! You have to generate a lot of bad ideas to find the good one
These ideas change all the time, per Heraclitus.
Why Applied Creativity?
I have been curious and creative my entire life. I was that kid who was always asking the teacher “why” and other unanswerable questions; who didn’t like to be limited by the answer “just because” or “that’s how things are”.
Over the years I’ve learned how to apply that insatiable curiosity & creative energy by wedding it to excellent strategic and organizational skills. I don’t just think outside the box – I question the assumptions that led to the box, break it apart and build something people haven’t seen before. I like to think of everything as an art project dressed as a math problem. Or vice versa.
If you are looking for great ideas, someone to apply creativity to solve your business, organization, institutional or project challenges or just help you think through a complex problem, you’ve come to the right place. I specialize in arts and culture, primarily performance-based, but my experience is wide and my creative imagination knows no bounds.
Get in touch and let’s explore, together!