Brian LaDuca

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Brian LaDuca

Executive Director, Institute of Applied Creativity for Transformation (IACT) at ArtStreet

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Brian LaDuca, a 2017 Dayton Forty Under 40 award winner, is the creator of the IDA (Ideation-Disruption-AHa!) pedagogy for Applied Creative learning which puts new ideas into action across all disciplines of study and a designer of the first national undergraduate certificate in Applied Creativity for Transformation with co-sponsorship with University of Dayton's  School of Engineering. As the Executive Director of the Institute of Applied Creativity for Transformation (IACT) at the University of Dayton, his mission is focused on empowering a forward-thinking 21st century student with the ability to confidently develop the imaginative and empathetic skills necessary to excel and impact today’s innovative and global workforce regardless of degree focus. He also serves as the Director/Educator for the Collaboration Accelerator that involves leading the design and applied creative education and innovative application of an 12-week summer internship that most recently worked several Miami Valley regional research institutes, tech and medical companies to develop radical new insights and strategies through a one-of-a kind collision based, installation deliverables process for social innovation.


His recent publications include "An Arts-Based Instructional Model for Student Creativity in Engineering Design" for the American Society for Engineering Education and two upcoming works: “Employing Applied Creativity and the Engineering Design Process in the Development of K-12 STE(A)M Curriculum Work In Progress” for the American Society for Engineering Education and “Social Innovation Through Purpose, Performance and Story” Performing Arts as High Impact Practice for Palgraves Publishing.

Since 2015 he has presented his research and work at the High Aims 2017 Summer Institute (Lets Disrupt the Way We Have Always Done It), Indigo Life Media’s Revolutionist Series (Creating Change and Dreaming Big), Carson Conversations: University of Nebraska Lincoln (Creating Radically Creative New Pedagogy),10th Seminario Internacional de Educacion Integral - Mexico City (The Confidence of Creativity), Kern Entrepreneurial Engineering Network National Conference (What is the Big I-D-A?), Lily Conference on College Teaching (Applied Creativity as Impact Learning for Campus and Community, The Forward Thinking 21st-Century Student: Critical Perspective + Creative Confidence = Innovative Application), Imagining America (Making, Creativity and Community Application), Association of Academic Museums and Galleries (THIRST, CONSUMPTION & FEAR), Ohio PKAL Conference (Arts Nexus for STEM: Developing Creative Problem-Solving in an Inclusive and Divergent Framework), Dayton Pechu Kucha (Developing a College Major Strategy OR a Pechu Kucha That Will Blow Your Mind), PAVE Symposium on Entrepreneurship and the Arts (Meet IACT workshop); as well as numerous University of Dayton engagements.

Mr. LaDuca holds a BFA with Honors in Performance Studies from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign and a BFA in Directing for the Stage and Screen from the Johnny Carson School of Theatre and Film at the University of Nebraska - Lincoln. His professional experience includes work at both his alma mater institutions, University of Notre Dame, Northwestern University, and the University of Chicago.