Creative Imperatives

2019 Festival

“Freedom, in any case, is only possible by constantly struggling for it.” -Albert Einstein

“Freedom is nothing else but a chance to be better.” -Albert Camus

“Tame birds sing of freedom. Wild birds fly”. -John Lennon


Welcome back to Creative Imperatives.  We are delighted to have you join us for the 2019 festival:  FREEDOM UNBOUND- The Power of the Arts.  Whether those liberties relate to speech or self, here or abroad, this year’s festival will showcase expressions of freedom in all of its meanings and manifestations.

Our inclusive festival will feature the return of many contributors in Art, Music, and Theatre Arts, plus welcome new events brought to us by colleagues in Global Languages and Cultures, English, Educational Studies, and Political Science and Public Administration, illustrating the connectedness of the Arts and seemingly unrelated disciplines. We are also delighted to welcome an exciting series of guests: visual and multimedia artist Sawsan AlSaraf,  Sarah Bellamy—Artistic Director of Penumbra Theater Company in Minneapolis, Minnesota, Pianist Dr. Brendan Kinsella, percussionist and scholar Dr. Marja Kerney and musicologist Andrea Fowler.

Please join us on Sunday March 3 through Tuesday March 5 for this year’s series of presentations, discussions, workshops, and performances.  This year’s festival promises to challenge, excite, delight and maybe even ignite, but above all, it will set you free!

Please use the "SCHEDULE OF EVENTS" link to visit a sortable overview of this year's festival.


Creative Imperatives events are free and open to the public. The Creative Imperatives festival has been possible through the support of the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse College of Liberal Studies.


Creative Imperatives has been established to:

  • Promote the creative/scholarly works of faculty, students, and staff in the School of Arts and Communication at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse.
  • Invigorate dialogue about arts and communication with regionally, nationally, and internationally renowned artists and scholars.
  • Showcase innovative and thought-provoking performances, presentations, lectures, and exhibitions for the greater La Crosse and University communities.