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About Us

Creativity NEXT is the cornerstone event hosted by a not-for-profit community arts organization, the Wilson Area Arts Council, or WAAC. We are a small but mighty team building an event that we hope will grow and inspire many young people in Portland and beyond! More info about our non-profit can be found at wilsonarts.org

Creativity NEXT Core Leadership Team

KEITH CRAWFORD has been a designer for over 20 years, including as a VP Design/Creative Director for the Jordan Brand and Nike. In addition to his work at Nike, Keith spent three years as design director at Anomaly London where he led projects for clients like Converse, Sony, Skype and Diesel. Keith enjoys traveling, seeing new parts of the world, and spending time with his friends and family.


LIZ GARNAND is a Marketing VP of Ultra Inc., a technology startup. She has been on the Wilson Area Arts Council board since 2007, and has successfully created and led many initiatives to strengthen arts in education in SW Portland. Liz is an artist as a hobby, taught art as a volunteer to K-8 students for over nine years, and enjoys tapping into the right side of her brain in her marketing career.


JULES MOORHOUSE is the Artistic Director for Portland Youth Performance Academy.  For the past eight years, she has served as the artistic director for the theatre program at Robert Gray Middle School, and has since expanded this program to other schools. She carries a strong passion for helping our youth discover and develop their creative voice and has worked with more than 2,500 students as part of her cast or theatrical production team.