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raghava-headshotRaghava KK, named by CNN as one of the 10 most remarkable people of 2010, sparked an inspiring exchange of ideas among students during his visit to MIAD September 20.

The multidisciplinary artist and storyteller is known for taking his practice beyond the gallery space to revolutionize the world of creativity, education and entrepreneurship.

“Art is entrepreneurial,” he told freshmen in their Understanding the Visual course. “You are selling a vision – what you believe in – even to yourself.”

According to his biography, in 2011, his “iPad book ‘Pop-it’ shook up the concept of the ideal family and won a Kirkus Book Award for Best of 2011.”

raghava-tweet-web“He is actively involved in a radical education initiative, NuVu Studios, an offshoot of Harvard and MIT, to redefine creativity in education.”

The four-time TED speaker, and worldwide lecturer, most recently on brainwave art and collaborative curating, also visited juniors in MIAD’s Service Learning course “The Artist as Compassionate Global Citizen.”

Raghava visit Milwaukee for the premiere of the Skylight Music Theatre’s unique staging of Beethoven’s Fidelio, whose sets he designed. Nirupama Rao, India’s ambassador to the United States, attended the premier at the Skylight, which is one block from MIAD.raghava-kk-pop-it-web

His visit to MIAD was courtesy of MIAD Board Chair Madeleine Kelly Lubar and her husband, David Lubar, founders of the MIAD Creativity Series and annual scholarship benefit, Creative Fusion, slated for May 3, 2014.

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