8 Venues for Creative Events

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In the great words of “The Shining,” all work and no play can make life, well, a little boring. Especially when work consists of 18-hour days in the same office space and maybe some regularly scheduled conferences in a standard windowless hotel room. If you’re yawning just thinking about it, there is another way to break out of the business norm and inspire your guests so they will want to come to every meeting, and as a result, walk away with new ideas that can increase productivity and lead to more collaborative problem solving.

Just like children who are motivated in weekly art classes and extracurricular activities, adults too can find benefit from being allowed to tap into their hidden creative side. And we’re not talking about those adult coloring books.

Instead, consider holding your next meeting or event in a venue that reeks with creativity. Host a training seminar at a legendary concert venue where bands like Guns ‘N Roses have played, and watch true rock stars emerge from the group. Or, set up a reception in an academy of fine art surrounded by great masterpieces that can provoke critical thinking and become conversation starters. Or, book an event at a zoo and set aside time for attendees to sit with paper and pencil to draw their surroundings, which they can take back to the office with them. These are just a few of the creative options included in this list of our favorite venues where life really becomes art.

Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Philadelphia, PA
Bobby McKey’s Dueling Piano Bar
National Harbor, MD
Arts Club of Washington
Washington, D.C.
Walk In Art Center
Schuylkill Haven, PA
The Belasco Theater
Los Angeles, CA
Vancouver Aquarium Marine Science Centre
Vancouver, BC
Drinkhouse Fire & Ice
Miami Beach, FL
San Francisco Zoo
San Francisco, CA