Da Vinci Days, Reinventing the spirit of creativity

In 2013, Corvallis’ signature summer
festival celebrates 25 years of bringing art, science and technology together.
A variety of family oriented activities — theater, music, demonstrations,
parades, displays and races of outlandish vehicles — have grown to include a
film festival, community art shows and presentations by some of the nation’s
most intriguing scientific minds.

The organization that plans this unique
event is in transition and has begun planning for the next 25 years of the da
Vinci Days Festival. Michael Dalton, chair of the 11-member board of directors,
has led a team of volunteers in organizing this year’s events. The board has a
vision for what da Vinci Days could become as Corvallis and Oregon State
University embark on a period of greater collaboration.

At the June 10 Corvallis City Club,
Dalton will discuss plans for this year’s 25th anniversary festival
and possibilities for the future.

Dalton was a professor and assistant to
the dean for Program and Research Development in the Oregon State University
College of Education from 2001 to 2011. He received his Ph.D. in teacher
education and a master’s in curriculum and instruction from the University of
Oregon. He has specialized in high school education with a focus on innovation
and STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics). 

The meeting will run
from 12 noon to 1:15 p.m. in the Banquet Room of the Renaissance
Building, 136 SW Washington St. Attendance, as always, is free. Lunch is
$8 for members
and $10 for non-members. To save a seat, send email to
by June 6 with “City Club June 10” in the subject line. Please indicate if you want lunch.

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