Design Thinking in Art and Hospitality

Join celebrated local cultural producers Elizabeth Leach and Thom Walters at the new Canopy Portland Pearl District Hotel for an evening discussion about design thinking in art and hospitality. Elizabeth has curated art for hotels throughout Portland, and works closely with Canopy on its art collection in its various spaces, including Canopy’s rotating gallery. Both she and Thom will share how creating and curating art in the hospitality space globally, across mediums, provides an opportunity for local expression while fostering desired moods for future guests.

Our panelists: For 38 years, Elizabeth Leach Gallery has presented prominent Northwest and internationally established artists working in a wide variety of contemporary media. The gallery's mission is to create a dynamic dialogue between the local community and the global art world.

Thom Walters straddles the disciplines of science and design thinking. On the science side, he is a behavioral strategist who identifies and interprets the cultural and behavioral dynamics of both the organization and their consumer cultures. On the design thinking side, he helps develop the strategy and lead the approach for navigating and implementing organizational innovation. He’s worked extensively in brand and consumer strategy with a passion for the hospitality industry.

Opening Reception: 5:30-6 Talk: 6-7 Closing Reception: 7-7:30


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Tuesday, April 9, 2019


Canopy Hotel Portland Pearl


Canopy Hotel Portland Pearl with Elizabeth Leach

A collaborative event with Elizabeth Leach Gallery at Canopy Hotel Portland Pearl.