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Staff Senate Launches Employee Creativity and Innovation Showcase

LEXINGTON, Ky (Dec. 15, 2020)  The University of Kentucky Staff Senate Employee Engagement Committee is launching a university-wide creativity and innovation showcase that will run in several installments throughout the year. The first showcase will be live in mid-January. Submissions for the first showcase are being accepted until Jan. 11, 2021.

The Employee Engagement Committee developed this program after significant requests to build community through creative outlets. The showcase will cycle throughout the year, offering multiple opportunities for university employees to express their creative and innovative endeavors.

The showcase’s intention is to highlight creative and innovative thought in any form: fine art, poetry, gardening, paper mâché, home organization, lawn mowing in interesting patterns, dog tricks, nail art, makeup, photography and more. It is designed to encourage connection through shared creative hobbies and interests.

The showcase is noncompetitive, and submissions will be hosted on the Staff Senate website.

Submissions for the January 2021 Creativity and Innovation Showcase must be submitted via Microsoft Forms no later than Jan. 11. The submission form can be found online here. The showcase will be live for viewing in mid- to late-January 2021.

For more information about the Employee Engagement Creativity and Innovation Showcase, contact Olivia Ellis (

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