Day 19 – Marshall L. Shorts Jr.


Marshall L. Shorts

Marshall is an award winning entrepreneur, artist and designer with a passion for creativity. His creative passion is only rivaled by his commitment to being an agent of change for his community, fellow creatives, and entrepreneurs.
He is Founder and Creative-N-Chief of The Artfluential Workshop formerly  Soulo Theory Creative, a design studio that harnesses common cultural denominators of the people they work with through storytelling, art, design, and leveraging technology to create spaces and experiences that help people connect with their audiences.  Since 2010, he has worked with organizations such as Nationwide Insurance, PACT, RAMA Consulting, Columbus Recreation and Parks Department, and more.
In an effort to engage the creative industries more comprehensively, Marshall co-founded Creative Control Fest (CCF) in 2012. CCF is an annual grassroots con-fest aimed at the mutual exchange of resources with creatives of color in the industries of art, design, activism, scholarship and entrepreneurship. The conference focuses on inclusion, exposure, education and opportunities for underrepresented groups in the growing creative and tech industries.
In 2014 Marshall won the Increase CDC small business award in the communications category and co-authored his first book From This Moment On…Personal Reminders for Success At Work, At Play, and In the Shower. In 2016 he gave his first TEDx Columbus talk which was recognized by the National TEDx organization.
Marshall’s passion for growing the creative fields has afforded him the opportunity to speak across the country and to teach at his alma mater, the Columbus College of Art & Design (CCAD). The Cleveland native is a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. and a proud husband and father to his son.
On March 19, Marshall L. Shorts will be giving a lecture on art followed by a brief Q&A.
Sunday, March 19
3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Admission: Free
Venue: Main Library Auditorium / 96 South Grant Avenue, Columbus, OH 43215 / (614) 645-2275

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