Erik M. Clemons
CEO & President, CT Center for Arts & Technology

Erik Clemons is the founding CEO and President of the Connecticut Center for Arts and Technology (ConnCAT), a non-profit organization based dedicated to creating empowering arts based educational environments for at-risk public school students and training programs for under and unemployed adults. April 2017, ConnCAT will be opening the 55-seat Orchid Café; a social enterprise whose revenue will help sustain the newly opened (2016) ConnCAT Culinary Arts Academy.

Erik is an Education Fellow at Pahara-Aspen Institute, member of CT State Board of Education, Board of Director at, New Haven Housing Authority (Board Chairman), CT Voices for Children, Community Healing Network, Elm City Market, and Promising Scholars, Inc.

Erik has a BS (Sociology); Southern Connecticut State University, MA (Theology and Ethics); Hartford Seminary, Hartford, CT

Saturday Keynote: “When the Profane Became Sacred”

Our approach to partnership depends on our own experiences and interactions with others within our communities. Creating these “values based partnerships” was at the center of the development of the Connecticut Center for Arts and Technology by Mr. Clemons. Hear the story of how two major happenings in his life transformed poverty, trauma, and mental illness into courage, hope, and love.