Giant Monopoly, Unique Inventions Highlight Creativity and Innovation Week at GCC

Second Annual Event Celebrates Da Vinci's Birthday

Batavia, NY- It’s known as tax day to most Americans, but April 15 marks a date of historical significance which will be celebrated at Genesee Community College: Leonardo Da Vinci’s birthday. To mark the occasion, GCC will host the 2nd Annual Creativity and Innovation Week from April 15 – 19, 2013. The event includes a Giant Monopoly game measuring 50 feet by 50 feet, which would set a new record as the world’s largest.

Born April 15, 1452 near Florence, Italy, Da Vinci is famous for his paintings “Mona Lisa” and “The Last Supper,” but his interests and knowledge extended far beyond art. A scientist, architect, and engineer, Da Vinci was a genius with a curious mind who explored many subjects. In deference to Da Vinci’s many interests, GCC will host a variety of events all week long. Some of the featured events include:

•Tuesday, April 16 12:30- 2:00 p.m. (Common Hour) ~ Junk Invention Day in the cafeteria; teams compete for prizes

•Thursday, April 18 3:30 p.m.~ Giant Monopoly Board Game in the Gym

•Thursday, April 18 12:30-2:00 p.m. (Common Hour) ~ Elevator Pitch Competition; winner receives cash prize

“Our CEO Club on campus is sponsoring several events,” said organizer Lina LaMattina director of Business Skills Training at The BEST Center at GCC. “We’re also working on a group creation of a 3-D banner about what creativity looks like. We want to stretch our minds and expose ourselves and our students to new ways of looking at things, just as Da Vinci did.”

For more information, contact Marketing Communications Associate Director Donna Rae Sutherland at (585) 343-0055 ext. 6616, or via email:

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