Photo Release -- Renaissance Hotels and The Creative Coalition Launch of "The Art of Discovery" Photographed by Jeff Vespa, Edited by Robin Bronk, Designed and Art Directed by Nancy Rouemy

NEW YORK, Oct. 14, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- In a world where we're pressed for time and inspiration, moments of discovery have become a most precious gift. Today, The Creative Coalition and Renaissance Hotels join forces to encourage consumers to think about their own personal moments of discovery with the official launch of the new book, "The Art of Discovery." The literary and photographic project beautifully captures that singular moment in time that can act as a personal muse, featuring 100 beloved celebrity portraits shot by renowned photographer Jeff Vespa accompanied by insightful stories edited by The Creative Coalition's CEO Robin Bronk. "The Art of Discovery" design and art direction were created by typographer and award-winning art director Nancy Rouemy of We Live Type Ltd.

Renaissance Hotels & The Creative Coalition launch "The Art of Discovery."

Renaissance Hotels & The Creative Coalition launch "The Art of Discovery."

Renaissance Hotels & The Creative Coalition launch "The Art of Discovery."

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Available on, the book takes readers on a journey from Jane Lynch's very first stage debut to Kurt Russell revealing the most sacred details of the first few hours of his newborn son's life. "The Art of Discovery" is a collection of revelations from the world's most beloved artists and entertainers who share the most heartwarming moments of their lives. Other featured luminaries include actor and President of The Creative Coalition Tim Daly, Adam Driver, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Jonathan Groff, Ethan Hawke, Anna Kendrick, Jared Leto, John Leguizamo, Jeremy Renner, Seth Rogen, Mark Ruffalo, Gabourey Sidibe, Kristen Stewart, Naomi Watts, Forest Whitaker, Shailene Woodley, and others.

"After months of carefully curating thousands of stills and hours of inspirational storytelling, we are proud to debut this powerful piece," said Robin Bronk, editor of the book and CEO of The Creative Coalition, the premier nonprofit, nonpartisan social and public advocacy organization of the arts and entertainment community. "The Creative Coalition found an ideal sponsor in discovery with Renaissance Hotels, and it is our hope that this book, full of deeply personal stories – many that have never been revealed publicly – will encourage readers in their own pursuit of discovery."

The book, published by Rizzoli, is available now on will be celebrated at a star-studded gala tonight at Marquee in New York City. A portion of book sales will go to support the arts education advocacy programs of The Creative Coalition.

"It's incredible to think of how the creative arts – music, photography, film, and more – can be so poignant in our lives, whether we're actors, artists or business-traveling road warriors," said Toni Stoeckl, vice president of lifestyle brands for Marriott International, Inc. "Renaissance Hotels invested in this project as part of our ongoing brand promise to 'Live Life to Discover.' Just like today's next-generation lifestyle business traveler hopes to make time to discover even when on the road, we hope to inspire our guests to ignite their own curiosity and make discoveries through the arts as they canvas the globe."

"The Art of Discovery" book is available for $45.00 USD at major book retailers, as well as online via For more information please visit or

Capture Your Personal Moment of Discovery

This fall, The Creative Coalition and Renaissance Hotels proudly invite consumers to share their personal stories of inspiration for a chance to win an "Art of Discovery" experience of their own. One lucky winner and a guest will travel to Southern California for a stay at the Renaissance Indian Wells Resort & Spa and an exclusive photo shoot with celebrity photographer Jeff Vespa, capturing their very own moment of discovery.

Share your moment of discovery at and online via #ArtofDiscovery.


Renaissance Hotels encourages guests to Live Life to Discover(SM) at 157 hotels in 35 countries around the world. Each hotel is unique and every stay offers an opportunity to explore local discoveries exclusive to the destination. At every hotel, Renaissance Navigators are local experts ready to assist guests in discovering local flavors and activities. Renaissance entertainment events are designed to showcase emerging talent in music, the arts, culinary and more to inspire discovery. R.E.N. Meetings offers groups an experience beyond a traditional meeting rooted in creative sensory meeting design, networking events and custom curated local Navigator excursions. At Renaissance Hotels, we work to ensure that every trip is transformed into an eye-opening, unforgettable journey. You spend your life working; you should discover the world as you go. To discover more visit Like us on Facebook Follow us on Twitter Explore with us on


Jeff Vespa is a photographer and the CEO and founder of Verge. He is also one of the cofounders of WireImage, the largest entertainment photo agency in the world. He was previously the editor-at-large for and the West Coast special projects editor of Los Angeles Confidential magazine. Robin Bronk is an author and CEO of The Creative Coalition. She is a frequent speaker on the role of entertainment in advocacy and has been featured in The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, International Herald Tribune, Los Angeles Times, People, Boston Globe, The Washington Post; and is a guest commentator on CNN, MSNBC, CNBC, NPR, PBS, Fox and other broadcast outlets. Ms. Bronk is a contributor to The Huffington Post, has edited two other books, "Art & Soul" and "If You Had Five Minutes With the President," and pens a weekly "Five Minutes..." column for The Hill newspaper. "The Art of Discovery" is designed by typographer and award-winning art director Nancy Rouemy.


The Creative Coalition is the premier nonprofit, 501(c)(3) nonpartisan charity of the arts and entertainment community. Founded in 1989 by prominent members of the creative community, The Creative Coalition is dedicated to educating, mobilizing, and activating its members on issues of public importance. The Creative Coalition uses the power and platform of the arts and entertainment communities in award-winning public service and advocacy campaigns. Actor Tim Daly serves as the organization's president.


Rizzoli International Publications, Inc. is a wholly owned subsidiary of Italian communications giant RCS Media Group. Rizzoli began its publishing operation in 1974 and has since become an industry leader in the fields of art, architecture, interior design, photography, haute couture, and gastronomy. In 1990 the Universe imprint was added, marking Rizzoli's entrée into the pop-culture worlds of humor, fashion, beauty, sports, performing arts, and gay and alternative lifestyles. Universe also publishes economical versions of Rizzoli books, and it is under the Universe imprint that the company publishes its highly successful calendar program. In 2008 a new imprint for the house was established called Skira Rizzoli, with the goal of expanding the company's presence in museum-related publishing, and in 2011, Rizzoli established Ex Libris, an imprint dedicated to publishing up-market literary fiction and nonfiction with a transatlantic character.

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CONTACT: Media Contacts: Renaissance Hotels Verona Carter / 786-470-3434 Kelly McKenna / 212-445-8380 The Creative Coalition Allison Risbridger / 646-717-9912 Vespa Pictures Jessie Cohen / 415-623-0150

Source:Marriott International, Inc.