John Jay is the global executive creative director for Wieden+Kennedy. In his free time, Jay runs his own company, Studio J. Its latest project: “The Grove,” a proposed blockwide “art hostel” for young global creatives — musicians, filmmakers, artists, designers, hackers — that he’s developing near the front gates of Portland’s old Chinatown with Ace Hotel cofounder Alex Calderwood and Goldsmith Blocks LLC. But the veteran ad man, who’s worked on campaigns for Nike, Uniqlo, and Target, is just getting started. “I consistently try to connect to the greater cultural world,” he says, “in order to help make W+K a catalyst for innovation on a global scale in areas outside of what used to be called advertising.”

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