Over 8 years, CreativeMornings Ottawa has grown significantly and this is because of you—our community.

We have grown through feedback – we know you want CreativeMornings Ottawa to be a platform for diverse voices. We want that too. That’s why we’ve decided to shift our programming for this month to help amplify some of these voices.

We consciously try to ensure that those who take our stage reflect the many unique perspectives and backgrounds that help creativity in Ottawa to thrive. Earlier this year, we made a commitment to supporting BIPOC creatives and speakers. We’ve been in the process of building broader partnerships and platforms so that we can be a part of a sustainable change. Yet there is more to be done.

Why didn’t we shift the conversation earlier? We wanted to continue to focus our efforts on building long-term solutions. We felt that the movement was greater than the moment and thought that it deserved a more thoughtful response than we could develop on short notice. However, it was brought to our attention that reactionary or not, the conversation needed to shift.

We acknowledge this is a small step. But we also want it to act as a promise: That together we will make CreativeMornings Ottawa into a truly creative, inclusive and welcoming space.

We know that there is a lot more to learn as we try to turn CreativeMornings Ottawa into a place that welcomes and amplifies our diversity of voices. Thank you for pushing us to be better.

Your friends,

Maxine, Marwan & the CM Ottawa Team