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May is Reality

Last month was all about risk — and the circumstances and perspectives that exist in order for us to take one. This month, we’re delving deeper into those circumstances and defining our realities. Reality, on the surface, feels so tangible; so concrete. But (to, perhaps cheaply, use a turn of phrase), in reality, it isn’t quite so simple. Our existence is made of several truths, always shifting under our feet.

The theme was chosen by our Belo Horizonte chapter, illustrated by Craig Ward, and presented in partnership with Shutterstock. This month, 141 cities are tackling the elusiveness of reality (or maybe just giving us a good, old-fashioned reality check) at breakfast events with speakers including:

  • Melizarani T.Selva, a spoken word poet and storyteller curious in cultural taboos and identity (Kuala Lumpur, their first event!)
  • Dr. Susan Cernyak-Spatz, a Holocaust survivor of Birkenau, a woman’s camp in Auschwitz (Charlotte)
  • Angad Bhalla, an interactive storyteller who uses film to call attention to voices we rarely hear (New York City)
  • Shachi Kurl, a public policy analyst working to encourage a better understanding of how trends and issues affect our lives (Vancouver)

Find an event near you!

Chapters continue adding events on this page throughout the month, so we recommend you sign up for your city’s local newsletter or follow them on Twitter for event updates and ticket announcements. And be sure to follow the conversation on Twitter and Instagram with #CMreality and @creativemorning!


With more than 80 million photos, vectors, illustrations, videos and music clips—and thousands more added daily, Shutterstock provides the building blocks for great creative work. Together with CreativeMornings, Shutterstock supports conversation, community, and professional development for creative people worldwide. Shutterstock also offers 20% off standard accounts to the entire CreativeMornings community. They also have some thoughts on alternative realities, so be sure to check out their own blogpost about the theme.

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