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May’s global theme is COMMITMENT.

Commitment was chosen by our Vienna chapter and illustrated by Florine Glück. Thank you to our global partners MailChimp, Adobe, and WordPress.com for their ongoing support of the CreativeMornings community. 

A commitment is a promise to show up whether you’re having a good or bad day.It’s a behavior and mindset that signifies the posture of a professional. It’s about saying yes with your whole heart.

A creative life is built on the commitments you make to projects and people. It can feel like a leap of faith. But is that not the very essence of leading a creative life?

April’s global theme GAME will be discussed by Laura Seargeant Richardson.

Hosted at AFS Cinema on Friday, 4/27. Details here.

Don’t forget to say thanks to our coffee partner this month: Cuvée Coffee.

April’s theme is GAME presented by our global partner MailChimp

This month’s global exploration of Game was chosen by our Liège chapter and illustrated by Jeffrey Phillips.Throughout human history, games were about winning or losing.Author James P. Carse extends this concept beautifully in Finite and Infinite Games: “A finite game is played for the purpose of winning, an infinite game for the purpose of continuing the play.”Which game are you playing with your art?It’s a question worth asking everyday. Is this decision, this attitude, sending you down a short game or long game? The same energy that we spend chasing rewards and likes can be refocused to loving our craft and shipping our best work.Keep your eyes on the journey, not the prize.

Support these friends of CreativeMornings/Austin

Amplify ATX is a 24-hour fundraising campaign through I Live Here, I Give Here. We found selected charities that we’ve featured in our past events, and consolidated the list for you below. 

Hurry! You only have until 6pm today, March 2, to participate in the campaign.


Past Speakers:

If you were moved by Paul Scott’s talk on “Survival” you can give to AIDS Services of Austin

If you enjoyed Antonio Delgado’s talk on “Robot” you can give to Science in a Suitcase.

If you enjoyed Carlton Wilcoxson’s talk on “Moments” you can give to E4 Youth, where he sits on the board.

If you were moved by Alan Graham’s talk on “Fantasy” you can give to Community First! & it’s parent charity, Mobile Loaves & Fishes.

If you were moved by Darden Smith’s talk on “Collaborate” you can give to his organization Songwriting with: Soldiers.

If you were moved by Katie Ford’s talk on “Freedom” you can give to Truth Be Told, where she serves as Executive Director.


Past Venues:

These past venues have generously hosted #CMATX events and are very deserving of your contributions:

The Thinkery

AFS Cinema

UMLAUF Sculpture Garden

The Long Center

Huston-Tillotson University

Texas School for the Deaf

Livestrong

March’s global theme is COURAGE!

When researching or writing about courage, other traits fall into the mix: risk, vulnerability, curiosity, empathy, and action. It seems, then, that courage has nothing to do with your title or level of expertise. It’s not for the few or the gifted. It’s an act of humanity, of choosing to take an action that is risky because it demands vulnerability and curiosity.Courage has no specific form and knows no bounds. From starting a side project to the act of listening when you would rather interject, every day we are wrapped in opportunities to exercise courage. We need your courage. It’s going to be risky and will require vulnerability. A posture of empathy and curiosity will empower you. And above all, you must take action.

The theme of Courage was chosen by our Oakland chapter and illustrated by Annie Wong. This month is presented by our global partner WordPress.com

February’s global theme is Curiosity!Curiosity is many things—a trait, a mindset, and a skill. To wonder about the things you don’t know and to actively fill those gaps with knowledge is to consciously enrich your life.
It’s also the secret sauce for creativity. Curiosity silences ego and encourages us to ask why. By constantly asking why we keep the channel open, allowing inspiration, perspectives, and ideas to mold our work and ourselves.
The more you practice being curious the more opportunities abound. Sometimes all it takes is tilting your head up and just marveling at this thing called life.
This month’s global exploration of Curiosity was chosen by our Malmö chapter and illustrated by Oelwein.

January’s global theme ANXIETY will be discussed by Melanie Weinberger.

Hosted by our partner this month: WeWork at The Domain on Friday, 1/26. Details here.

And special thanks to our coffee partner Cuvée Coffee.

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