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Our global theme for February is SYMMETRY. It was chosen by our Saint Petersburg chapter, illustrated by Anna Fadeeva, and is presented by Mailchimp.

What do a planet, an attractive face, and a snowflake have in a common? Symmetry.

Symmetry is prevalent throughout life. You can fold a sunflower in half, stories have an arc, and the human body can bend and create mesmerizing shapes. There are also irregularities that enhances life; it adds beauty and complexity. If there’s symmetry in nature, then there must be a kind of symmetry in the way we lead our lives.

Symmetry cannot be possible without asymmetry, the same way sadness magnifies joy.

Alan Lightman wrote in The Accidental Universe, “I would claim that symmetry represents order, and we crave order in this strange universe we find ourselves in.” But chaos will happen whether we like it or not, it’s how we respond to it that either creates order or more chaos.

When in chaos, create your symmetry.

Let’s go on a field trip!
We’ve got two #CMfieldtrips planned for you this Friday 2/1.

Tree to Table

Join us at Berdoll Sawmill for a behind-the-scenes look into processing reclaimed, native Texas hardwood logs into large, natural edge slabs and furniture grade lumber. We’ll experience the entire tree to table process. RSVP

The RFP Process for Independent Creatives

Jump into responding to an RFP (Request for Proposal) as an  independent creative, side-hustler, or solopreneur. Join us at Red Velvet Events to gain a better idea of how to win more creative business. RSVP

Big thanks to our #CMfieldtrips coffee partner: Chameleon Cold Brew.

Want to host a FieldTrip? Apply here.

Want to be one of the first to find out about next month’s FieldTrips? You should subscribe to our newsletter. (Look for the signup link on the right hand side.)

“Hey, what a minute, what are FieldTrips?”

#CMfieldtrips are a monthly series of small group discussions, tours, or workshops held to spread the creative magic happening around Austin. Space is limited to facilitate open conversation and new connections, so you must RSVP via our site to attend. Most of our FieldTrips are free, but we may ask for a suggested donation to cover materials for some of them.

(Each month, we give folks who were on the waitlist of our most recent talk a two-hour head start to register. And then they open up to the rest of our #CMATX community.)

January’s global theme SURREAL will be discussed by Jack Darling. 

Hosted at AFS Cinema on Friday, 1/21. Details here.

special thanks to our partner this month: Freestyle Language Center.

And cheers to our coffee partner: Cuvée Coffee!

Does your company want to help support CreativeMornings/Austin and feel the love from our community? Email us at austin (at) creative mornings (dot) (com) please.

January’s global theme is SURREAL

When you look at the artwork of Frida Kahlo or Salvador Dalí, there’s an element of surprise. Why does it feel familiar yet also otherworldly?

Surrealists sought to break free from the shackles of the rational mind and dive into the deep end of the unconscious. The canvas, then, became a mirror for what emerged out of that process. This movement was inspired by events in the 1920s on the heels of the first world war and continues to influence artists, writers, photographers, and filmmakers. This cultural and artistic movement ushered in new techniques that helped humans expand their minds.

Today, we recognize a sense of the surreal in unexpected moments in daily life. Art exhibits like Yayoi Kusama’s Infinity Room are becoming readily available, encouraging people to immerse themselves in experiences that break reality. A ballet performance or a silent meditation retreat can be a dreamlike experience.

Whether we experience a surreal moment or dabble in processes like drawing without thinking or writing without self-editing, there’s something to be learned about ourselves and what lingers under the hood of our desires to keep life orderly and controlled.

Happy New Year! Our Brussels chapter chose this month’s exploration of Surreal and Charlotte Dumortier illustrated the theme. SURREAL is presented globally this month by WordPress.com.

What are FieldTrips?

FieldTrips are intentionally small, free* interactive events for Austin’s creative community. From workshops to walking tours, we’ve hosted dozens of engaging events all over Austin. It’s a chance for attendees to experience, learn, and engage with a group smaller than our signature talks.

*Most of our FieldTrips are free, but we may ask for a suggested donation to cover materials for some of them.

Who Attends FieldTrips?

Anyone with a CreativeMornings profile can register to attend. Each month, we give folks who were on the waitlist of our most recent talk a two-hour head start to register. And then they open up to the rest of our #CMATX community.

When are FieldTrips?

There are usually several FieldTrips scheduled on the first Friday of every month (except March and December). They are schedued simultaneously to allow more people to attend.

Registration and Attendance Policy

Please only register for one event. If you need to add your name to a wait list, you may add it to multiple wait lists, but if you register for multiple events on the same day and time, please release your tickets for all but one.

If you are registered, you must attend, or release your ticket 24 hours prior to an event. Remember, registration is intentionally small, so we count on people to attend or release their tickets. No shows forfeit their right to attend a FieldTrip in the following month.

Coffee FTW

Big thanks to our #CMfieldtrips coffee partner: Chameleon Cold Brew.

Want to host a FieldTrip?

Apply here.

Want to be one of the first to find out about next month’s FieldTrips? You should subscribe to our newsletter. (Look for the signup link on the right hand side.)

Make a year-end gift to any of these friends of #CMATX

To help you end the year on a positive note, we’ve put together this list of organizations who have supported CreativeMornings/Austin in the past.
If you want the tax benefits of making a charitable contribution, you need to do so before the end of the calendar year.* 

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! and 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.

If you were inspired by Stephanie Herrera’s talk on “Community” you can give to PepUpTech.

If you were motivated by Jane Claude Harvey’s talk on “Taboo” you can give to BossBabesATX.

The following venues have generously hosted #CMATX events and are also  deserving of your support:

The Thinkery

Austin Film Society - AFS Cinema

UMLAUF Sculpture Garden

The Long Center

Huston-Tillotson University

Texas School for the Deaf

Livestrong

Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center

* Note: do not rely on us for tax advice. Please consult your accountant or preferred tax professional. Also please check with the organization to confirm their tax-exempt status before claiming any deduction on your income tax. 

December’s global theme of TRADITION will be discussed by Jennifer Perkins. We’re also breaking with one of our traditions to give you a chance to step behind the podium. 

We’ll be hosted by YMCA North Austin on December 14. Details here.  

Special thanks to our partner this month: Pentagram.

And cheers to our coffee partner: Cuvée Coffee.

Does your company want to help support Austin’s creative community? Email us at austin (at) creative mornings (dot) (com) to learn about partnership opportunities.

Our global theme for December is TRADITION.

Traditions are sacred because they cultivate consistency and a sense of belonging. It’s the bread and butter for fostering connection and community.

We’re in a time where traditions are being challenged and remixed. We question how they came to be and the context in how (or if) they fit into the future.

“This is just the way it is” is a statement of fear, not possibility. It undermines the human capacity to adapt and create change. Traditions are made by us, for us, so therefore they can be reinvented with intention and imagination.

You may not start the next national holiday, but you can bring to the table your generosity, your kindness, your vision and heart to create a more welcoming future.

Our last 2018 global theme TRADITION was chosen by our Barranquilla chapter and illustrated by Andrés M. Felfle.

November’s global theme RESTART will be discussed by Ashland Viscosi. Hosted at Gold Rush Vinyl on Friday, 11/30. Details here.

Cheers to our coffee partner: Cuvée Coffee!

And special thanks to our partner this month: Spredfast.

We’re looking for an additional partner this month to help cover the cost of chair rental and breakfast tacos. 

Does your company want to help support CreativeMornings/Austin and feel the love from our community? Email us at austin (at) creative mornings (dot) (com) please. 

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