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Meet our most recent #CMugshot, Andrea Flores! Andrea is a doctoral student researching how Latinx populations in the United States use social media to organize politically and socially.

Prior to UT, she worked in visual effects and animation at Disney, WB Animation and Digital Domain. She’s a board member of Techquería, a national non-profit organization that works to increase the visibility of Latinx in tech, and helped organize the first Startup Weekend: Latinx in Tech Edition.

What’s one thing you’ve been inspired by lately?

I’m insanely inspired by my Techquería Slack community and the discussions I have with other board members. We’re focused on creating meaningful partnerships for our members and our Latinx community overall: whether that’s local Latinx vendors to provide food at our meetups or highlighting Latinx talent at major tech companies, our goal is to show that we’re here and doing some really awesome things.

It’s exciting to be at a point in my life where I have a space where other people look like me. I’ve found a community finally. In the Slack community, there’s somebody there all the time who gets it. It’s helpful for people younger than me who can grow up with this and for the people who are older who finally have it. We want everybody at the table.

What’s one way you feel like you’re weird and how does that inspire you?

I have an encyclopedic knowledge of pop culture. I’ve been surprised with how much I can apply this knowledge to my research. With everything you’re taking in, you never know what’s going to connect back to your work.

Where do you go to get inspired?

My grandparents’ house is my place, my safe place, it’s where everybody gathers. It’s community and warmth and home.

When I’m traveling, it’s bookstores and museums. I have to leave extra room in my suitcase when I go on trips because I always come back with five more books!

Connect with Andrea

CM Profile | Twitter | Instagram

 

April’s global theme INCLUSIVE will be discussed by K. Solomon Masala.

Hosted by Region 13 on Friday, 4/19. Details here.

Say thanks to our partners this month USAA and frog! 

And special thanks to this month’s breakfast partner, Taco Deli for stepping up with their delicious goodness. 

And extra cheers to our coffee partner: Cuvée Coffee!

Do you want to see your business featured among these amazing companies while feeling the love of our creative community? If you want to help support CreativeMornings/Austin financially or in kind, please email us at austin (at) creative mornings (dot) (com).

Can’t get enough of #CMFieldTrips? We’ve got a BONUS one planned for you this month! 

Come join us on a tour behind the scenes of I AM THIS, an immersive VR experience, part of Guayakí Yerba Mate’s month long event series in Austin this April - Come To Life: Austin. RSVP here

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 button on the right hand side of the page.)

“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.)

Let’s go on a field trip!

We’ve got three #CMfieldtrips planned for you this Friday, 4/5. 

Play With Lasers at MakeATX

Join us at MakeATX, a laser cutting studio in the heart of the art scene in East Austin. During our workshop, each FieldTripper will make a small custom project. RSVP.

Collaborative Songwriting: Write a Song with an Industry Pro

Join us at Reset at Nightcap for a workshop led by Mark Epstein, musician and founder of Buildsong. Write a song with your fellow morning people. Musical ability is not required. RSVP

Movement Learning: An Intro to the Feldenkrais Method®

Join practitioner Michelle Drerup at Myo to to learn how to break your movement habits. Together, we’ll experience the Feldenkrais approach to wiring and rewiring your brain for learning, refining, adapting, and innovating. 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 button on the right hand side of the page.)

“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.)

Our global theme for April is inclusive! It was chosen by our Grand Rapids chapter, illustrated by Libby VanderPloeg, and is presented by WordPress.com.

When different people come into our lives, they bring gifts.

We can blend the best of our wisdom with the best of theirs. We can teach and learn from each other to produce closer circles that foster community and commit to diversity.

People who include with intention, raise their hand to do the work of embracing what is unfamiliar.

Inclusion is an attitude to consciously be open to ideas that come from outside of our settled ways of thinking or feeling. It’s about making a decision that comes from a place of love, of caring for others.

When you place inclusivity at the center of how you live, it has great power to heal, elevate new voices, and change the narrative of who belongs. As diversity advocate Vernā Myers once said, “Diversity is being invited to the party. Inclusion is being asked to dance.”

CycleMornings: Sunday Cruises

Join us for some moderate, fun bicycle rides in reparation for the Hill Country Ride for AIDS.

Never more than 15 miles, each ride will end with either a breakfast taco or a breakfast beer! Come explore the neighborhoods of Austin with us and get to know your CreativeMorning neighbors a little bit more!

3/31 East Side Cruise – 12 miles Click here to Register

Easy training; Boggy Creek Trail Ride

Meet-up 8:00; ride-out at 8:30
Friends & Allies Brewery
979 Springdale Rd #124, Austin, TX 78702

Head out for an easy fun ride starting and ending at Friends & Allies Brewery. We will ride through the east Boggy Creek Trail which, is a designated bike trail through the woods! After our ride you are free to leave or welcome to join us for an tasty brew at Friends & Allies. 4/14 TBA

Join our team to stay tuned for when and where these rides will be!


Hill Country Ride for AID’s Joyride Schedule:

Join a Hill Country Joyride and meet new friends from Austin also gearing up for the ride on April 27. These rides will be organized and run by HCRA directly.

3/31 Martindale Ride – 38 miles

Moderate to difficult hill training; The seven sisters will get you ready for ride day

Meet-up 8:00; ride-out at 8:30
Three Rivers Community Church
206 Main St, Martindale, TX 78655

Click here for a pdf of the route, here for access to a MapMyRide file, and here to download a .tcx file (in beta) of the route.

Click here for the Facebook event - a great way to stay in touch for updates, changes due to weather, etc.

4/7 Barton Springs Dip  – 12 or 29 miles

Easy to moderate; 12 and 29 mile routes.

Meet-up at 8:00; ride-out at 8:30
Barton Springs Pool, South Entrance
800 Azie Morton Road, 78704

Click here to check out the official RidewithGPS account - It’ll have all of the latest routes, and downloadable map data for the software of your choice. Accept no substitutes!

Click here for the Facebook event - a great way to stay in touch for updates, changes due to weather, etc.

4/13 Georgetown Cruise – 29 or 41 miles

Moderate; open roads with a few rolling hills

Meet-up 8:00; ride-out at 8:30
Williamson County Annex
301 SE Inner Loop, (at Sneed Dr.), Georgetown 78626

Click here to check out the official RidewithGPS account - It’ll have all of the latest routes, and downloadable map data for the software of your choice. Accept no substitutes!

Click here for the Facebook event - a great way to stay in touch for updates, changes due to weather, etc.

4/20 Mount Gainor Scenic Tour – 20 or 44 miles

Beautiful ride that is most indicative of HCRA

Moderate; open road with rolling hills; SAG & Pit Stop provided

Meet-up 8:00; ride-out at 8:30
Dripping Springs Independent School
501 W. Mercer Street, Dripping Springs 78620

Click here to check out the official RidewithGPS account - It’ll have all of the latest routes, and downloadable map data for the software of your choice. Accept no substitutes!

Click here for the Facebook event - a great way to stay in touch for updates, changes due to weather, etc.

4/27 RIDE DAY!! 13, 26, 45, 65, and 90+ mile routes! Let’s do this!

Click here to join the team or support our fundraising efforts.

March’s global theme WATER will be discussed by Sarah Evans.

Hosted by Reset at Tillery on Friday, 3/29. Details here.

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.

Our global theme for March is WATER.

It was chosen by our Perth chapter and illustrated by Sofia Varano.

It’s the main source of all life. The lifeblood element that makes up 60% of our bodies.

It’s the liquid that we don’t drink enough of, yet waste effortlessly.

It’s home to millions of species, mysteries, and undiscovered knowledge.

We know more about the stars in the sky than the depths of our oceans.

We can use it to save lives. If used foolishly, it can take lives.

We think there is an abundance, yet only one percent can be touched. If we don’t protect our waters, then what will happen to life?

24 Hours of Giving in 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 24 hours to participate in the campaign: from 6pm, February 28 to 6pm, March 1.

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:

YMCA of Austin

The Thinkery

AFS Cinema

UMLAUF Sculpture Garden

ZACH Theatre

Huston-Tillotson University

Texas School for the Deaf

Livestrong

The lead organizer of our CreativeMornings/Quito chapter in Ecuador, Daniela Fuentes Moncada, is the Executive Producer of a powerful, new flim, La Mala Noche, that is coming to SXSW.

And it’s been nominated for the SXSW Gamechanger Award honoring outstanding women filmmakers!

So, make plans to go see it! You can check the SXSW schedule for the film screening locations and times here: https://schedule.sxsw.com/2019/films/2008876

Directed by Gabriela Calvache, La Mala Noche tells the story of a beautiful woman who turns to prostitution. She must surrender her income to the leader of a human trafficking ring, but her daughter’s illness and a drug addiction prevent her from delivering her usual share. An unexpected event will give her the opportunity to stop obeying and take justice into her own hands.

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