September’s Theme is Compassion
Compassion is a pause button that reminds us of a fundamental truth: we’re all stumbling and nobody has it figured out. The best part about compassion is that it’s a learned trait—unlike your height or eye color—and the more we practice accepting others the sooner the easier it becomes to accept ourselves.When this is at the forefront of our minds, we give people a chance to show up and be seen. When in doubt, the answer is compassion.This month’s global exploration of Compassion is chosen by our Helsinki chapter, illustrated by Sami Viljanto, and presented by Shutterstock.
July’s theme is EQUALITY
We imagine a world where we’re seen and heard, respected and valued, not for our appearance and privilege, but for our work and character. A world where anyone, anywhere, has equal access to opportunities and resources to become the person they dream about. The formula for equality is a work in progress, and this work is not done from the few with power but rather through the power of community.
Equality is harmony. Harmony isn’t achieved through one instrument; it’s a collaboration, a symphony of sounds that adds richness and texture to the bigger picture. The pursuit of equality is a long-term game, an unraveling of outdated processes that no longer serves the future we imagine or deserve.
Adobe Creative Residency Partnership
What could you do in a year if you were fully supported? Imagine pursuing any project you desire, a space to talk about your process, with full support. What project would you work on?
The Adobe Creative Residency empowers talented individuals to spend a year focusing on a personal creative project, while sharing their experience and process with the creative community. Adobe provides Residents with access to the best creative tools and resources, along with guidance from advisors and a full salary package.
Learn more about the program here: http://adobe.ly/1VXWfdv
May’s theme is SEPRENDIPITY
April’s theme is BEYOND
We are tempted by the possibilities of the beyond. Whether it’s deep space, the range of our talents, or a first date, our minds conjure stories that carry us aloft.
This unwavering, deep-seated determination to go far and wide is the fire that which keeps us alive, always marching forward, determined to lift the veils that are hiding unfounded beauty.
What a trait to embody. Without the urge to go beyond perceived limitations or boundaries, we would be a dull, stagnating species indeed. The price to go beyond anything is never free; we’re called to face our fears, and the reward of reaching that next level is the privilege to do it again.
Meet the illustrator for Taboo
“Taboo for me is defined within culture. Depending what culture you’re in, or what vision you support; religious, geographically or environmental. And it is often based on the lack of acceptance.”
March’s theme is Taboo
Taboos are a social glue that makes life livable wherever we go.
We invent the reasonings that, over time, coalesce to create the societal fabric of norms, permissions, and prohibitions. Cutting in line or stealing from your neighbor is wrong, which makes a good status quo.
While many taboos keeps the world spinning, there are many rusty ones that are delaying it from evolving. And although we’re hardwired to stand before the edge of taboo, there are others who have gone over it.
February’s theme is Moments!
We tend to measure our lives by days or years, but what we seek in our dreams and cherish in memory are the moments that define us.Think of moments, not as a page in a book, but that one highlighted sentence in a sea of letters. With a surgeon’s precision, you can point at defining moments that altered the trajectory of your life. The challenge of our times is not to chase after moments, but learning to embrace the one we have right now and do well with it.The theme was chosen by our Montréal chapter and illustrated by Patrick Seymour.
Meet the illustrator for #CMmystery
“Moments for me is to do the right thing one step at the time. That’s what I tried to express in the monthly illustration. Each moment is important and when you do the best that you can, the moment is finished—you check it and you move onto the next.”
The hashtag of the month is #CMmoments.
January’s theme is Mystery!
We are comforted by certainty and seek it frantically like a child that lost sight of their parents. But as the astrophysicist Marcelo Gleiser said in The Island of Knowledge, “We strive toward knowledge, always more knowledge, but must understand that we are, and will remain, surrounded by mystery.”
Indeed, gaze at the stars, at old traditions, or ponder the modern behaviors encouraged by technology, and you might have trouble understanding or explaining it. By engaging with mystery the way we flip through a new book, we allow our lives to expand.
The theme was chosen by our Houston chapter and illustrated by Joseph Alessio. This month in 160+ cities around the world, we’ll learn how creatives from various backgrounds dance with mystery and infuse it into their lives.
CreativeMornings Berlin is on January 13 with painter & performance artist Vera Kochubey.
Apply now for Adobe’s Creative Residency
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It’s easy to generate ideas, but the real work is in creating and shipping those ideas.
What if you were held accountable for those big ideas? What if you were supported by a creative community with a space to talk about your process, tools, resources and mentors? What project would you work on?
The Adobe Creative Residency gives talented individuals the opportunity to spend a year working on a personal creative project, while sharing their experience and process with the creative community. Adobe provides Residents with access to the best creative tools and resources, along with guidance from advisors and a full salary package.
In return, you will proactively create compelling work, while sharing your process, insights and inspiration with the community along the way.
Adobe is accepting applications in January 2017 and the residency year will start in May.
You can start your application here.