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July 13, 8:30am • Shakespeare in Delaware Park • part of a series on Intention

Welcome to our Buffalo Is Creative Changemaker of the Month of May 2018, celebrating the inspiring organizations working hard to make Buffalo better.

We’re happy to share the story of Starlight Studio & Art Gallery, a cooperative environment that supports adults with disabilities in their artistic development. Through technical assistance by professional artists, on-site and off-site exhibitions and other opportunities for representation and sales, the Starlight artists hone their artistic interests, become stronger advocates and better integrated citizens.

Hear more from Carrie Marcotte, Director of Starlight: 

Welcome to our Morning Person interview series, introducing stellar members of our CMbuf community. Make sure to update your profile for an opportunity to be featured on our blog, newsletter and social media accounts!

This month we’re happy to share an interview with Emma Brittain, a Ceramics Instructor at Locust Street Community Art Center in Buffalo, NY.


What is your special creative force?

I am an achingly empathetic person. I don’t like shallow social interactions and platitudes. My soul needs the acknowledgement of suffering and I also have an unyielding need to be a witness for beauty. That drive to be a witness for both pain and beauty ends up being a special creative force for me. When I can combine my knowledge of the deep truth with a surrender to the deep beauty of life and create art from that place it is profound.

In the spirit of June 2018’s theme, CMcraft, can you share an anecdote about how you work on improving your craft everyday? 

I think the biggest thing I do throughout my everyday life is cycle back to the question “What gives me life?. I’m constantly trying to recenter myself on the things I love. But I hold that in tension with trying to secure myself into a schedule. So I make time to look at birds and lie in my hammock but I also force myself to sit in my dusty studio on sunny days because I need both freedom and structure.

What project are you working on right now that we should all know about?

Right now I’m putting together a body of work based on the children of Buffalo and positive representation of minorities. I hope to include pastel drawings and ceramic pieces to show traditionally but also I plan on making clip art, coloring pages, and stickers. My goal is to spread both the deep truth and beauty of kids who are underrepresented in our media.

Where in Buffalo do you go to be most inspired?

My places of inspiration change but that revolves around where I can find the most natural, authentic feeling of what it means to be human. So I greatly enjoy Tifft Nature Preserve and Delaware Park where I can connect to the Earth. But I also am deeply moved by interacting with children and relearning how to live from them. My work at Peace of the City Ministries and at Locust Street Community Art Classes has given me much of that.

Thank you, Emma!

The June 2018 theme is CRAFT.A craft is the instrument in which the authenticity of your being is communicated. Your craft is like a portal to your inner world, and as an artist, it’s your duty to pull it out of the vortex. Craft is a catalyst for our identity and the soil for cultivating meaning. It behooves us to realize that who we are and become—our values, beliefs, thoughts, observations—influence what comes out of the violin, sketch, or photograph, not the other way around. This month’s global exploration of Craft was chosen by our Mumbai chapter, illustrated by Hemali Vadalia, and presented by Adobe

We’ll look forward to seeing you at our event on June 8th. Learn more here.

Meet Nick Kaczmarek, our featured teammate of the month! He answered some very important questions for us, so next time you see him at an event, you’ll be able to share if you indeed know the answer to #8. Thanks for all you do, Nick, to share our events with the global community. 

1. Dog or cat? That’s hard… I really want to say dog, but I think I’d be lying. Cat.

2. Phone call or text? Loaded question! Depends on who it is and what we are talking about. I text throughout the day, but I think I can get more done with a phone call.

3. Chocolate or vanilla? Vanilla 100%, especially if there is funfetti involved.

4. Morning or evening? I’m simultaneously an early bird and a night owl. My sleep schedule loves me.

5. Facebook or Twitter? Instagram always. But I have tried getting better on Twitter. Moms love me on Facebook.

6. Ice cream or frozen yogurt? I’m really not a huge fan of either, but I secretly love cookie dough Blizzards.

7. iOS or Andriod? I have so many Apple products it’s ridiculous. AND I’M OKAY WITH THAT.

8. Big party or small gathering? “I like large parties. They’re so intimate. At small parties there isn’t any privacy.” If you can name that quote we’ll be best friends.

9. Coffee or tea? So much coffee. First cup of the day with way too much vanilla creamer, the rest of the day—black.

10. Jogging or hiking? Hiking! I worked for the summer at a camp on the side of a mountain. Hiking goals.

11. Hamburger or Taco? Taco… but really just there for the free chips and salsa.

12. Money or free time? Another loaded question! Free time I think… but I would probably need money to enjoy the free time. Tricky Tricky.

13. Amusement Park or Day at the Beach? Amusement Park for sure, I love rollercoasters. I want to go to Harry Potter world like asap.

14. Toilet paper: over or under? Unpopular opinion: under. I don’t understand how more people don’t get the appeal.

15. Rain or snow? Snow! I actually really enjoy the snow… except when it doesn’t stop for days. Ask me then, I’m not as cheerful.

16. Singing or dancing? I enjoy both and have done them together in shows. But I liked the dancing more. I have A LOT of energy, dancing helps let that out. Fun fact: I was on my college’s step team. Maybe I’ll show you sometime.

17. Horror Movie or Comedy? I hate horror movies. Gimme all the comedies.

18. City or Countryside? I grew up in Kentucky, there was a soybean field behind my house and a tobacco field in front of it. I love the city.

19. Winter or summer? I really want to say winter because flannels and sweaters, but the summer just makes me feel so good.

20. Beer or wine? Beer—I’ve been into sours lately. Another unpopular opinion: I hate IPAs, feels like I’ve been punched in the teeth.

21. Ninjas or pirates? I coulda been such a good pirate. Where’s the rum?

Welcome to our third installment of Buffalo Changemaker of the Month of April 2018, celebrating the inspiring organizations working hard to make Buffalo better.

We’re so excited to share the story of Deaf Access Services (DAS) that was established in 1983 by a group of committed volunteers interested in the welfare of the Deaf community. DAS was set up as an independent not for profit organization and continues to be the only agency of its kind serving the eight counties of Western New York. In 2014, DAS changed its name to Deaf Access Services, to expand their focus to not only adults, but children and families in Western New York.Governed by a volunteer Board of Directors and staffed by Deaf, Hard of Hearing, and Hearing individuals, DAS affords a diverse, inclusive environment in which to provide and receive services.Deaf Access Services responds to the interests of Deaf and Hard of Hearing individuals by promoting communication access, awareness, and opportunities in the greater community.

Hear more from Pamela Kefi, Executive Director:

Welcome to our monthly interview series, #buffaloiscreative, introducing stellar members of our CMbuf community. Make sure to update your profile for an opportunity to be featured on our blog, newsletter and social media accounts!

This month we’re happy to share an interview with Cynthia Frame-Endres, Recycling Activist at Coalition of Positively Charged People.

What is your special creative force?

Bringing change with a bit of joy mixed in. Creating a battery recycling system that is both community friendly and environmentally sound is my goal. I look at every step as part of a clue-finding mission. I’ve been fascinated to see how batteries are recycled at two different facilities, read numerous technical papers and spoken with people across the country. I’ve become friends with many of the people I met along this search. All these clues are rewarding and joyful, and keep me moving forward.

In the spirit of May 2018’s theme, CMcommitment, can you share an anecdote about how dedication to your craft or cause has pushed you further than thought possible?

I had been hitting a wall. For three years I followed a legislative bill that could potentially make battery recycling happen (albeit poorly). I used colored pencils and curly drawings to help me understand the bill and track changes from one version to the next. But I could not figure out how those changes were being made. I wanted to make changes, too. After a conversation with Heather from the Million Person Project,  I realized what I really wanted was to talk about the battery bill with a legislator. To do that, I needed to start by talking with my local Assemblyman. That Assemblyman did something startling: he listened. A few months later, his office asked if I would collaborate on a community-wide battery collection. That battery recycling event yielded over one ton of waste batteries and an immense amount of community good will. Now a lot more people recognize that individuals want to recycle household batteries responsibly. Best of all, it could be the beginning of new legislation.

What project are you working on right now that we should all know about?

In collaboration with clever friends and funding from a local organization, we are building two whimsical, interactive pieces that people can play with and learn from at festivals. One is called “Linny” and is a hand-crank conveyor belt that conveys a waste battery right into a garbage can, physically demonstrating the Linear Economy. The other is “Cirkie,” a beanbag throwing game in which if you throw the beanbag (shaped like a battery, of course) into the Circular Economy, you get to keep playing. If you throw it into the Linear Economy, the bag never comes out again, and you don’t get to keep playing. Making complicated and not-so-pleasant issues playful is a way to teach children, as well as the adults nearby.

Where in Buffalo do you go to be most inspired?

Would you believe… CreativeMornings/Buffalo!


Thank you, Cynthia!

May 2018′s theme is COMMITMENT.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?This month’s global exploration of 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. 

Meet Meghan Cyr, the CMbuf featured teammate for April! Meghan answered some very important questions for us, so next time you see her at an event, you’ll know her feelings about coffee. Thanks for all you do, Meghan, to share our events with the global community. 

1. Dog or cat? I do love dogs. They’re adorable! However, there’s something about a cat’s personality that I jive better with.

2. Phone call or text? Generally, texts are great as I can get back to them when I get a minute. I tend to be all over the place! However, I love a good “catching-up” phone call.

3. Chocolate or vanilla? Chocolate.

4. Morning or evening? I take my quiet mornings (with an earl grey tea), extremely seriously.

5. Facebook or Twitter? Instagram always.

6. Ice cream or frozen yogurt? I’m actually lactose intolerant! As far as dessert goes I’m a huge baked goods fan. Donuts anyone?

7. iOS or Andriod? I actually just switched from being 100% Mac/iOS since middle school, to an Andriod phone. It’s great I love it.

8. Big party or small gathering? Small gatherings. Introvert status!

9. Coffee or tea? Tea. Earl Grey. Heat the water just under boil. Leave the bag in.  

10. Jogging or hiking?
Jogging.

11. Hamburger or Taco? Hamburger. If you haven’t been to Marble & Rye for their burger, you should clear your schedule and go now. Get the egg on it. You won’t be disappointed. I’ve yet to find one that tops it.

12. Money or free time? Enough money to have some stress free, free time.

13. Amusement Park or Day at the Beach? I grew up in Maine and there’s nothing like the salty air by the sea to set things straight.

14. Toilet paper: over or under? Over. This shouldn’t be a debate.

15. Rain or snow? Spring rain. Summer storm. First snow. - Keeping this from Andrea

16. Singing or dancing? I do a lot of singing in my car so.

17. Horror Movie or Comedy? Horror. Specifically the badly filmed/acted horror movie that ends up being hilarious in its own way.

18. City or Countryside? City.

19. Winter or summer? Summer. Please. They tell me it’s coming but the weather lately begs to differ.

20. Beer or wine? I love a dry cider.

21. Ninjas or pirates? Pirates of the Caribbean is a huge guilty pleasure.


Welcome to our monthly interview series, #buffaloiscreative, introducing stellar members of our CMbuf community. Make sure to update your profile for an opportunity to be featured on our blog, newsletter and social media accounts!

This month we’re happy to share an interview with Michael Weidrich, Executive Director at Young Audiences WNY.


What is your special creative force?
I’m very left brain / right brain. I’m very creative yet analytical, so often my brain tackles things in multiple ways and comes up with creative new views. I’m a weird hybrid of artist and business person. 

In the spirit of April 2018’s theme, #CMgame, can you describe how Buffalo inspires your creativity and curiosity?
Buffalo has always had amazing artistic and cultural treasures that helped shape me as a young adult along with my time at the Buffalo Academy for Visual and Performing Arts. Those experiences made me the person I am today with a passion for the arts and propelled me forward all these years. Coming back to Buffalo 25 years later, I am rediscovering this area with all its new cultural gems, revisiting all the old ones, and exploring what’s developed here since I left. I am inspired by all the growth the city has been through in recent years and excited to be a part of its next chapter.

What project are you working on right now that we should all know about?
As the new Executive Director of Young Audiences of Western New York, I’ve taken the reins of a 56 year old organization that truly is the leader in arts in education in this area. Right now we’re looking to recruit new teaching artists in all forms & disciplines to expand our roster of programs, and get out into more schools in Western New York. The impact of our programs on your people cannot be understated and every additional program we book, increases that impact exponentially. With funding for the arts being cut in our schools year after year, we have had to become more creative to bring the arts to our youth. 

Where in Buffalo do you go to be most inspired?
Coming to work every day inspires me. Talking with our teaching artists and hearing about their programs inspires me. Going into the schools and community centers and seeing our young people so engaged in the arts inspires me. And just being back in Buffalo, and seeing all the positive growth and change, continues to inspire me. 

Thanks, Michael!

April’s theme is GAMEThroughout 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.This month is presented by our global partner MailChimp. This month’s global exploration of Game was chosen by our Liège chapter and illustrated by Jeffrey Phillips.

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