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2nd Annual #CMCLE Speaker Nomination Party! 

The only evening CreativeMornings event of the year is just around the corner and you won’t want to miss it. Thursday, October 27th 6-9pm at Ohio City Moto we’re hosting a private cocktail party to nominate 2017 speakers, register to attend for $35


October of 2015 we held this private cocktail party as an experiment; to help engage our community in the conversation of rising stars and all stars in Cleveland that would make great speakers for the 2016 season of CreativeMornings. To our delight over 200 nominations poured in, which introduced us to over half of the speakers for this year’s events.

We’ll be holding the event again on Thursday, October 27th at Ohio City Moto and the entire CreativeMornings community is invited. The fee for registration includes hors ’doeuvres, open bar with watershed distillery cocktails, and supports the operation of our regular program.

Advance registration is required and capped similar to our other events. If you’re able to join us sign up at cmclenomination2017.splashthat.com/If you would like to nominate a speaker but are unable to attend the event you are welcome to contact us at Cleveland@creativemornings.com for more information

This is a special update to let our entire chapter know that we are holding TWO events this October. Our regular meeting will be on Friday, Oct 14th at the downtown Cleveland Public Library.  As our chapter approaches the start of our third year we’re also holding some very important fundraising initiatives that we hope you will participate in, including our second annual Speaker Nomination party on Thursday, October 27th.

Over the past two years we’ve had the privilege of introducing some of our city’s most inspirational thinkers and doers at 20 free events. We’ve also seen friendships and relationships blossom for new collaborations, companies, and creative projects that will waterfall into many new things in Cleveland.

With your help we’re looking forward to sharing the excitement of our community’s creative endeavors in another year. If our program has helped or inspired you over the past two years please take a minute to consider helping us continue our work.  Thank you for all that you do!

UPCOMING EVENTS :
Oct 14th 8:30am - October CreativeMornings - TRANSPARENCY
Oct 27th 6:00pm - Speaker Nomination Party / Chapter Fundraiser
Nov 18th 8:30am  - November CreativeMornings FANTASY


Speaker Nomination Party. & Chapter Fundraiser.

Thursday, October 27th 6-9pmOhio City Moto - 2515 Jay Ave. $35

October of 2015 we held a private cocktail party to help engage our community in the conversation of rising stars and all stars in Cleveland that would make great speakers for the 2016 season of CreativeMornings. To our delight over 200 nominations poured in, which introduced us to over half of the speakers for this year’s events.

We’ll be holding the event again on Thursday, October 27th at Ohio City Moto and the entire CreativeMornings community is invited. The fee for registration includes hors ’doeuvres, open bar with watershed distillery cocktails, and supports the operation of our regular program.

Advance registration is required and capped similar to our other events. If you’re able to join us sign up at cmclenomination2017.splashthat.com/#If you would like to nominate a speaker but are unable to attend the event you are welcome to contact us at Cleveland@creativemornings.comfor more information


Creative Employers Directory

Cleveland is filled with companies in the for-profit and non-profit sectors that employ creative people. From writers and web developers to architects and graphic artists, there is a need for people with imagination. Our audience includes 100-150 monthly attendees in any variety of creative discipline, engaged in educational conversations with creative thought leaders. We’re asking employers from the region to support our initiative by purchasing a short listing in our printed event program.

Benefits of being featured:

  • Regular Interaction with active members of Cleveland’s creative community (up to 12 events/year)
  • Feature your company name, logo, web address, and top 3 types of creative positions you seek in the monthly program
  • Have job listings included in our monthly email (2,000+ recipients)
  • Have requested postings shared through social media (~ 2,800 Twitter, ~1,000 Facebook)

Cost: We’re asking $500 for an annual membership in this program. To sign up simply complete this form and your company will be included in the 2017 listings. Sign up early and also be featured in the remaining 2016 events. Sign up now.

Cleveland Creative Employers Directory 

Cleveland is filled with companies in the for-profit and non-profit sectors that employ creative people. From writers and web developers to architects and graphic artists, there is a need for people with imagination. Our audience includes 100-200 monthly attendees in any variety of creative discipline, engaged in educational conversations with creative thought leaders. We’re asking employers from the region to support our initiative by purchasing a short listing in our printed event program. 

Benefits of being featured: 

  • Regular Interaction with active members of Cleveland’s creative community
  • Feature your company name, logo, web address, and top 3 types of creative positions you seek in the monthly program 
  • Have job listings included in our monthly email (2,000+ recipients) 
  • Have requested postings shared through social media (~ 2,800 Twitter, ~1,000 Facebook) 
  • Supporting an active creative culture in Cleveland. 

Cost: We’re asking $500 for an annual membership in this program. To sign up simply complete this form and you’ll be included in the 2017 listings. Sign up early and also be featured in the remaining 2016 events.  Sign up now. 

Cleveland’s Mini Maker Faire - November 5th, 2016

The Mini Maker Faire is a trade show for startups, DIY, local manufacturing, hand made, and experimental products of all kinds. Originally a technology event for garage tinkerers in silicon valley, Cleveland’s version of the Mini Maker Faire is an open space to show off anything from textiles to toys, rockets and garden tools.

The event is organized by Cleveland Public Library at their main downtown branch taking place Saturday November 5th, 2016. The deadline to apply as a participant is October 15th. There are no fees or costs to apply or participate. This year, #CMCLE is working with Cleveland Public Library to organize feature product demonstrations at the event. If you’re interested in giving a demo on a new product or product development process contact us at: cleveland@creativemornings.com

A MESSAGE FROM SKYLIGHT FINANCIAL GROUP: 4/15 Parking Instructions


For those attending tomorrow’s event, we look forward to hosting you all in our rooftop penthouse - we did want to point out some things regarding parking.


It’s Ohio City and obviously parking is at an absolute premium especially with the market lot being under construction. MVP Valet does have services in the back of our building off of W 26th Street at a cost of $5 per car, please let them know you are here for the creative speaking event. Likewise the W 25th St RTA station is right across the street from our building (as a landmark we are top of the same building as Penzey Spice, Crop Bistro etc.)

Our helipad is currently out of service so apologies to anyone that planned to use it :)

Looking forward to seeing you all tomorrow - if you haven’t been here before you are in for a treat with the views #SkylightPenthouse

October 2015 : Leah Backo


This is the beginning of (what we hope will be) an ongoing series of interviews with the very talented community of designers responsible for the #QuotePoster print series. There is one new designer and one new print featured every month. Designers interested in participating in the series should submit portfolios for consideration to: Cleveland@CreativeMornings.com
Interview by Heather Futig

I had the great pleasure of chatting with Leah Backo recently. She’s full of energy and it’s hard not to get swept up in her excitement and enthusiasm when she talks about illustrating, The University of Michigan (where we both went for undergrad!) and her non-profit aspirations.

If you’ve been following (and you should be if you’re not!) the string of monthly CreativeMornings Cleveland quoteposters, her name should be familiar because she designed and created the beautiful poster based on Kate Snow’s September lecture. The quote that was selected for the poster, “connections feed a meaningful existence,” seems particularly applicable to Leah. She has a great passion for helping others. This is profoundly evident in her in-depth look at being alone that she completed for her senior thesis at U of M’s School of Art and Design and in her steadfast desire to work in non-profit marketing and communications for organizations that focus on disenfranchised and ailing populations.

Leah will pour herself into a project that compels her. She spent tens of hours on the quoteposter after she decided to wrap string around nails hammered into a corkboard in order to highlight the three dimensional theme of connections. This painstaking effort results in the poster message emerging from the negative space of the jumble of lines. The poster is striking on its own. But to understand Leah’s process and efforts adds a new dimension and appreciation of the piece. Hopefully we’ll see a lot more of her work in the future!  

Check out Leah’s website and instagram! And be sure to pick up the poster of her at the next CMCle lecture. 

- Heather

CreativeMornings Cleveland is looking for the trouble makers, oddballs, and innovators that are moving, making, and inspiring new things. As we approach our chapter’s one year anniversary we’re beginning to plan for the 2016 season of CreativeMornings in Cleveland, seeking out Speakers, Venues, and event Partners to help make EPIC BREAKFAST. We need YOU to make this happen.

Speakers are chosen to match any imaginable interpretation of each month’s Global Theme. Request themes and submit nominations by emailing the chapter, we’ll get back to you right away. cleveland@creativemornings.com  

Great CreativeMornings Speakers are:

  • Creative - yes
  • Young - yes
  • Old - yes
  • Successful - Yes
  • Aspiring - Yes
  • Unknown - Yes
  • Famous - Yes
  • Artists - Yes
  • Administrators - Yes
  • You - Yes
  • A Friend - Yes
  • Boring - No

Better Monsters Through Teamwork - CreativeMornings Clevealnd July 17th at Rosetta

Cleveland is one of 11  CreativeMornings chapters using the COLLABORATE theme as an opportunity to feature a pair of artists for our July events. Vancouver, Denver, Kansas City, Albuquerque, Baltimore, Chicago, Cologne, Edinburgh, Houston, and Malmo have caught the same bug.

There are always a couple of talks that rise to the top each month from the collective 60+ hours of lectures from around the world. It’s fun to see each city continuously pushing forward their best, brightest, freshest, weirdest, most wonderful community members.

In Cleveland we’ve invited mini monster makers Chris Ryniak and Amanda Louise Spayd. A perfect mix of odd and lovable has made their imaginative creatures resonate with art lovers around the world. Chris works on new creatures daily, and makes the finished works available to his patreon subscribers. Amanda’s creatures are equal in wonderfully weird proportions to Chris’ and have just been featured in a short film called The Maker, that’s up on youtube with nearly 4M views. I watched it twice back to back.

While both artist’s have their own collections of work they frequently collaborate to make, in their own words, “Better Monsters Through Teamwork”. We’re very excited to hear from them.

There is limited registration available for the event this Friday morning, which will take place at Rosetta, the largest marketing & advertising consulting firm in Cleveland.

For more information and registration visit:http://creativemornings.com/talks/chris-ryniak-amanda-louise-spayd

Last month at Adcom, we heard Jeremy Umanksy talk about the climates of Cleveland, and got insight into his work as a wild foods forager and larder master.

We asked members of the audience to record their reflections and favorite quotes from his talks on twitter and instagram with our hashtag #CMCLE. This time, the tag was not just for conversation, recording and sharing a bit of knowledge from our guest speakers talk would enter the phrase into a pool to possibly being picked by a designer to make a one of a kind poster.

This is what happened next…

Lucy Williams, an illustrator at Adcom, contacted us to design the poster. We sent her the #CMCLE messages from last months talk and she designed a quote tagged by Lisa Sands. We went to our paper partner, Parse & Parcel, and were overwhelmed by massive amounts of choices, we had no choice but to choose several stocks to print on. The main stocks are a deep, rich, textured blue and purple - Curious Matter from Appleton Coatings, It’s made from potato starch.

Our friends at Zygote Press did the honors of screen printing the piece, and the finished results are utterly beautiful. Thank you to Kate Snow for doing a wonderful job!

AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE!

If you’re interested we’ll have these at tomorrow’s event available for purchase, or if you’d like you can order one online now at creativemorningscle.bigcartel.com

AUDIENCE MEMBERS, TAG POSTS!

Since her post was picked, Lisa Sands gets a copy of this print for free! If your tagged quote is picked, you’ll get a copy of next month’s print.

CALL FOR ILLUSTRATORS!

Illustrators in the audience. Of course you’ll get a copy of the finished print for free as well, but we hope that this is a fun way to create something with the community. We hope to feature a different designers work each month, so please email cleveland@creativemornings.com if you are interested.

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