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January’s 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. 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 CreativeMornings/DC for #CMSurreal at Sixth & I on Friday, January 25th! Tickets are available starting at 10:30AM on Monday, January 21st.

Last year, we took time to appreciate #Tradition as we moved swiftly through the holiday season and into a new year. The morning was kicked off with a performance by Orfeia followed by Angela Davis who spoke to us about the importance of recognizing a connection with the past and present through different types of traditions. Were you there with us? Find yourself or take a look at what you missed in our photos from the event!

This December, we’re thinking about 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. Join CreativeMornings/DC on Wednesday, December 19th with Angela Davis for #CMTradition at Studio Theatre! Sign up for the event Thursday, December 13th at 10:30am!

Our last 2018 global theme TRADITION was chosen Barranquilla chapter and Andrés M. Felfle illustrated the theme.This December, we’re thinking about TRADITION!

Announcing 30 Second Pitches—an opportunity for you to take the stage at a CreativeMornings/DC event to pitch your idea to our awesome, talented audience. Pitch us on your idea and, if selected, you’ll have 30 seconds and one slide to explain it, why it’s valuable and how people can support it—provide feedback, participate or collaborate.

Send a brief, fewer-than-100-words write-up describing the idea, value and need to DC[at] and you could be on stage at our next event! We can’t wait to hear what you have to say!

A CreativeMornings/DC illustration series first—a profanity! :) A wonderful illustration of a wonderful insight on audio storytelling by the amazing Lulu Miller courtesy of the talented Carolyn Sewell! The quote was from our November 2014 event and will be available in postcard form in January!