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On Friday Dec 18th, we’re returning with Ferne Caulker Bronson, founder of Milwaukee’s internationally renowned Ko-Thi Dance Company, who will be speaking on “Time.” Ferne will be talking about how cultures imagine and perceive time. Below we asked a few questions to get to better know her.

1) What do you typically eat for breakfast?
Depending on what I have to do that day, I eat a small steak, or eggs. Loads of protein. Do not drink coffee or any sugared drinks. Mostly tea - ginger.

2) What do people know you for?
I am know for African dance - Ko-Thi Dance Company, (Founder 1969) and professor at UWM, Dance Department, (started 1971).

3) How is Milwaukee special to you?
It is where I built a career in African dance, married, raised my daughter and where my family settled after leaving Sierra Leone, West Africa in the early 1960s.

4) What may people not know about you?
I was born in Africa, Sierra Leone, (spent first 12 years of my life there/Colonial era), studied in England as a teenager. I love animals - live with 3 cats. Love elephants … there is a story behind that when I was a child in Africa. Might talk about it!

5) What drives your creativity?
I am creatively driven by curious minds, committed spirits and open hearted souls - dancers and musicians that I have had the honor to train, teach and perform with …LOVE ARTISTS! Will talk about some of my mentors.

6) What are you going to talk to us about this month?
I am going to talk about TIME. Influences in my life that shaped my beliefs, convictions and creative spirit. I was born with a unique pedigree, Father/African, Mother/ African American & Jamaican … raised in both Africa and United States.  I will reflect on TIME in today’s world from an African American female’s perspective.  Imaging and perceptions.

Ticket registration opens here on Monday, Dec 14th, at 11:00AM. See you on Dec 18th!

On Friday Nov 20th, we’re returning with Libby and Patrick Castro, the husband and wife team behind LP/w Design Studios, who will be speaking on “Work.” Libby and Patrick will be talking about the real work that goes into designing for clients and designing with each other. Below we asked a few questions to get to better know them both.

1. What do you typically eat for breakfast?
Libby: Pre-workout: egg whites, avocado and tomatoes. Post-workout: egg with kale and veggies (p usually makes something for me and it is always fantastic!)
Patrick: Granola + milk (maybe fruit)

2. What do people know you for?
Libby: People know me for my interiors and connections with people for sure, but I have become the most “known” for my holiday tree made out of Chinese lanterns.
Patrick: Mostly being Libby’s husband, sometimes graphic design.

3. How is Milwaukee special to you?
Libby: Milwaukee has always been home to me even though I grew up in Racine. I took ballet at Milwaukee Ballet from 4th grade through high school and was there most nights of the week. The city lights, tall buildings, elaborate holiday decorations always gave me those positively intimidating butterflies in my stomach, and thus, an urbanite was born.
Patrick: To do what we do for work in the city where we met (San Francisco) would be difficult to say the least. Milwaukee gives us enough so I can do more.

4. What may people not know about you?
Libby (about Patrick): What most people do not know about Patrick is a giant goofball with an wonderful sense of humor that he reserves for just those of us lucky enough to know him well. It often conjures up tears of laughter, snorting and uncontrollable giggles (sometimes and the most inappropriate times).
Patrick (about Libby): You can tell when Libby is cleaning her ears because it yields a very specific cough.

5. What drives your creativity?
Libby: What drives my creativity is my connection to my client. What is important to them becomes the backbone of what we do to their space.
Patrick: Libby’s right. Connection with the client. We have the luxury of choosing the folks we want to help. Each client is selected by us as much as we are selected by them.

6. What are you going to talk to us about this month?

Libby/Patrick: We’re gunna werk it and talk to you about “work”

Registration opens here Monday Nov 16th at 11:00 AM. See you all soon!

On Friday Oct 30th we’re stoked to return with photography curator Lisa Sutcliffe who will be speaking on “Shock.” (Surprise! It will also be the first year anniversary of CreativeMornings/Milwaukee!) Lisa will be weaving together history and her love for the medium as she speaks on photography’s surprising and mysterious ways. Below we asked a few questions to get to better know Lisa.

What do you typically eat for breakfast?

Yogurt, granola and fruit. And coffee, of course! 

What do people know you for?

My commitment to building community engagement with photography and media arts. My willingness to say yes too often. My absurd sense of humor. 

How is Milwaukee special to you?

This is an especially exciting time to be at the Milwaukee Art Museum. It’s a wonderful opportunity to shape the future of photography and media arts in the Herzfeld Center, our brand new space. And more importantly, the community is so warm - I’ve loved getting to know the people here.

What may people not know about you?

My favorite piece of art in my home is a painting my mother made with my brother when he was five years old. If I had to describe it I would say it depicts a spider-dog and an excessively curly-haired boy fishing for a flying squirrel. 

What drives your creativity?

I find that I have my best ideas when I’m jogging, taking a shower, or just about to fall asleep. Something about letting the mind relax encourages creativity. 

What are you going to talk to us about this month?

Since the inception of photography, we’ve used the camera voyeuristically to photograph things we aren’t supposed to look at. What ultimately makes a picture shocking - its subject, its framing or its style - can be surprising.  It’s a medium that often works in mysterious ways.

On Friday June 26th we’re excited to return with speaker Karin Wolf who will be speaking on “Revolution.” Karin will be weaving together her personal experiences and history as she speaks on the necessity of cycles, momentous revolutions, and the horrors and blessings of it all.

Below we asked a few questions to get to better know Karin.

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What do you typically eat for breakfast?

My husband brings me tea in bed and then makes - a chef’s choice scramble with whatever veggies we have in the house, cheese, and fresh eggs from the seven chickens we share with our neighbors. He is so sweet. He always overcooks the eggs and hands me breakfast saying, “The eggs are under-cooked because I know my baby hates them overdone.”

What do people know you for?

Unraveling red tape, jumping hoops, connecting dots, and a few other things I’d rather not perpetuate by retelling here.

How is Milwaukee special to you?

Besides lakes, people, food, beautiful re-purposed industrial spaces, and the art, Milwaukee is like my beloved fairy god-mentor. I moved to Milwaukee to work in Community Outreach at MIAD, but I also had the opportunity to teach freshman composition, write about art, help make public art happen, increase access to arts education in the public schools, and watch lots of great films. Each time I had a thought about what else I wanted to do with my career, a door would open and a really hardworking, down-to-earth professional would be on the other side welcoming me in, and then they would teach me everything I needed to know about doing that thing that I wanted to learn to do. In my experience, and I like to pretend that it is like this for everyone in Milwaukee, other cities position discouraging, competitive gatekeepers who enjoy finding ways to “no,” Milwaukee places kind, professional, greeters who like to make things happen. I love Milwaukee.

What may people not know about you?

Due to my big blabber mouth and sometimes unconventional life path, there isn’t a hell of a lot that people who have met me do not know about me. Often, they wish there was. But, because the majority of people have not experienced the shock of meeting me, I would say that they probably don’t know much about my religion, which I prefer to keep to myself, lest others start to corrupt it..

What drives your creativity?

Sadly, I’m more imaginative than creative. But what drives my creativity is definitely part nature and part nurture. My father gave me his eccentricities and tenacity. My maternal grandmother gave me her resourcefulness. My mother gave me my love for the arts and curiosity and excessive worry. I am far better at manifesting epistles and experiences than objects and spaces.. Perhaps that is why I am so devoted to artists and architects and the work that they do.

What are you going to talk to us about this month?

I have not yet crystallized everything I’m going to talk about because I’m still in the thick of thinking about it, but it is coming to me enough to offer this teaser. It will have to do with revolution and cycles, momentous changes in a situation, the sometimes necessary transition from one system to the next, and the horrors and the blessings of it all. ​

This Friday May 22nd we’re excited to return with Frankie Flood who will be speaking on the global theme of “Robot.” Frankie will be weaving together his personal story and love of industrial fabrication as he speaks on DIY ethos and the power of digital craft to impact local and global communities.

Below, we asked Frankie six questions to better get to know him.

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What do you typically eat for breakfast?

A bagel.

What do people know you for?

Teaching and making: studio scale manufacturing. 3D printed hands and motorcycle inspired pizza cutters.

How is Milwaukee special to you?

The people and spirit of Milwaukee. It’s had a historic role as a sort of “toolbox of the world.”

What may people not know about you?

I restore vintage German and Spanish motorcycles and love “wrenching" as much as I love riding.

What drives your creativity?

Learning something new and helping someone at the same time.

What are you going to talk to us about this month?

The DIY mentality and the power of process, material, and technology to make custom solutions that can impact local and global communities.

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Grab a spot here and we’ll see you Friday!

This month we’re excited to return on Friday April 17th with Eric Resch of Stone Creek Coffee who will be speaking on the global theme of “Humilty.” Eric will be weaving together his personal story and deep love for coffee and community as he speaks on the role of humility in making bold ideas happen.

Below, we asked Eric six questions to better get to know him.

What do you typically eat for breakfast?

Yogurt, granola, and a cortado from Stone Creek.

What do people know you for?

Coffee.

How is Milwaukee special to you?

It is my home. It is a little big city.

What may people not know about you?

I make mean apple pie.

What drives your creativity?

The gap between reality and what I want.

What are you going to talk to us about this month?

The role of humility in achieving bold ideas.

This month we’re excited to return on Friday March 27th with Brian Holoubek of Heavy Rotation and Urban Garage Sale who will be speaking on the global theme of “Ink.” The son of an inventive t-shirt printer, Brian Holoubek has taken up his own mission of spreading artwork around the world by way of printed t-shirts. He will be sharing insights and stories he has had along the way.

Below, we asked Brian six questions to better get to know him.

What do you typically eat for breakfast?
Coffee and a slice of crunchy toast with a fine slice of Wisconsin cheese topped with pickled jalapeño carrot escabeche.

What do people know you for?

Arty t-shirts. Urban Garage Sale. Infinite optimism.

How is Milwaukee special to you?

The possibilities. We have so many great resources in people, parks, lakes, rivers, real estate and ideas. Every year, I see new ideas come to life. If you ever find yourself saying Milwaukee needs… Then get to it — build it.

What may people not know about you?

I collect fishing tackle boxes. The best ones are full of old lures and have been long forgotten in a barn or garage. I like to leave them just the way I found them like time capsules.  

What drives your creativity?

Creativity is solving problems. If you are successful, you can connect with others through your creations. I am also driven by a fear of boredom.

What are you going to talk to us about this month?
Ink. Namely printed t-shirts as social connectors.

Registration opens here Monday March 23rd at 11:00 AM. See you all soon!

We’re excited to be having Tom Kubala of Kubala Washatko Architects speaking on “Climate" this Friday, February 27th!

Below, we asked Tom six questions to better get to know him. 

What do you typically eat for breakfast? Granola and whole milk yogurt.

What do people know you for? Architecture.

How is Milwaukee special to you? Both my parents were born in Milwaukee, as was I.

What may people not know about you? I was a pole vaulter for the University of Illinois track team while attending Architecture School.

What drives your creativity? My creativity is driven by a deep-seated need to bring work to life.

What are you going to talk to us about this month? Designing a design process, one that is fundamentally aligned with the living, undivided and dynamic nature of the world.

See you all soon!

This month we’re excited to return Friday February 27th with architect Tom Kubala of Kubala Washatko Architects speaking on February’s global theme of “Climate,” chosen by the Ottawa chapter. An ardent advocate of sustainable design and “living architecture” Tom will speaking on the global theme of “Climate,” while sharing his story and insights in his pursuit of designing buildings that smile. Read more about the event and grab a ticket (free) before they’re gone at:http://creativemornings.com/talks/tom-kubala/ 

Registration opens on Monday, February 23rd at 11:00 AM CST.Tom Kubala
http://www.tkwa.com/ 

We’re excited to be having Justin Carlisle of Ardent speaking on “Ugly” this Friday January 30th. The event will be hosted at The Commons at 170 S. 1st St, 2nd Floor.  

We asked Justin six questions to better get to know him: 

What do you typically eat for breakfast? I typically don’t eat breakfast. Just a lot of coffee.

What do people know you for? They may know me for my restaurant Ardent and my late night ramen, Red Light Ramen but I’m pretty sure I’m personally not on many radars.

How is Milwaukee special to you? Milwaukee is special to me cause I call it home in every sense.

What drives your creativity? Lots of things drive my creativity. People, surrounds, feeling, seasons.

What are you going to talk to us about this month? I’m going to talk about Ugly.

Note: The event is sold-out so if you missed out be sure to hop on the waitlist: http://creativemornings.com/talks/justin-carlisle

See you all soon!

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