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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!

We took off last month for the holidays but are back and ready to take on 2015; we hope you’re feeling refreshed too. January’s event will be Friday January 30th from 8:30 AM - 10:00 AM. The theme is “Ugly" and we can’t wait to share the news on the speaker and event details soon. Save the date!

Our next speaker, set for Friday, November 21st, is Anja Notanja Sieger, typewriter poet of La Prosette fame, Pfister Narrator-in-Residence, paper cut artist and performer. Anja will be talking on November’s theme “Chance.”

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We asked Anja six questions to get to know her. 

What do you typically eat for breakfast? There is no typical. But today I had turkey, kraut, green mung noodles, brussel sprouts, lard.  

What do people know you for? Writing letters for them from their cats.

How is Milwaukee special to you? It has Lake Michigan in walking distance to the Central Library and the Oriental Theater.

What may people not know about you? I keep a moustache woven of my own hair in a tin just in case I want to dress up as Rocky Raccoon again.  

What drives your creativity? Irrepressible instinct.

What are you going to talk to us about this month? How leaving room for the unknown is the most critical part of the creative process.

For those of you who missed the first CreativeMornings/Milwaukee event, we’re recapping it here.

Our September speaker was Reginald Baylor, speaking spontaneously about “Color.” He had some surprises for the audience, like when we asked him if all colors are equal. He answered an emphatic “No! Grey is the most supreme of all the colors.” If you’ve seen his work, it’s not easy to understand why, but there is a hint in the notes below. We’ll post the video recap and photographs soon. 

Most remarkable to the CreativeMornings/Milwaukee team, was the incredible show of support from the community. Tickets quickly sold-out before the event. Holey Moley teamed with Hawthorne Coffee and sent baristas to do pour over coffee. Community members brought their talents too. 

Two notable examples: 

Timothy J. Reynolds made these sweet sketch notes of the first ever CreativeMornings in Milwaukee. He captured the major themes and quotable moments from Baylor's talk with visual panache to boot. Thank you!

You can see more of his sketchnotes here.

Lisa Walker England shared her experiences during the event and posted some photos of people she met. We have a calligrapher in our creative community? So cool. Thanks, Lisa!

You can read more about creative life at Lisa’s blog 

Again we owe big thanks to the supportive groups who made the whole event possible: MKE Production Rental, Holey Moley Doughnuts + Coffee, The Box MKE, and Wellspring as well as the creatives who woke up early for the event! Thank you! Can’t wait for tomorrow!

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The speaker for this Friday’s event is Tarik Moody, music host at 88Nine Radio Milwaukee and mastermind behind the show Rhythm Lab Radio and the music mash-up series “Unlooped.” Tarik will be speaking on October’s theme of “Crossover,” sharing his thoughts and experiences on life full of taking leaps, from living all around the country to switching from practicing architecture to hosting public radio. The event will be hosted at 88Nine Radio Milwaukee. Here’s some insider insights chatting with Tarik. 

What do you typically eat for breakfast?
Coffee (and sometimes pork rinds).

What do people know you for?
Being a radio personality.

How is Milwaukee special to you?
It’s where I found my passion.

What may people not know about you?
Served 14 years in the Army Reserves. Also was Vice President of the Chess Club back in high school.

What drives your creativity?
Fear.

What are you going to talk to us about this month?
How seemingly different interests can come together.

You can hit up Tarik at @hoboarchitect @rhythmlabradio too.

Be sure to grab a ticket for Friday’s event here. There’s almost gone! ⟶

Save The Date!

CreativeMornings/Milwaukee will be launching on Friday September 12th! Doors will open at 8:30 AM and the event will go until 10:00 AM. It will be hosted at The Box MKE on 628 N. Broadway, Milwaukee, WI 53202. More information including the month’s theme, speaker, and sponsors will be coming soon. 

The vision for CreativeMornings/Milwaukee is to develop an ongoing space to better connect, intersect, and celebrate our striking, but at-times fragmented, creative community.We really hope it can serve as a place for mindful people of diverse disciplines to gather and grow together, sharing with each other and in turn with other cities. New ideas, new people, new possibilities.

See you in the morning!