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Donate Art Supplies for At-Risk Youth with CreativeMornings & Art Start!

As part of this month’s global theme of Collaborate, CreativeMornings/NYC is thrilled to support our friends at Art Start to collect art supplies for their community programs at our event on July 24th with Georg Petschnigg

Founded in 1991, Art Start works to empower New York City’s marginalized youth through creative workshops inside homeless shelters, alternative to incarceration programs, and partnering youth agencies. Through these daily workshops, Art Start collaborates with local teaching artists and educators who volunteer their time and craft to cultivate at-risk youth’s creative energies.

Help us celebrate creative expression as personal empowerment for those in need by donating unused art supplies on Friday. Art Start’s wish-list:

  • Acrylic paint
  • Watercolor paper
  • Small-medium sized canvases and/or canvas boards
  • Colored pencils
  • Watercolor sets
  • Sequins/pipe cleaners/googly eyes/feathers (craft items)
  • Sketchbooks
  • Mason Jars (terrariums and snow globes)
  • White t-shirts (small, medium, and large sizes)
  • Fabric paint
  • Fabric markers
  • Sharpies

There’s nothing quite as powerful as the CreativeMornings community. And we’re honored to call so many wonderful, talented, and inspiring people our friends. To celebrate this, the amazing Ben Hallman created this Close Up to spotlight Yoko Sakao Ohama, a designer at Squarespace, the creator of the newsletter Why Aren’t We Dancing, and a longtime volunteer for CreativeMornings/NewYork — just one of the individuals in our remarkable community.

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DONATE GADGETS TO HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS WITH CREATIVEMORNINGS + REVIVN!

As part of this month’s Robot theme, CreativeMornings NYC is excited to partner with our friends at Revivn to collect used gadgets to be donated at our May 8th event with Carla Diana!

Our goal is to collect laptops and small electronics that will be refurbished and provided to high school students participating in The Future Project program, a national campaign to empower young people to live extraordinary lives of passion and purpose. Bonus: We will also reduce our individual carbon footprints through recycling outdated items.

On Friday morning, please bring in any electronics that you are no longer using, whether they are broken or in tip-top shape. Items that are severely damaged or too old for reuse will be recycled responsibly with an e-stewards certified recycler.

Additional information about donating with Revivn below. See you on Friday morning!

Revivn helps enterprises with their old technology by clearing data, recycling, and removing hardware from offices. Revivn takes electronic recycling one step further by repurposing hardware that still has remaining life, providing it to people who lack computer access.

1. What electronics can I (and can’t I) bring on Friday?

You can recycle any electronics that plug into a wall outlet.

Some examples are: laptops, chargers, old phones, cameras, and batteries. Items that will not be accepted include appliances such as toaster ovens, refrigerators, dehumidifiers, microwaves and air conditioners. If you have further questions about what can be brought in, please reach out to concierge@revivn.com

2. What if my device contains sensitive information?

All devices that contain private information will be wiped clean and reset to factory settings. All SIM cards are destroyed for mobile devices.

3. What if I have multiple devices? 

High five! The more the merrier. Please bring as many devices as possible.

We’ll be collecting your unwanted books, especially DICTIONARIES, at our event on April 24th. All books will be donated to Books Through Bars NYC

Two times per week, Books Through Bars volunteers meet at Freebird Books in Redhook to match requests prisoners have sent them in the mail to the books on their shelves. Book packages are mailed out to individuals rather than prison libraries. The space, books, packing materials and labor is entirely donated. Their only expense is postage, tape and pens. If you have any of the following new or used paperback books collecting dust on your shelves, we’ll happily take them off your hands*.

African-American history, especially 20th century, Native American history, Latin American history, Radical politics, Social sciences and psychology, Dictionaries, thesauruses, and Spanish-English dictionaries, Learning world languages, How-to (drawing, chess, sign language…), Mayan and Aztec history, Memoirs and fiction by people of color, Mythology, Poetry anthologies

BOOKS THROUGH BARS CANNOT ACCEPT

Any Hardcover books, Children’s books, Encyclopedias, Religious books (INCLUDING BIBLES), Legal books (except legal dictionaries), Old magazines (besides for National Geographic), White supremacist literature or anything advocating racial animosity, sexism or homophobia, Business books, Computer books, Mass market fiction (such as Danielle Steele and Sidney Sheldon)

*We’re also collecting Trader Joes and Wholefoods paper bags for wrapping books.

30 SECOND PITCHES

Interested in pitching your side project, a job alert, or your work for hire at our next CreativeMornings event? We’re inviting community members to participate in our next CreativeMornings event to pitch themselves, a project or an idea. And we’re giving you only 30 seconds to do it in front of a live audience!

The best way for us to make a selection for who gets stage time (30 secs) at our next event is by viewing a video of your pitch. This way, you get to rehearse it, and tailor it down to the specifics. Remember, this is your chance to announce your pitch to a friendly crowd of creatives. Do whatever you need to do to capture their attention. Make it count. Use the very short time to your advantage. We will sound an alarm when your pitch time is up and be forewarned, we’re quite strict about it :).

Use this form to submit a quick video of your pitch. You can use your phone or computer to record it, low production quality is fine! Once we receive videos from all applicants, we’ll make a selection and get back to you. Thanks and good luck!

AUDIENCE TAKES THE STAGE

To celebrate the end of another fantastic CreativeMornings year, we would like to once again turn the mic to our audience. We’re inviting anyone interested to apply to be a speaker at our December New York event.

Our theme for December is EDUCATION, so we’re looking for people to speak about anything related to the topic—what you’ve learned, why you teach, or your philosophy around education.

To apply, record a short video and submit it via this form. We’re looking for something raw, think “speaking into the web cam” feel. Your video should be on why you think you would make a good speaker and what you would speak about (this should be related somehow to Education). From these submissions, a few will be chosen to give a five minute talk on Friday December 5th at CreativeMornings/NYC.

The application deadline is November 17th, 5pm EST, and we will announce the chosen speakers on November 24th.

The stage is calling…

We’re excited to announce that Steve Larosiliere will be our speaker this Friday. He’ll be speaking on November’s global theme of CHANCE, as in how he is able to give folks a chance through STOKED. You can learn more about the initiative here and watch his Do Lectures talk here.

Also, we’re in Manhattan this month! We’re thrilled to be hosting this Friday’s event at the beautiful home of Bloomberg LP. They’re located at 731 Lexington Avenue (between 58th and 59th Streets), 7E Multipurpose Room in New York. See you there!

We’re excited to announce that Ben Pieratt will be our speaker this August. Check back here for more information and mark your calendars for August 22nd!

Calling our NYC community! We just teamed up with the awesome folks at Switchboard HQ to bring a switchboard to our local community. After Mara spoke at CreativeMornings/Portland, we fell in love with the story and sentiment behind the platform and wanted to try it out with our chapter. 

Have a project that needs collaborators? Books to donate? Need a couch to surf on? Sign up to post your asks and offers here. We’re excited to use this tool to bring our community closer together. Check it out. →

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