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Interested in pitching your side project, a job alert, or your work for hire at our next CreativeMornings event? It’s taking place Friday, January 27th from 8:30am to 10am at Spotify. 

We’re inviting community members 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!

DreamYard Art Center believes art is a tool to imagine and create a more just world. We happen to agree. 

Located in the South Bronx, they provide free, quality arts programming for hundreds of students (age 3-19). And they need art supplies! So, at our February, March and April events, we’re running an art supply drive. They’re in particular need of:

  • Gift cards to Blick or Utrecht (for speciality items like oil paints)
  • Pens
  • Decorative paper (fine, chiyogami, handmade, etc.)
  • Washable markers
  • Permanent markers
  • Duct tape
  • Glitter
  • Self-stick easel pad and/or chart paper
  • Glue and glue sticks
  • Multi-colored cardstock
  • Tracing paper
  • Poster board
  • Dry erase markers
  • Rulers
  • Mechanical pencils
  • Electric pencil sharpeners
  • Post-its

We hope to see you in the morning in February and March! Thank you, as always, for being such an incredible community. We <3 you. 

It’s starting to turn cold out, and 60,000 New Yorkers spend each night in homeless shelters, of which 23,000 are children. At our Audience Takes the Stage event on Friday, December 18th, we’ll be collecting winter coats and jackets for the New York Cares Coat Drive. They’ll accept all kinds of winter coats, but keep in mind they receive twice as many requests for men’s coats than women’s, and they’re always short of children’s coats. 

Consider bringing a coat to donate, and we’ll see you in the morning!

We say it often, but it’s because it’s true: CreativeMornings is a powerful engine of generosity. You don’t have to look farther than our volunteers to start understanding what we mean.

Earlier this year, Ben Hallman & Sam Reichman (the same dynamic duo who help bring CMNYC talks to the internet every month) shined a light on Yoko Sakao Ohama, a CMNYC volunteer, as part of our ongoing Close Up series. 

They’re back with another spotlight, this time featuring photographer-writer Wesley Verhoeve. Wesley, a self-described multidisciplinary creative, is another longtime volunteer of CreativeMornings/NewYork whom you’ll often find exploring creative communities across the United States, camera in hand. Be sure to check out his celebrated photography project One of Many, for which he traveled to 12 American cities in order to tell 12 unique stories of the independent creative movement that is reshaping our economy and culture.

Give this a watch! And stay tuned for more Close Ups of incredible members of our local community.


Help us collect food for the Hanson Place Food Pantry & Soup Kitchen!

Tickets for Mac Premo’s talk on Friday, November 20th go live this Monday at 11am sharp! Set those alarms (but remember there’s something sweet in store for those who end up on the waitlist!).

If you do grab a ticket, we’re asking for your help. With Thanksgiving and cold weather right around the corner, we’re partnering with the Hanson Place Food Pantry and Soup Kitchen to collect some food for their programs. They serve over 200 families in the neighborhood and are in need of some extra help this month. They’ll always take canned food, but they’re really in need of:

  • Turkeys!
  • Fresh fruit
  • Fresh vegetables

Please note that they do not accept any pork, pork byproducts, or shellfish.

So, this weekend, buy a bit extra at the grocery store and bring it with you on Friday!

PS — check out this cover page for this food drive we made for CreativeMornings’ & Squarespace’s #DesignSomeGood campaign this month! Share it widely, then think about making your own!


Have a project you’re dying to share with the world? Look no further! We’re inviting you to the CreativeMornings stage this December.

We’re closing out the year with the theme of TIME, and we’re looking for people to speak about anything related to the topic: how you manage it, if you track it, or your philosophy around it.

To apply, record a short video and submit it via this form. We’re looking for something with an off-the-cusp, “speaking into the web cam” kind of feel. Your video should focus on why you think you would make a good speaker and what you would speak about (hint: this should be related somehow to time).

We will choose a few of these submissions to give a five-minute talk on Friday, December 18, at CreativeMornings/NYC. (Don’t worry, if selected, you’ll be lightly coached beforehand!)

The application deadline is November 13th, 5pm EST, and we will announce the chosen speakers on November 16th.

The stage is calling…

Donate socks to local organization BRC at Friday’s event!


Image courtesy of Socktober

It’s SOCKTOBER! Donate socks to local organization BRC at Friday’s event!

SHOCKtober meets SOCKtober! So many puns! Next Friday, October 16th, we’ll be hearing from Jake Barton (of Local Projects) for this month’s global theme of shock

A few CreativeMornings chapters around the world are also participating in a socktober drive to collect socks for local homeless shelters. Here in NYC, we’re supporting the Bowery Residents’ Committee (BRC). Help them by donating some socks! They need to be unused and BRC is sorely lacking men’s socks (though they’ll certainly accept women’s socks too!). They’re not currently in need of socks for children. 

A bit about BRC: Founded in 1971 by lodgers of Bowery flophouses who wanted to improve their lives, BRC is today a leading provider of housing and services to well over ten thousand of New York City’s neediest individuals. Offering a hand up, not a hand out, BRC asks: What can we do for you? BRC sees the potential in each person it serves and provides each the opportunity to find it through a robust continuum of housing and nonresidential programs offering health, mental health, treatment for addictions, vocational services, elder services, and supportive communities in which to live. Today BRC operates a continuum of 27 programs throughout New York.

Thanks and we’ll see you in the morning!

PS: We know Monday 10/12 is a holiday but tickets will still be released at 11am! Set those alarms!

PPS: Fun fact. #socktober was created by Kid President & Brad Montague, who spoke at CreativeMornings/Nashville!


Image courtesy of Shutterstock

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.

Image courtesy of Shutterstock


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

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.