Next Omaha speaker

Katie Kemerling

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May 12, 8:00am • Union for Contemporary Art • part of a series on Serendipity

Check out these four inspiring human beings who have been attending our events!

John Henry Muller – John is the design director at Hudl and is passionate about people. “Art exists to give humans a better understanding of the world around them. Design exists to make the world function better for humans.” More>>

Rita Paskowitz – Rita is a storyteller and performance art teacher who delivers a dynamic experience whether as an actress on stage or through her teaching. “I believe if we all knew each others stories, we would have world peace.” More>>

Mackenzie Frei – As a student Mackenzie was told she would become enslaved in the commercial realm or need to take ‘the risk’ and leave for the coasts, although she found creative opportunities exist here. “We can all learn from each other and influence positive change.” More>>

Jamaal Chinn – Jamaal is drumming up attention for arts and culture in Nebraska through his creative agency WKND LDRS. He hopes to inspire others to create the environments they want to be in and not feel guilty about pushing the envelope for the arts and culture scene right here. More>>

By: Dan McCann

Photos by Eric Francis

After the CreativeMornings on Friday, January 13, with guest Dana Altman, I left with a buzz… the natural kind of buzz that comes from laughing a bit, having thoughts provoked and being surrounded by spirited, creative people. 

I’ve worked with producer/director Dana in the past – so I already knew I liked the guy. But it was a trip (more like a wild ride) actually hearing him talk about his process. The title of his presentation? “Mystery: The Basis of My Insanity.” So, that set the stage. For Dana, it’s all about preparation (ingesting as much data as possible), incubation (letting it stew and seeing what emerges), and verification (making sure the end product fits the bill). He touched on the psychology of creativity, veered into the genesis of Friday the 13th (among other topics), and left us with a quote from Neil Armstrong: “Mystery creates wonder and wonder is the basis of man’s desire to understand.” I loved that – enough to “sticky note it” and affix it to my laptop. Read more>>

Our inaugural CreativeMornings - Omaha is in the books! Nearly 100 attendees shared a morning full of inspiration, hugs and high-fives. Oh yeah, and some great coffee!