This CreativeMornings Philadelphia event was generously hosted by our partners at The Navy Yard

Derrick Cain is a Philadelphia native and is passionate about shifting the paradigm and challenging stereotypes. Most recently, Derrick was a 2019 Reentry Think Media Justice Fellow (at People’s Paper Co-op), where he created and told stories about returning citizens that challenge stereotypes and illuminates hurdles to reentry. Derrick has several years of experience as an advocate for criminal justice reform, public and motivational speaker. In addition to serving as a volunteer and mentor for several organizations, Derrick is the Chair of the Professional Mens Group with Menzfit, where he helps formerly incarcerated individuals by connecting them to resources.

All photos taken by Steve Weinik

Aaron Muderick is the inventor of Thinking Putty® and president of Crazy Aaron’s, a toy manufacturer based in Norristown, PA. With magnetic, UV light-reactive, heat-sensitive, crystal-clear, glow-in-the-dark and color-shifting varieties, Aaron brought bouncing putty into the 21st century. Thinking Putty brings joy, wonder, and fun to children and adults in over fifty countries all over the world.

All photos taken by Heather McBride

Marisa McClellan is a food blogger, cookbook author, and canning teacher based in Center City Philadelphia. She is the author of Food in Jars, Preserving by the Pint, Naturally Sweet Food in Jars, and The Food in Jars Kitchen. She is also the cohost of a podcast for obsessed home cooks called Local Mouthful. She has written for a variety of publications, including Fine Cooking, Taproot Magazine, and Food52. You can find more of Marisa’s jams, pickles, and preserves (all cooked up in her 80-square-foot kitchen) at

All photos taken by Steve Weinik.

Mikey Ilagan is a Product Manager on the Comcast Accessibility Team. He’s spent the past decade building digital experiences using a lifetime of passion for technology. Today, he uses a diverse background to work with product teams to ensure Xfinity’s offerings are usable and well-designed for customers using assistive technology.

All photos taken by Steve Weinik.

In this talk, Eileen Flanagan uses the theme of water to show how we are irrevocably connected to each other through the water we drink and the rivers that are central to our economy, including the Delaware. 

All photos by Steve Weinik.

Through art, there is potential for people to be delighted and inspired, says Philadelphia muralist Meg Saligman in this January 2019 talk on the surreal.

All photos taken by Ryan Collerd.

“Cheese is simultaneously alive and decomposing… just like us.” Alexandra Jones, one-third of the team behind Collective Creamery, spoke to us about how cheese ties into tradition in America in this December 2018 talk.

All photos by Steve Weinik.

How does resettling in a new place shape our lives? In their November 2018 talk, Fouad and Nora of Swarthmore College’s Friends, Peace, and Sanctuary project, driven by questions about displacement and refuge, history and experience, the project explored art’s capacity to build empathy and create a deeper sense of belonging.

All photos by Steve Weinik.