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April 19, 8:30am • Virginia Repertory Theatre's November Theatre • part of a series on Inclusive
March’s theme is WATER
It’s the main source of all life. The lifeblood element that makes up 60% of our bodies. It’s the liquid that we don’t drink enough of, yet waste effortlessly. It’s home to millions of species, mysteries, and undiscovered knowledge.
We know more about the stars in the sky than the depths of our oceans. We can use it to save lives. If used foolishly, it can take lives. We think there is an abundance, yet only one percent can be touched. If we don’t protect our waters, then what will happen to life?
Richmond, join us on March 15th to explore together.
SYMMETRY | PAUL CASSIMUS
Paul Cassimus, formerly of King of Pops had us “sitting on the curb, being vulnerable” this February.
- Venue Institute of Contemporary Art at VCU
- Coffee & Breakfast A Sharper Palate
- Videography Burneson Film
- Photography Wingo Visual Arts
- In Kind Printing Keith Fabry
February’s theme is SYMMETRY What do a planet, an attractive face, and a snowflake have in a common?
Symmetry is prevalent throughout life. You can fold a sunflower in half, stories have an arc, and the human body can bend and create mesmerizing shapes. There are also irregularities that enhances life; it adds beauty and complexity. If there’s symmetry in nature, then there must be a kind of symmetry in the way we lead our lives.
Symmetry cannot be possible without asymmetry, the same way sadness magnifies joy.
Alan Lightman wrote in The Accidental Universe, “I would claim that symmetry represents order, and we crave order in this strange universe we find ourselves in.” But chaos will happen whether we like it or not, it’s how we respond to it that either creates order or more chaos.
When in chaos, create your symmetry.
Tickets go live on Monday, February 11th at 10:00 am.
SURREAL | MARCEL AMES
Marcel Ames of X of Pentacles gave us a dose of reality and empowerment as he shared his story about how surreal events in his life led to the most creative adventures.
- Venue Virginia Museum of History & Culture
- Coffee & Breakfast Chairlift
- Videography Joey Tran, Double Take
- Photography Paige Stevens Photography
- In Kind Printing Keith Fabry
See more of the global action with #CMsurreal.
MEET OUR JANUARY SPEAKER: MARCEL AMES
Before Marcel Ames became the guy in wingtips, he was on-track to join the boys in blue. The Richmond native was gearing up for a career in law enforcement when life—in the form of a concussion suffered during training—set the 30-year-old on a new path. Today, he produces pocket squares, ties and made-to-measure suits, as well as a collection of women’s scarves set to debut later this summer, which can be purchased from Ames directly.
Read more about Ames’ inspiration in this Virginia Living article here.
Meet us for coffee and creative inspiration on Friday, January 18th at the Virginia Museum of History & Culture as we explore this month’s global theme #CMsurreal. Tickets go live for this month’s event on Monday, January 14 at 10am.
January’s theme is SURREAL.
When you look at the artwork of Frida Kahlo or Salvador Dalí, there’s an element of surprise. Why does it feel familiar yet also otherworldly? Surrealists sought to break free from the shackles of the rational mind and dive into the deep end of the unconscious. The canvas, then, became a mirror for what emerged out of that process. This movement was inspired by events in the 1920s on the heels of the first world war and continues to influence artists, writers, photographers, and filmmakers.
This cultural and artistic movement ushered in new techniques that helped humans expand their minds. Today, we recognize a sense of the surreal in unexpected moments in daily life. Art exhibits like Yayoi Kusama’s Infinity Room are becoming readily available, encouraging people to immerse themselves in experiences that break reality. A ballet performance or a silent meditation retreat can be a dreamlike experience.
Whether we experience a surreal moment or dabble in processes like drawing without thinking or writing without self-editing, there’s something to be learned about ourselves and what lingers under the hood of our desires to keep life orderly and controlled. Happy New Year! Our Brussels chapter chose this month’s exploration of Surreal and Charlotte Dumortier illustrated the theme. SURREAL is presented globally this month by WordPress.com.
Join our exploration on January 18th. Tickets go live January 14th at 10 am.
TRADITION | MIRANDA ANDERSON
Miranda Anderson of Live Free Creative encouraged us to bridge creativity and tradition with intention at our last event of 2018.
- Venue Studio Two Three
- Breakfast Mahogany Sweets
- Coffee Legacy Roasting Company
- Videography Eric Hales, Off the Wire Studios
- Photography Jeff Wingo, Wingo Visual Arts
- In Kind Printing Keith Fabry
See more of the global action with #CMtradition.
MEET MIRANDA ANDERSON, our December #CMtradition speaker.
Q: Tell us how you you landed in Richmond.
A: We lived in Northern Virginia for several years before moving to Austin, Texas. When an opportunity opened up for my husband to take an in-house council position in Richmond, we knew we would love the city and the lifestyle, so it was a no brainer! We moved into a small rental while we house hunted for a few months. Then we found our sweet fixer upper in the near west end and have been under renovation since January last year. We’re ready to finish up soon!
Q: How do you measure success in your creative endeavors? In your life?
A: I measure success in my creative endeavors by what I can control: Am I doing the things that make me happy, regardless of how they are received? Am I learning something new? Am I feeling fulfilled in my everyday life? When I can say “Yes” to these questions, I feel like I am on the correct path both in my creativity and in my life.
Q: What inspires you locally?
A: I love the mix of history and innovation in Richmond. The colonial homes and giant trees combined with new restaurants, thriving local businesses, and edgy street art gives the city a feeling of wholeness. The creative entrepreneur scene has been really open and welcoming with events like CreativeMornings, Rebelle Con, and spaces like The Broad intentionally giving a home to people working towards a more creative, connected life.
Q: Your topic is on tradition. What’s one tradition you have ditched in the past? What’s one you’ve created?
A: I love traditions, and I have learned not all of them serve me. One tradition I have ditched is frying hot donuts for trick-or-treaters. We did it for years and loved the community we built, but as our kids have gotten older it didn’t make sense and we wanted to spend time actually walking the neighborhood with them. So we let it go.
One tradition we have created in our family is to celebrate our marriage anniversary as a “Family Birthday”. We get a cake, take a family picture, and sing happy birthday to our family. It is fun for our kids to feel involved in our anniversary and look forward to it. And of course we also take a couple days to go away and celebrate as a couple without the kids, too.
Q: We’ve heard you’ve experience with CreativeMornings in other cities! Tell us how you became involved in this community.
A: I was introduced to CreativeMornings when I moved to Austin, Texas. I think my husband was the one who stumbled upon the community as he was looking for local events to be involved with. We both attended frequently, and loved meeting and connecting to both other creatives and the local venues and restaurants who provided space and food. I was invited to teach a hands-on workshop at the CreativeMornings Summit and had an amazing time teaching indigo dyeing to CreativeMorning volunteers from around the world!
Hear more from Miranda at our last event of the year at Studio Two Three on Friday, December 14th. Tickets go LIVE Monday, December 10th at 10am here.
December’s theme is TRADITION. Traditions are sacred because they cultivate consistency and a sense of belonging. It’s the bread and butter for fostering connection and community. We’re in a time where traditions are being challenged and remixed. We question how they came to be and the context in how (or if) they fit into the future. “This is just the way it is” is a statement of fear, not possibility. It undermines the human capacity to adapt and create change. Traditions are made by us, for us, so therefore they can be reinvented with intention and imagination. You may not start the next national holiday, but you can bring to the table your generosity, your kindness, your vision and heart to create a more welcoming future.
Our last 2018 global theme TRADITION was chosen Barranquilla chapter and Andrés M. Felfle illustrated the theme.
RESTART | CABELL HARRIS
Cabell Harris of Work Labs shared his #CMrestart perspective with us this November as we celebrated our third birthday.
- Venue Dogtown Dance Theatre
- Breakfast & Coffee Brewers Cafe
- Videography Fotochrome Design
- Photography Sound Snap Photo
- Instagram Takeover ICF Olson
- In Kind Printing Keith Fabry
See more of the global action with #CMrestart.