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“Align your inner truth to how you show up every day… We have to become aware of our intentions.“ - Elizabeth Smartt

Elizabeth Smartt talked naming and INTENTION with us #CreativeMorning this July. Follow the global conversation at #CMintention.

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Special Thanks to our Local Partners at Capital OneIdeaWeaversFahrenheit / Creative and Digital, and ICF Olson 

Another wonderful morning. Thanks for joining us! 

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If you look closely, you can see the intention behind the action, a project, or a sassy tweet. 

Intention is palpable. A hand-written thank you resonates in our hearts more strongly than an email. One person standing for something pales in comparison to a community fighting for something. Beautiful work is not on accident. Beauty grows from the seed of a clear intention. 

How do we get better at setting clear intentions?

The same way we improve at anything: with practice, self-awareness, feedback from friends, and learning how to show up more wholeheartedly.

This month’s global exploration of Intention was chosen by our Nashville chapter, and illustrated by Nik Daum. Thank you to MailChimp, Adobe, and WordPress.com for supporting our global creative community. 

Tickets go LIVE on Monday, July 16 at 10:00 am here

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“Creativity is recognizing the boxes we put around ourselves. To often we make barriers, when we should be making conversations.“ - Alyssa Salomon

We crafted crafts, drank Groundup Coffee RVA, ate sweet goodness from Chairlift at Brenner Pass, participated in a community weaving project and heard from special guest Alyssa Salomon - all in one great #CreativeMorning this June.

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Special Thanks to our Local Partners at Ideaweavers and ICF Olson - Richmond Office.

Thank you for keeping creativity alive in Richmond!

June’s global theme is CRAFT. 

Tickets go live on Monday, June 11 at 10:00 am.

A craft is the instrument in which the authenticity of your being is communicated. Your craft is like a portal to your inner world, and as an artist, it’s your duty to pull it out of the vortex. Craft is a catalyst for our identity and the soil for cultivating meaning. It behooves us to realize that who we are and become—our values, beliefs, thoughts, observations—influence what comes out of the violin, sketch, or photograph, not the other way around. This month’s global exploration of Craft was chosen by our Mumbai chapter, illustrated by Hemali Vadalia, and presented by Adobe.


“This city needs you. Its people need you. Needs your time, talent, energy, creativity, money, voice, art, your joy, your smile, laugh, and courage. Share your life and give in to making the investments that bring change to people’s lives." 

- Todd B. Waldo

Todd Waldo’s hope for RVA left us with a challenge to deeper commitment. Follow along at #CMcommitment for more from this month’s global theme.

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Special Thanks to our Local Partners at The Robinson Theater, Capital One, ICF Olson, Idea Weavers, and Fahrenheit Creative & Digital. 

Thank you to our stellar team who make each event amazing! 

We’re talking COMMITMENT in May. 

A commitment is a promise to show up whether you’re having a good or bad day. It’s a behavior and mindset that signifies the posture of a professional. It’s about saying yes with your whole heart.

A creative life is built on the commitments you make to projects and people. It can feel like a leap of faith. But is that not the very essence of leading a creative life?

This month’s global exploration of Commitment was chosen by our Vienna chapter and illustrated by Florine Glück. Thank you to our global partners MailChimp, Adobe, and WordPress.com for their ongoing support of the CreativeMornings community.

Tickets for this event will go live Monday, May 14 at 10:00 am.


“Creative ideas to move forward come from breaking the rules of the game.”

Ali Greenberg, founder of The Broad, shared the four rules to her game at April’s event. We played some nostalgic games like Simon Says and even found Waldo. Take a look at the global expressions here: #CMgame.

Special Thanks to our Allstar Team and Local Partners at Capital One, ICF Olson, and  IdeaWeavers


Tickets go LIVE, Monday, April 16 

Throughout human history, games were about winning or losing.

Author James P. Carse extends this concept beautifully in Finite and Infinite Games: “A finite game is played for the purpose of winning, an infinite game for the purpose of continuing the play.”

Which game are you playing with your art?

It’s a question worth asking everyday. Is this decision, this attitude, sending you down a short game or long game? The same energy that we spend chasing rewards and likes can be refocused to loving our craft and shipping our best work.

Keep your eyes on the journey, not the prize.

This month’s global exploration of Game was chosen by our Liège chapter and illustrated by Jeffrey Phillips. This month is presented by our global partner MailChimp.


“You are far more courageous that you give yourself credit for.” 

We conquered fears and sure didn’t stop believing as we explored the theme of courage with Yewande Austin of Change Rocks Foundation

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Special Thanks to our Local Partners at Capital One, ICF Olson, Fahrenheit IT, IdeaWeavers

March’s theme is COURAGE. 

Tickets go LIVE March 12 at 10:00 am. 

We need your courage. It’s going to be risky and will require vulnerability. A posture of empathy and curiosity will empower you. And above all, you must take action.

When researching or writing about courage, other traits fall into the mix: risk, vulnerability, curiosity, empathy, and action. It seems, then, that courage has nothing to do with your title or level of expertise. It’s not for the few or the gifted. It’s an act of humanity, of choosing to take an action that is risky because it demands vulnerability and curiosity. 

Courage has no specific form and knows no bounds. From starting a side project to the act of listening when you would rather interject, every day we are wrapped in opportunities to exercise courage.

This month is presented by our global partner WordPress.com. This month’s global exploration of Courage was chosen by our Oakland chapter and illustrated by Annie Wong.