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Get up: Friday brings Creative Mornings, the monthly morning gathering of local creative types. Each event includes a 20-minute lecture and a 20-minute group discussion. It begins at 8:30 a.m. and ends with everyone splitting for work at 10 a.m. This month’s speaker, Ian Ruhter, is an old school photographer. Way old-school. He is an artist who sought to restore some of the depth and soul of the photograph by returning to technologies and methods more than 100 years old. He captures on film what he could not achieve with present day equipment. This event is free but is registration is required. Friday, April 5, 8:30-10 a.m. Dodson House (25 E Hastings) Free creativemorningsvancouver.eventbrite.com/

This Friday brings Creative Mornings, the monthly morning gathering for creative types. Each event includes a 20 minute lecture followed by a 20 minute group discussion. It begins at 8:30am and ends with everyone splitting for work at 10am. This month’s speaker, Ian Ruhter, is an old school photographer. Way old-school. This is an artist who sought to restore some of the depth and soul of the photograph by returning to over 100 year old technologies and methods. He captures on film what he could not achieve with present day equipment. Sign-up for a ticket here (they get snapped up FAST, so don’t wait.)
Friday, April 5 | 8:30-10am | Dodson House (25 E Hastings) | Free |

"If I could travel into the future I would…"

Answer and be entered to win a hassle-free ticket to hear Ian Ruhter on April 5 at the Dodson House.

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Photography, which for me had started as an art form, over the last several years has evolved into something less personal and true, a process that has become vapid, much less inspiring, and therefore significantly less fulfilling.

As my career progressed, with technological advances in the image-making process I lost sight of the old way of making images. I began to lose all connection to the search for the most important component of the photographic art, the never-ending search for that image, absent any words or supporting information, reveals a hidden truth. This all changed when I began working with a nineteenth century process called wet plate collodion that would take my art and my life in a new direction. This revelation in which I embrace the past and utilize the technological advances of the future allowed me to find the component that I have been searching for.

In the process of losing my way it had taken me on a tremendous journey back to the 1800’s. I had time-traveled the way you would in a dream. Taking me backwards into the future, a future where you paint with silver and light.

CMV: How do you define creativity and apply it in your career?

IR: Creativity to me is when you are doing what’s in your heart. In the past 2 years I have been working on the Silver & Light project that represents who I am. I am hoping I will get jobs based on this work.

CMV: Where do you find your best creative inspiration?

IR: I find my creative inspiration in nature. I believe Mother Nature is the curator of all art.

CMV: What’s the one creative advice or tip you wish you’d known as a young person?

IR: The advice I wish I had known is each mistake or failure brings you one step closer to your dream.

CMV: Who would you like to hear speak at CreativeMornings?

IR: I wish I could hear Leonardo De Vinci speak.

CMV: What was the best advice you were ever given?

IR: One day I was complaining about my problems to my grandfather. He told me if everyone threw their problems out in the street and you could see what everyone’s were, you would go back and pick up your own.

CMV: Where is your favorite place to escape?

IR: My favorite place to escape to is my dreams. In my dreams I am free to travel the way a child does. There are no rules and there are limitless possibilities. In the past few years it has been harder to define what is a dream and what is reality.

Ian Ruther speaks at CM/Vancouver Friday, April 5, at 8:30 am. To get a ticket, sign up here.

If you missed Natacha’s talk at CMVan last month, you are in luck. The video of his talk is now up on Vimeo. Check it out! If you appreciate the work the CreativeMornings/Vancouver volunteers are doing, please click the “Donate" button below to help ensure the continued success of these important creative community events.

Natacha V. Beim is recognized internationally as an educational leader, author, speaker, child advocate and parenting expert. She created an educational approach based on children’s brain development and the values of contribution and empathy. In 1996, she founded Core Education & Fine Arts Junior Kindergarten schools, which are highly recognized in North America. Born in Uruguay and raised in Montréal, Canada, she has traveled extensively and studied educational systems around the world. As a pioneer in the field of modern education, Beim continually pursues studies in the field developmental psychology focusing on the early years.

Beim strongly believes in the power of a well-rounded education. A published poet at the young age of 16, Beim speaks three languages and has worn many hats including teacher, ballerina, model, journalist, painter, writer, actress (theatre) and runner. While she still devotes time to these interests, her passion now lies in helping the next generation of young learners by creating North America’s most regarded junior kindergarten program.

Natacha V. Beim won Top 40 Under 40 Entrepreneur Award; WOW Woman of Worth Award for Empowered Educator; and was a Women of Distinction Award finalist for Education Training and Development, two years in a row.

The CEFA methodology has been used successfully for more than 15 years in schools across North America. Beim designed the curriculum as an open learning source, meaning leading educators continually contribute to it, allowing the most creative, up-to-date and advanced philosophies to be incorporated. CEFA teachers are great thinkers, trained to question “what and why” they teach their students. They are empowered to adapt the curriculum to meet the unique needs of each student.

Beim’s progressive view on education and incredible passion for life, have made her a fascinating speaker, enriching parents and educators alike. She now resides in Vancouver, Canada, with her husband and two sons. There she divides her time between research, writing, speaking engagements and her most important accomplishment to date – being a mom.

“I always wanted to be a teacher, to help others find their passion in life. Through Core Education & Fine Arts, I know that children have an incredible opportunity to not only explore and learn, but to discover how they can contribute to the world.” - Natacha V. Beim

You can find out about CEFA at www.cefa.ca

CMV: How do you define creativity and apply it in your career?

NB: Creativity to me has so many definitions, but the one I want to talk about is creativity as being a a way of thinking.

For some reason, since I was a little girl, I always looked at the best way of doing things rather than looking at the way they had been done up to that point. If there was a better way, I would do everything I could to make sure everyone benefited from what I had come up with. That is why I see it as a way of thinking. Creativity affects absolutely every decision you make, everything you do.

My career is a perfect example of that. Since I was two years old, I knew I wanted to be a teacher. When I finally became a teacher, I realized there was a better way to teach, and tried to convince others. When everyone decided it was too hard to change things, I opened my own school. Now we have 12 schools, and we are opening two more each month. And still, my job each day is to research and develop new ways of teaching, new material, new games.

CMV: Where do you find your best creative inspiration?

NB: Everywhere! Everywhere we go, everything we look at is a catalyst for creativity to me, but if I have to pick the one place where all of that gets distilled into more concrete ideas, I would have to say in the shower :) I think that’s the only place where I am not doing two things at once, so my mind is free to start putting things together. Plus there’s something about hot water!

CMV: What’s the one creative advice or tip you wish you’d known as a young person?

NB: Collaborate. The synergy you get when collaborating is amazing for all involved, and takes you places far beyond your own reach.

CMV: Who would you like to hear speak at CreativeMornings?

NB: Raymond Boisjoly.

CMV: What keeps you awake at night?

NB: A million things I still want to do but would need another two or three lives to do :) I have so many ideas, so many books I want to write, so many things I missed for lack of time!! Last night, my son was not feeling well and woke me up at 3am. I took care of him and within 15 minutes, he was asleep again until this morning. But those 15 minutes getting medicine and sitting quietly by his bedside stroking his hair till he fell asleep were so amazing, that I stayed up till six just recording all these articles I had been meaning to write, and thinking about a couple of projects that have been on my mind. Then I finally went back to my room to sleep.

CMV: What are you proudest of in ?

NB: Giving children a voice in our community. The children in our schools, as young as 1 and not older than 5, all know that we value their contribution (be it art, ideas, a point of view, projects, whatever). We also expect them to contribute to our community. They helped me design classrooms and spaces the way they wanted to have them, they built schools in developing countries, they contributed to re-building Haiti after the earthquake, and they also invented songs, wrote books, and shared their wisdom as equals.

Imagine children’s thoughts being taken seriously:
- We’d have about 1/3 more contributing, committed citizens
- We’d have thousands of excellent, fresh ideas
- We’d have a new way of looking at things.

CMV: Question?

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CMV: Question?

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Natacha V. Beim speaks at CM/Vancouver next Friday, March 1st, at 8:30 am. To get a ticket, sign up here.
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