Insecurity and creativity are intertwined. By confronting what makes us uncomfortable, we can overcome what holds us back and discover who we really are on our journey to become the most creative versions of ourselves.

But discovering yourself is difficult in a world that’s not reflective of who you are. For people who come from traditionally marginalized backgrounds – including Black, Indigenous and People of Colour – that makes growing into creativity even more difficult. On Friday, June 26, CreativeMornings Ottawa will host a panel discussion on insecurity, creativity and inclusion. The panelists will bring their personal relationship with insecurity and the unique challenge of confronting what makes them uncomfortable in a world that frequently marginalizes diverse voices. The event will highlight these panelists’ efforts to create spaces of inclusion and representation and, in the process, create environments where people are free to celebrate who they are.

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On Friday, June 26, CreativeMornings Ottawa hosted a panel discussion on insecurity, creativity and inclusion. The panelists shared their personal relationship with insecurity and the unique challenge of confronting what makes them uncomfortable in a world that frequently marginalizes diverse voices. This talk highlights these panelists’ efforts to create spaces of inclusion and representation and, in the process, create environments where people are free to celebrate who they are.

Sharon Nyangweso(Moderator) Founder and CEO of QuakeLab, a full-stack communications and inclusion agency.

Lindsay Kavanagh is a digital marketing expert and the co-founder of Dapper & Daring, an online directory of LGBTQ+ friendly businesses in the Ottawa region.

Harar Hall is a queer Jamaican-Canadian multi-disciplinary artist, poet and baker currently living, working and creating on unceded and unsurrendered Algonquin/ Anishinaabe territory.

Claudia Gutierrez is a Latin-Canadian artist living in Ottawa. Her studies specialized in painting and printmaking, recently informing her exploration of textile work after completing residencies in Canada and Mexico.

Kevin Bourne is a Toronto-native turned Ottawa-based media/entertainment entrepreneur, freelance journalist, and media personality.

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