BCRobyn Tells All About CMVan
Now this is nice. BCRobyn has been to quite a few Creative Mornings in her time, and in her post, she offers a “quick and dirty” breakdown of what goes down.
Check out the full post here.
A letter from a fanWe are very proud of the role CreativeMornings/Vancouver is playing in fostering a keener, more optimistic environment for creativity in Vancouver. Even more so when we get letters like this one - a wonderful example of what drives us to work so hard every month to produce the event:
I have always thought of myself as a “creative” - actor, writer, designer, storyteller, event creator are all hats I have happily worn. Over the last few years I have felt it increasingly difficult to generate enthusiasm for meaningful creativity. More to the point, when I create something (or witnessed others create) it seems such an uphill battle to get Vancouver to notice… or care. As the years have passed, the public’s perceived apathy has become my own. I don’t go the theatre. I don’t go to galleries or museums. I don’t go to concerts. Vancouver doesn’t seem to want to include me, so why would I want to support it?
After a few difficult years, I had resigned myself to the fact that it just wasn’t going to work out between us. Vancouver and I just don’t want the same things. Like a wife (or husband) who has exhausted all attempts to rekindle a fading relationship, I was ready to leave.
But something didn’t feel right about leaving, and I couldn’t put my finger on it. That is, until I went to Creative Mornings Vancouver with Amanda Gibbs. Peer pressure and career obligation had me out of bed early on a Friday morning, and I was none too pleased. (The free breakfast did slightly assuage my grumpiness.)
Amanda was wonderful and validated my feelings of isolation in this city. Her talk reminded me that my values of community building, creative engagement, and “kind silliness” are things that Vancouver needs to be a better city…. to be the city I want to love. I don’t have to go somewhere else where these things already exist in bounty, but need to be the creative leader I purport to be and enact these values in my own backyard.
I came home from Creative Mornings and dusted off a pile of “hair-brained, “that’s way too much work”, “why would you want to do that for no money” ideas that I had shelved. I moved them from the “That’ll Never Fly in Vancouver” pile to the “Why the Fuck Not?” pile.
So, in short, thank you.
I will keep you posted on what creative chaos ensues.
Jen HillDesign / Write / Produce
Events Chair 2011/12
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