The world is a f*cking shit show and if you're anything like me you know you wanna do something about it but you see yourself as
"just another artist"
"just another teacher"
"just another student"
"just another parent"
"just another normal person"
with nothing to give.
But the joke's on you because the world is burning to the ground while you're afraid to put on your cape and be the Creative Superhero that you f*cking are.
Our kids are in institutions instead of embracing their playful freedom. Learn how to break them free.
Our world likes to hide behind labels of "trauma informed" but ends up causing more trauma in return. Let's figure out another way.
We feign sympathy and can't find empathy. Find it here.
We don't know how to talk to one another and see each other as partners in creative life. Find your creative collaborator.
We get stuck in the capitalistic hellscape that is our economy. Let's figure out how to turn it on its head.
Neighbors are fighting neighbors and communities are crumbling. Discover how to intervene and bring resolution to the conflict.
Our friends feel hopeless and can't find a way forward. You know their strengths and their value. Develop a way to show them what you see.
Sometimes you even feel stuck. Pick yourself up and create your own damn opportunities.
CREATIVE HUMANS HELPING OTHER HUMANS LIVE BETTER LIVES.
Let me tell you- I'm seriously sick and tired of the navel gazing , the complaining, the "oh, there's nothing we can actually do to change the situation(s) we find ourselves in."
Get a grip. You know damn well that as a creative person, you're in the BEST damn position to change culture and society. Seriously. Stand up and get ready to put on your Creative Superheor cape and your big person panties and discover how to use your art, your creative genius, your superpowers as a catalyst for explosive growth in your world.
When other people are afraid to try something different, it's your job as a freaking Creative Leader to step in and take the risks. Then guess what happens? Everyone else follows.
Don't tell me I'm wrong. I've seen you out there leading the pack with your ingenuity.
Every once in a while, though, we need to pump the brakes and take a look at other perpsectives and have new conversations with other creative leaders so that we can join creative forces. This Summit is where you get to do that.
This f-ing event is the shit because you will learn more about how to make the world better in some kick-ass, ground-breaking, mind-shifting ways. By the time its all over, your Superpower muscles will be so swoll you won't know what to do with yourself.
Come on folx. You know how whack the past few years have been and we're all feeling burnt the f out. It's time to brush of the soot, break out our brightest red cape and transform into the Creative Leader you truly are.
Last year, I had the opportunity to host Matthew Burrows, MBE for a conversation in the BOLD CREATIVES COLLECTIVE conversation lounge. Much of the conversation with Matthew centered around generosity and community, as well as human creativity being an innate characteristic and our most precious gift. Creativity (big 'C') is essential for our survival and our ability to thrive as human beings.
Ever since that conversation, I've been considering what the concept of creative leadership means to me, and in particular, the role that community and generosity has in respect to the artist and the creative person and in how they interact with and make an impact on the world around them. I've been thinking about how these qualities interact with the world in order to facilitate community amongst one another, and improve society as a whole.
Your Keynote Speaker
The GROW Creative Placemaking Summit Speakers
Thursday, November 3
9:00am: Welcome / TJ Walsh
9:10am: Keynote: The Impacts of Limiting Creativity & Play in 2022 / Peter Andrew Danzig
10:15am: Lessons from the Stage / Kari Ginsburg
11:00am: Lunch Break
11:30am: Play, Learn, Grow: How We Can Shape the Future of Kids' Education / Heather Horrell
12:15pm: Owning Your Superpowers / Dana Kaplan
1:00pm: R.O.W.H.O.M.(e): How Broken Dishes Helped Rebuild a Neighborhood / Val Gay
1:50pm: [Re]Generative Placemaking: Stepping Beyond 'Trauma-Informed' / Michael O'Bryan
2:20pm: Burnout, Send Snacks: How Practicing Empathy Can Unleash Your Creativity / Dr. Kristen Donnelly
2:50pm: Wrap up and End / TJ Walsh
Friday, November 4
9:00am: Welcome / TJ Walsh
9:10am: What Makes a Creative Economy Grow? / Karin Copeland
10:15am: Taking a Strength-based Approach to Career Development & Community Impact / Hailey Hechtman
11:00am: Lunch Break
11:30am: Creating Spaces for Society Change in the Emotional Age / Hannah Rechtschaffen
12:15pm: Coming Home to Your Creative Practice: Disability Mindset & Community Interdependence / Charlie J. Meyers
1:10pm: Be Who You Want to See: First Generation Immigrants in the Arts / Scarlet Hernandez
1:55pm: Professional Practice: Thinking Outside of the White Cube Box / Creating Opportunity / Erika b. Hess
2:40pm: Closing / TJ Walsh
HERE'S JUST SOME OF THE EXCITING OUTCOMES YOU'LL RECEIVE BY INVESTING YOUR TIME AT THE GROW CREATIVE LEADERSHIP SUMMIT
The GROW Creative Placemaking Summit will be held live online via Zoom. Link(s) to sessions will be emailed to you via the email address that you registered with for the summit, so it's important that you watch for and open all emails from us. The recordings of each session will be available to attendees for one week following the live event.
The summit costs $495 for access to the entire live event + 1 week of replay access.
This summit is PERFECT for artists, creatives, and culture bearers who want to help make their communities more inclusive, connected, and resilient through the use of their creativity, artistry, and ingenuity.
If you can't make it to the live summit on November 3rd and 4th, no worries! There is a refund policy up until the day before the event begins (November 2).
YES! We want to be able to gather people from all over the place and the easiest way to do that is to hold our summit online.