Ignite Creativity with CreativeMornings

by Bri Kilroy

Equality was the theme of Grand Rapids’ previous CreativeMorning, held last month at Creston Brewery (1504 Plainfield Ave. NE), and each person who attended the free monthly breakfast lecture received a nametag with space to write their name followed by the prompt “Equality =” in which they would write what equality means to them.

The responses were as eclectic as the range of attendees: Equality = diversity, equality = love and open mindedness, equality = opportunity to be a citizen and the person you want to be, and so on. Not only did this casual exercise open a platform for greetings and discussion, but it also revealed the endless extent to which “equality” can be defined.

“Inspiration and conversation is our main goal for our monthly events,” host for Creative Mornings Grand Rapids, Molly Singleterry, said. “We like to get people together to see old friends, casually network and walk away feeling inspired.”

CreativeMornings began in 2008 when a woman named Tina Roth Eisenberg developed an ongoing event for New York’s creative community. Cities from around the world began embracing the concept, and CreativeMornings grew into a worldwide opportunity for people to gather, listen and be inspired–all before the clock hits noon. Grand Rapids joined the list of host cities in 2014 thanks to local designer Julia Jamieson-Swenson “convincing headquarters we had a large enough creative community to foster these events,” Singleterry said.

Local sponsors and generous venues lending their space keep the event free and open to the public, inviting everyone to come in and enjoy a free breakfast featuring an assortment of breakfast bites along with every creative’s fuel: coffee! August’s CreativeMornings event takes place August 10, 8:30 a.m. at the Grand Rapids Art Museum (GRAM) and encompasses the theme “genius.” Speaking at the event are Oum and Namh Lahade, two teenage brothers who created the YouTube channel Mega Mind Academy, which transforms everything from basic to advanced math into comprehensive videos that serve as a helpful learning resource for kids.

Doors open at 8:30 a.m. and attendees spend the first 30 minutes prepping their plate of breakfast goodies, chatting over a fresh cup of Ferris coffee and settling into a seat before the Lahade brothers take the stage to share their definition of genius and open the floor to discuss what yours is.

Although free, register for the event at CreativeMornings.com so the host can ensure you have a seat. Arrive with an open mind, a thoughtful yearning and an appetite for some of the tastiest scones you’ll ever have. Even if you don’t identify as “creative,” refer to the opening line of CreativeMornings manifesto: Everyone is creative.

What: CreativeMornings Grand Rapids: Genius
Where: Grand Rapids Art Museum, 101 Monroe Center St. NW, Grand Rapids
When: August 10, 8:30-10 a.m.
Cost: Free
Why: Because “everyone is creative and everyone is welcome.” – CreativeMornings manifesto

Michelle, Emily and Baby Nora at July’s CreativeMornings, held at Creston Brewery.

Bri Kilroy is a Grand Valley and AmeriCorps alumna who learned to type through vigorous Mavis Beacon trainings. She also passes as an artist, illustrator and author of this bio.



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