CreativeMornings in Louisville exists to foster a creative community that values and celebrates the creative life. Everyone is Creative, Everyone Is Welcome.
We believe the success and pride of our city relies on people flourishing creatively. Creatives are hidden gems in our society that we must better support and further develop to improve our economy, businesses, and quality of life. We believe in a world where everyone moves towards a greater creative confidence that produces more empathy as well as creative solutions that make our city even better. We desire everyone to feel included in the creative community and help them each unlock their creative potential. By celebrating and learning about other creatives and culture makers in our city, we will have greater advocacy and love for calling Louisville home.
What does it mean to be creative? And where do you go to find and meet other creatives in your city? In 2014, while in the early stages of determining programs for our creative economy initiative, we started to ask these types of questions at Access Ventures. These questions became the fuel that ended up driving us to start CreativeMornings in Louisville. Here’s a brief history and behind the scenes narrative to how CreativeMornings launched in our city.
Initially, Access Ventures’ first major effort to support creatives was through a program that resourced and funded local creators in Louisville to design and install art murals in the Shelby Park neighborhood. These were beautification projects that were connected to the theme of “Building Something Bigger Than Ourselves.” It was in these conversations with creators about our local creative community and the current challenges that exist in knowing who and where the creatives are in our city that we began exploring the possibility of starting a gathering for creatives as a way to identify, connect, and better support our local community.
The concept of CreativeMornings was simple: breakfast and a short talk one Friday morning a month. Every event would be free of charge and open to anyone. Today, attendees gather in 198 cities around the world to enjoy fresh coffee, friendly people, and an international array of breakfast foods. Volunteer hosts and their team members organize local chapters that not only celebrate a city’s creative talent but also promote an open space to connect with like-minded individuals. The growing archive of past talks ranges from design legends to hometown heroes. Speakers are selected by each chapter based on a global theme for that month.
CreativeMornings in Louisville is a catalyst for building and fostering the creative community. It is a community that empowers people and stimulates innovation and creativity which can ultimately drive inclusive and sustainable growth for local economies.
CreativeMornings has been a great solution for fostering community in Louisville and giving creatives a platform to share their experience and wisdom. With Access Ventures’ support as first-mover risk capital and the organizational support to commit the time and effort required for this radical idea to become reality, Louisville became the 101st CreativeMornings city and hosts one of the largest gatherings each month in the world. We have been able to provide a consistent gathering place through CreativeMornings for creatives to gather, be inspired, and challenged as well as learn from people from different backgrounds and experiences. We believe CreativeMornings is a worthy financial and human capital investment because it highlights how much you value creatives in your city.