Once a month on a Friday morning, 200-plus communities around the world hold free gatherings at a local venue, each with their own guest speaker but all on the same topic. The program called CreativeMornings was founded in 2008 by Tina Roth Eisenberg, a designer in New York City. Now there are 202 chapters, from Amsterdam to Zurich, from Albuquerque to Washington, D.C., with Louisville and Lexington in between.
CreativeMornings Louisville launched in January 2015 at 21c Museum Hotel Louisville with 175 people in attendance to hear Alice Gray Stites speak. She is 21c’s chief curator and museum director. Since then, the Louisville chapter has averaged 400 to 450 people in attendance at 10 different venues.
“Our audience is very diverse, from college students to CEOs of companies to freelance workers,” said founding chapter host Ben Terry. By day he is a partner at Access Ventures, an impact investment firm that invests to create programs that help build a more inclusive and creative economy.
“We believe CreativeMornings in Louisville is the front door to our city,” Terry said. “It’s a way for people to get connected and learn who the culture-makers are in our communities that will ultimately drive them to feel more rooted.”
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