Even though the tour doesn't start until mid-June we did the first event in my hometown of Northampton, MA this past Sunday.
This was a trial run to see if the vision had merit and IT DID!
"It was great to get together with people I had never met, but who I felt I could get to know in a matter of minutes because of our love of being creative. I was so attentive to all the conversations around me and was fascinated by all the creativity out there, whether people were writers, singers or illustrators. I was also great to be surrounded by lots of materials! It was a great way to try something new!"
- Elizabeth Steele, participant
Elizabeth Steele came from a couple hours away because she heard about the Jumpstart Creativity Tour through Stephanie Levy's Creative Courage ecourse. Stephanie Levy lives in Germany. Such a great example of the connections and network we have!
We held the event in a new bar/restaurant called Hinge on Main Street. We were on the top floor with plenty of space to play. They set up a line of tables for us which we covered in plastic and then supplies.
When guests came in they were given their inspiration kits and given a quick introduction to what was happening. They could make a small book, some mail art, follow a prompt that was scattered around the table, or just go whatever they felt like doing. People ordered food and drinks from the bar and everyone participated, even some folks who hadn't made art for years.
Along with organizing this first event, I have been hard at work finalizing the route. I am almost done confirming the locations. In each one I need a host who can connect me with local venues, media, and housing so this has meant a lot of email flying back and forth! But it is almost done.
The Kickstarter only has 12 more days to go! And we still need $8,600! Please help by passing this along. We want to bring this event to 50 locations across the country, but we need help getting there. Thanks!
See more pictures in the blog post.