Creativity+ Play: Grace Loescher & Nick Brunner
Jul
18
5:30 PM17:30

Creativity+ Play: Grace Loescher & Nick Brunner

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This summer, Creativity+ is hosting the second Speakers Series of 2019. The theme is Play: an activity essential to creativity and social well-being, but often overlooked as frivolous or unproductive. Each Creativity+ Play event will feature conversations with two speakers from diverse backgrounds offering their unique perspective on the topic. First up are Grace Loescher and Nick Brunner.

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GRACE LOESCHER
Grace Loescher is a practicing artist, published poet, professional advocate for homeless youth, part time emcee/host, and full time activist. She is also a failed gardener and semi-professional tinkerer. She holds a B.A. in Studio Art and has exhibited works in a variety of locations including an interactive installation of a life size confessional booth in the Cornell Fine Arts Museum in Orlando FL.

Grace is the co-founder and host of Speak Out Sacramento, a local open mic and breeding ground for creatives. For the past four years, Grace has served as a trusted member of the Waking the Village team, a local nonprofit working to better the lives of Sacramento’s homeless youth. During her time at Waking the Village, Grace dreamt up and currently runs the Creation District, a safe haven for creation, discovery, activism, daring, and dream-making for Sacramento’s youth and young adults experiencing homelessness and economic instability.

She partners with local charter schools to teach social justice through the arts as well as with the national nonprofit, College Track, to teach art, theatre, and writing to high school students from underserved communities. In her spare time, Grace can be found producing Broadway musicals in her backyard and scavenging treasures from other people’s trash piles.

Her work can be found at www.gracemakesstuff.com

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NICK BRUNNER
Nick Brunner grew up in rural Illinois with his sister and parents within a vast expanse of corn fields. He discovered NPR in college when he was hired to work at WGLT-FM in Normal, Illinois (the real name of a real town). That’s where he came to appreciate the colors public broadcasting painted amid a drab and predictable radio landscape. His delusions of sophistication often don’t match his modest lifestyle and as a result, he spends time trying to find just the right wine to accompany Tuna Helper… A Shiraz works well.

Location: Warehouse Artist Lofts
1108 R St., Sacramento, CA 96811
(Entrance on R St.)

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May
16
5:30 PM17:30

C+ Photographers Showcase

We are excited to announce the second iteration of our Showcase series – designed to showcase professionals working in a specific creative field. Our first Showcase will highlight Sacramento area film makers big and small.

Whether you hire photographers, are a freelancer looking to make connections, or simply want to know more about the industry – this event is for you!

Our photographers will showcase their work and give a quick rundown of their capabilities. Make sure to introduce yourself to the artists, network with others in the industry and grab additional information on the Sacramento photog scene.

OUR PHOTOGRAPHERS INCLUDE:

Emily Abdinorwww.emilyabdinor.com

Emily is a Personal Branding and Commercial photographer specializing in small businesses. Her photos use film-like color and lifestyle settings. She shoots, styles, and helps clients get the most of their professional photos so they can reach their goals. Contact me if you'd like to have a free creative consultation.

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Ed Asmuswww.edasmusphotography.com

For the past 30 years I've been providing exceptional architectural and location photography services to leading architectural design firms, advertising agencies, interior designers, contractors, product manufactures, engineering firms, developers, and other associated companies for the use of marketing, publishing and communications. I strive to produce images on each assignment that exhibit the best creative vision as well as reflect my technical expertise to enhance the design and the design and the creativity of my client projects. I believe in building strategic, enduring alliances with my clients. I work with my clients as an integral partner to achieve the company's goals. Based in Sacramento, taking assignments: Sacramento, Valley, Napa, Lake Tahoe, Bay Area and north America.

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Doug Cupidwww.dougcupidphotography.tumblr.com

I’m a lifestyle/commercial photography, residing in Sacramento, CA. I’m looking to have fun, further my career, and expand my network.

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Wes Daviswesdavisphotography.com

My name is Wesley Owen Davis and I was born in late October, 1980, in the biggest little city in the world, Reno Nevada. Every summer when I was a child, we would hop in the family car with mom, dad and brother and set off on an adventure. Somewhere along the road my pops handed me his Pentax k-1000 camera and I was hooked for life.

Today I live in Sacramento California with my brilliant and radiant partner Brea, and our silly little magical daughter Bijou. I am partners in an experimental venue / art gallery space in downtown Sacramento called Beatnik Studios. I play banjo in a band called Güero. I have been jumping around on a skateboard most of my life and still go toss myself around on occasion. I love to travel and go on adventures. I love to camp, swim, hike and get dirty. I am super duper lucky and grateful for my place in this world. Like most photographers, I typically keep my words short and sweet and let my images tell the stories.

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Kevin Fiscuswww.kevinfiscus.com

Kevin Fiscus is a Midtown Sacramento based photographer specializing in editorial portraits, corporate, and commercial photography. He works with digital agencies to develop branded imagery for businesses local to global. Also accepting editorial assignments.

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Gordon Lazzaronewww.lazzaronephotography.com

I have been in business in the Sacramento area since 1981, after attending Brooks Institute of Photography in Santa Barbara and working for Contemporary Illustrators in Kansas City, MO, a full service design, illustration and photography studio.

Although the process of image making has changed dramatically from film to digital, one thing has remained constant - my love for photography, collaborating with other creatives in producing work which elevates the brand of our clients.

I love the challenge of photographing many different things. From people to product and food, both in the studio and on location, the particular challenges of lighting, composition, etc. is what fuels me. The quality of light, of which I am particularly interested in, informs our visceral response to an image and I care a lot about that.

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Faith Marie & Francisco Chavirawww.faithmari.com

FAITHMARI brings a creative and strategic approach to mobile photography and Social Media Marketing. Statistics show that social media is quickly becoming the number one marketing solution for brands, and the most powerful tool in digital advertising. As a result, consumers crave an authentic humanized social experience; one that is not overly commercialized. FAITHMARI understands this approach and has utilized it to manage a number of social media communities that have achieved positive analytics and recognition from the press.

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Tina Mariewww.tinamariephoto.com

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Calvina Nuyhenwww.calvinaphotography.com

Calvina has been a professional photographer for the last 10 years. She began by capturing families and weddings, then expanded to work for companies and non-profits worldwide. Even before all that, she had a solid career in graphic design, which lent her valuable experience in storytelling, problem solving, and art directing. She now uses these skills in her work as a photographer to visually unfold the stories behind people and businesses.

With the quick evolution of creative marketing, she is currently focused on solving the problems of companies needing constant, persistent, and fresh visual content year round. Her expertise in both design and photography allows her to create consistent and cohesive photography for brands.

As her way of giving back, she uses her passion for storytelling to amplify the voices of women who are marginalized. She has founded a project called STIRR (makeastirr.com) that shares stories of hope and freedom from women who have overcome sex trafficking in India. Their powerful stories are shared through the experience of cooking and food.

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Raoul Ortegawww.raoulortega.com

Raoul Ortega is a storyteller, educator and visual artist through the disciplines of photography and graphic design. His work finds its place on either end of the spectrum or anywhere in between visual communication and art form. Visual composer describes his design-minded Jazz approach and how he uses the principles and theories ofDesign and Jazz to create compositions both strategically and intuitively.

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Danielle Weast

Dani Weast | Dani Weast is a Sacramento native who returned to the city after a ten year hiatus earning her MA in English and exploring northern California. Weast has been photographing professionally for over two years and her work focuses largely on people in their natural environment. Weast works to cultivate a strong connection with her clients and their vision as she grows her business. Her photos aim to make the familiar strange. Weast's style elevates everyday subjects through theatrical landscapes and etherial edits.

Stay tuned for our Fall Showcase centered around local fashion! Let us know if there is an industry you're interested in seeing showcased in 2020. We are always looking for cool ways to champion our creative communities.

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Creativity+ Voice: James Cavern + Liz Salmi
Sep
20
5:30 PM17:30

Creativity+ Voice: James Cavern + Liz Salmi

Creativity+ Voice: James Cavern + Liz Salmi

The last in our summer series, Creativity+ Voice, explores the various ways that voice manifests itself through out the creative process. Together, we will examine finding one's artistic voice, being a voice for the voiceless, the power of silence, the pervasive power of language, music and so much more.

Join us the third Thursday of September, to hear from singer/songwriter, James Cavern and advocate for neuroscience research, Liz Salmi, as they jump into this theme!

A little more about our speakers: 

James Cavern - James Cavern started his music career playing open mics around Sacramento and quickly gained popularity within the city. This led to awesome opportunities like headlining Concerts in the Park and playing high profile shows at the most prestigious venues in town and even a brief stint on hit show “The Voice.” 
As James began to perform outside of Sacramento a lot more and tour he shifted his skill set within the city to curating events and at one point even hosting an open mic with a focus on pushing local talent. 
Some of the events James has helped curate are multiple shows to raise money for natural disaster relief funds, two sold out Radiohead Tribute shows, the #OnTheBlock party as well as “Live at JMSEY’s.” 
James’ belief in the artists in the city has led to more opportunities such as touring with Hobo Johnson as a 6th member of the band which is what he is currently doing as well as pursuing his own personal music.

Liz Salmi - Liz Salmi is passionate about empowering people to become more engaged in their own health care and improve their experience as patients. After being diagnosed with a life-limiting condition at age 29, Liz immediately put her “nerd skills” to use by blogging about her patient experience. Ten years later, Liz now works for a Harvard Medical School teaching hospital on a research project called OpenNotes--an initiative that encourages doctors and other healthcare professionals to share the notes they write with the patients they are caring for. In addition to her work on OpenNotes, Liz is funded as a “patient researcher” to lead a project focused on brain tumors and quality of life issues.

Liz is a Stanford Medicine X e-Patient Scholar and TEDMED Frontline Scholar. She volunteered on the Board of Directors for the National Brain Tumor Society and the patient advisory board for the British Medical Journal

See you there!

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