Creative Connections Summer 2007 Newsletter

State Supports Creative Economy

State Budget Includes                    $$ for CEANS!

 

Join us October 5th for Kick-off! 

As a result of strong support from Sen. Fred Berry (D-Beverly), CEANS Board Member Representative Steve Walsh (D-Lynn) and Representative John Keenan (D-Salem) the Massachusetts Legislature passed the Fiscal Year 2008 state budget that included two items supporting the Creative Economy.  Governor Deval Patrick, a vocal advocate for the Creative Economy (see related story), signed the budget into law in July.  The budget provides:

  • $65,000 for the Creative Economy Association of the North Shore and
  • $50,000 for the Enterprise Center at Salem State College for the creative economy.

The Enterprise Center will be admistering both funds.  Christine Sullivan, CEANS Board Chair and Executive Director of the Enterprise Center, noted how far we have come in bringing the issues and concerns of the Creative Economy sector to the attention of the business and political leadership.  "I look forward to leveraging the state support, and will work to assure that these resources are used in a coordinated and optimal way to enhance the North Shore."

Members of the CEANS Board of Directors  met over the summer to develop a strategic outline for utilizing the $65,000 appropriation.   An event announcing the plans will be held in October 5th at the Enterprise Center.  Check your email and the CEANS website for further updates. 

Massachusetts has a Creative Economy Liaison

Those who were able to attend the May CEANS Roundtable event at the Enterprise Center were introduced to the newest member of the Governor's Economic Development Team, Sarah MacDonald.  Appointed by Governor Patrick as Massachusetts Creative Economy Liaison, she works within the Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development.  

Department of Business and Technology
One Ashburton Place, Suite 2101
Boston, MA 02108  

Phone: 617-788-3610
Fax: 617-788-3605  

Email:
Creative.Economy@state.ma.us  

Behind the CEANS ...
 
(c) Bobbie Bush Photography
Salem Photographer Bobbie Bush provided the cover shot for the April issue of the Boston Parents' Paper and photos for the cover article on the re-opening of the newly remodeled Boston Children's Museum.

As the summer winds down, many of us think about getting back into work mode and finding time to accomplish all our goals. Nancy Black of Organization Plus in Beverly recently wrote a column for the Boston Herald that contains some great tips to get you started.


Debra Crosby's A Quest Actors Studio will be having an OPEN HOUSE Thursday, September 6th (4:30 - 6:00) and Saturday, September 8th (11:30 - 1:00) at Artist Row (in Salem, off Derby Street, across from Walgreen's).  Hear about the ongoing work and new projects: Professional Success and Film Making and Film Acting for Youth.

Misc.

Looking to learn more about the Creative Economy?  Click here for a comprehensive listing of books whose titles demonstrate the range of this topic, including...

Collabetition

T-Shirts and Suits: A Guide to the Business of Creativity

Cultures, Conflict and Globalization

We always want to hear from you.  Send your ideas, suggestions and news about you to ruth@ceans.org.

 

Creative Connections February 2007 Newsletter 

 

Networking's New Name; Join us next Tuesday; March Roundtable;
April is a busy Month!
Next Tuesday's Networking event moved to Cinema Salem 
The next CEANS Net- working Event (the last one under that name!) on Tuesday February 13th has been moved to CinemaSalem, 1 East India Square, Salem (in the Mall). Please note the changed venue (and the date, which was reported incorrectly in the last edition of Choices.)

To learn more about this terrific regional asset, visit www.cinemasalem.com. The event will be 5:30 -7:30 p.m.and light refreshments will be provided. There is a $10 fee for non-CEANS members, which can be applied toward membership if you join that night.

Art on the Screen, In the Lobby & the Loo

Current showings at CinemaSalem include "The Queen" and "Pan's Labyrinth." Plan to stay for one of these much-awarded films! Or browse the theater lobby area's show of Brian Lewandowski's photographs (www.bglewandowski.com). Even the Women's Room has an ongoing mosaic tile decorative art project!

Come and
Chat & Connect, Give, Receive, Open communications, Win, gain Insight...Inspire...Incite, Connect, Learn, Inspire, Chat. It's al part of the activity formerly known as Networking! (See adjacent story).

Directions to CinemaSalem 
(1 East India Square) may be found on Google (http://maps.google.com) or phone: 978.744.1400.

 
Guerilla Marketing Roundtable 8:30 am March 13 at the Enterprise Center 
Okay, we know it's spelled differently, but we couldn't resist the picture 
You can get your name and your services recog- nized - without break- ing your budget by using these unconventional techniques. Done wisely, Guerilla marketing is a proven winner, particularly for small businesses who want results. 

Guerilla action is always carried out by unconventional forces on a shoestring.
Come learn the Do's and Don'ts. March 13 at 8:30AM at the Enterprise Center
      Register for this Free Workshop! 
 CEANS Calendar
February
Feb. 13: 5:30-7:30 PM CinemaSalem: Networking Event
Feb. 22: 8-9:15 AM Enterprise Center: Membership Team

March
Mar.   6: 8-9:30 AM Enterprise Center: Board Meeting
Mar.   9: 8-9:30 AM Enterprise Center: Program Committee
Mar. 13: 8:30 - 10:00AM Enterprise Center: Morning Roundtable: Guerilla Marketing in the Web 2.0 world
Mar. 29: 8-9:30 AM Enterprise Center: Membership Team

April
Apr.    3: 8-9:30 AM Enterprise Center: Board Meeting
Apr.  12 Landry Event (watch for announcements)
Apr.  10: 5:30-7:30PM Museum of Printing: Networking Event
Apr.  13: 8-9:30 AM Enterprise Center: Program Committee
Apr.  26: 8-9:30 AM Enterprise Center: Membership Team

May
May   1: 8-9:30 AM Enterprise Center: Board Meeting
May   8: 8:30 - 10:00 AM Enterprise Center: Morning Roundtable: Healthcare, contract workers and other obstacles to being in a creative business
May 11 8-9:30 AM Enterprise Center: Program Committee
May 31 8-9:30 AM Enterprise Center: Membership Team

June

Jun    5: 8-9:30 AM Enteprise Center: Board Meeting
Jun    8: 8-9:30 AM Enterprise Center: Program Committee
Jun  12: 5:30 -8:00 PM ANNUAL MEETING
Jun  28: 8-9:30 AM Enterprise Center: Membership Team

Behind the CEANS 
Floral Design by Sharon Shea 
Sharon Shea of Salem Design currently has a solo show at the Cloister Gallery  at St. Andrew's Church (135 Lafayette Street, Marblehead): Interiors - Images from Within the Mind.  Sharon describes the camera and computer as her basic tools, but, she say, "my interest is in presenting a feeling or memory of a place of object, so that the result is more what you might remember than what the camera actually records."  Sharon's show will run through February 28.  Gallery hours are Mon - Fri: 9 am to 4 pm; Sun 8 am-noon.
Members weigh in on New Networking Name
Are they ClLICing, GROWing,or
having a "3 I" or C & C night?

We asked you to think about ways to describe the activity commonly known as "Networking" in a creative way that incorporates the notions of interaction, growth and learning without the hard-edged, "What can you do for me" bottom-line connotations.

Thanks for your very Creative submissions! The Program Committee has selected four finalists. Vote here for your favorite:

1. C & C Nights: Chat &
C
onnect Nights
2. GROW: Give Receive
O
pen communications Win
3. Insight...Inspire...Incite
4. CLIC: Connect Learn
Inspire Chat

Busy April: Landry returns, and Networking at the Museum of Printing
Creative Economy pioneer
Charles Landry
Author of the "The Creative City" and the just-published "The Art of City Making," International Creative Economy pioneer Charles Landry will return to Salem this April for a series of lectures and public events.

Landry has worked in 35 countries including Canada, Japan, Australia, The Netherlands, Bulgaria, Germany, Spain, Italy, Russia, Poland, South Africa, Finland, Sweden, and the USA, He has designed and led numerous projects concerned with revitalizing public, social and economic life through cultural activity; cultural industry development projects and city and regional strategies.

Inspired Planning
A CEANS Committee is currently planning a special Landry event for CEANS members and possibly state and local officials on April 12.

Those who were fortunate enough to hear Charles speak at his last visit two years ago were truly inspired. Mark your Calendar now and watch for our announcements in the coming weeks.

It's Poetry Month!
That same week on April 10th we will celebrate the works of Anne Bradstreet, America's first published poet at a networking event at The Museum of Printing in Andover.
Help Wanted:
The Communications Committee is looking for members!  If you are interested in helping "spread the word" about the Creative Economy, please sign on!  The Committee meets once a month.

Send all communications to Ruth Ferguson at ruth@ceans.org.

Not a CEANS member?
Don't miss out on all the events and opportunities
of this vital North Shore Organization
Visit our web site at
http://www.ceans.org


Creative Connections January 2007 Newsletter 


January Roundtable, February Networking, & Gov. Patrick gets our message! 
January 16 Roundtable workshop teaches Collaboration Skills 
Be sure to join us for out January Round- table to learn how to better Create valuable business relationships, conducted by Hinda K. Sterling, of Sterling & Selesnick, Inc.

Collaboration is one of the most powerful tools we have to build our businesses and our relationships. It is a key skill for all of us going  forward, but many people avoid it-either because they are afraid of competition or don't have collaboration skills.

In this workshop we will cover:
  • the elements of collaboration and its purposes
  • the outcomes of collaboration
  • alternatives to collaboration;
  • situations that favor collaboration;
  • improving chances for collaboration;
  • initiating collaboration;
  • ground rules for collaborative discussions;
  • the phases of collaborative discussion;
  • creating new options and possibilities.

We will end with how we move from discussion to solutions and action. Co-sponsored with the Salem Enterprise Center. Register  on-line for this FREE workshop!
Members Celebrated the Holidays at Gloucester Stage. Don't miss the next Networking event at Red Brick Arts! 
Approximately 40 CEANS members gathered at Gloucester Stage on December 12 to wish each other joy, take an interesting backstage tour conducted by GS Business manager Aimee Ricciardone, and win Holiday prizes in our raffle.

If you missed this celebration,  better mark your calendar for our next member networking event at Red Brick Arts, the fabulous artist's studio and residence in Beverly.

It's February 16th at 5:30pm, and promises to be just the event to lift your spirits out of the midwinter doldrums!
CEANS Close-up
A Quest Actor's Studio
Debra Crosby
Named Teacher of the Year by
National Digital Film Academy
This is the first in a series of behind the scenes looks at CEANS members. If you or your business would like to be featured in a future issue, please contact Ruth Ferguson.

A Quest Actor's Studio is dedicated to teaching all students from all walks of life how to apply the principles from the performing arts to make powerful improvements in their communications, creative expression, and career.  Director Debra Crosby is passionate about providing a safe, supportive and positive environment where students can learn to master the craft of acting and discover the confidence to succeed in life, on stage, and on film!

Film Roles and a Documentary
Debra is currently celebrating the success of her student Kara Doherty who just landed the role of Zoë in the Hollywood film Evening starring Vanessa Redgrave, Glenn Close and Meryl Streep. 

With her documentary film Peace, Love & Hope! about Mamadou, the West African musician being presented in 2007at the Salem to Sundance independent film forum and the Talent Quest Show that Debra will host on SATV in February 07, Debra has a lot to be grateful for.  Debra Crosby takes pride providing many opportunities for creative expression and connection in the creative community.

Who Will Be the 2007
"North Shore Star?"

The Beverly Rotary Club, along with co-sponsors North Shore Music Theatre and The Daily Item, will host the inaugural "North Shore Star" singing competition on Friday evening, January 26, 2007, at Danversport Yacht Club.

This event will include a silent & live auction and dinner, followed by an evening of live music, featuring 17 of the region's most talented vocalists who will compete for the title of "North Shore Star."

A panel of professional theatre and entertainment judges will select the evening's winner, who will receive a generous cash prize, and be given the opportunity to sing on stage at North Shore Music Theatre in 2007. Celebrity judges include Jon Kimbell, Artistic Director & Executive Producer at NSMT, North Shore 104.9 radio personality Jacky Ankeles, and acclaimed songwriter & guitarist Johnny A. The show will be hosted by Richard "Babe" Plante, popular North Shore entertainer.

The singers and their hometowns are:
Vanessa Kelley - Beverly
John Budzyna, Joan Santeusanio,
Kathy & Nicole Duggan, Keely Valliere - Marblehead
Ryann Murray - Wilmington
Joe Ruggiero - Peabody
Peter Caruso - Revere
Marissa Miller - Haverhill
Jonathan Wright - Leominster
Patty Velluci - Saugus
Johnny Rowan - Malden
Steven Savio - Andover
Anthony Rao - East Boston
Kelley Lennon - unknown
Charlie Brewer - Revere
Christian Day - Salem

For more information, contact CEANS member Michael Harrington mjhsource@comcast.net or (978) 232-0003.

 Connect with us!

Do you have a Job Posting, a Creative Economy news story, an anecdote? Send them in!  The Newsletter will be sent out every month between the 6th and the 10; please send your material by the 1st of the month.  Suggestions, complaints, bold creative thinking, we want to hear from you!

Help Wanted: The Communications Committee is looking for members!  If you are interested in helping "spread the word" about the Creative Economy, please sign on!  The Committee meets once a month, and even if you aren't able to attend regular meetings, but would like to help with promotion, marketing, etc., let us know.

Send all communications to Ruth Ferguson at 
ruth@ceans.org.

Gov. Patrick considers the Creative Economy  "Most Important"
Governor Deval Patrick 
In an excerpt from a lengthy interview with Deval Patrick played on WBUR December 21st, the Massachusetts Governor-elect declared that "One of the most significant things I learned from the Outreach Meetings was the importance of the Creative Economy."

It appears that the recommendations of CEANS President Christine Sullivan and CEANS Board Member Patricia Zaido to the Patrick Working Group in Worcester on December 16 were all adopted.

Check the Transition Site
"I am very pleased" said Christine. Summary reports of the meetings (also note the Economic Development Committee report) may be accessed on the Patric/Murray Transition web site: http://patrickmurraytransition.com.

Here are some of the hilighted recommendations:

  • Restore funding to the Massachusetts Cultural Council.
  • Restore the 9C cuts.
  • Invest in arts education.
  • Endow the Cultural Facilities Fund.
  • Broadband access must be a priority.
  • Provide affordable housing and health care for artists.
  • The Creative Economy . . . should have the same tools and resources that any other economic engine has in the state.
  • Create a Creative Economy Office.
  • Creative Economy is a large and growing opportunity for Massachusetts.

We will continue to make sure our voice is heard!
Behind the CEANS 
Alaskan Landscape

Leighton O'Connor announces two photography exhibits ...

Alaskan Landscapes will be on exhibit January 2nd thru January 31st at the Sohier Room
Beverly Public Library, 32 Essex Street, Beverly, Massachusetts

His latest work entitled "Faces of Europe" will be on display at Mandrake Bar & Bistro
252 Cabot Street, Beverly, Massachusetts from January 5th thru February 5th.

These new pieces are photo illustrations of people Leighton photographed in Ireland, France, Germany, Austria and England. Part of the show also features some of his new abstract canvas collages.

Bobbie Bush Photography announces
a Corporate Headshot Special!

Three days only
, Tuesday, January 9 through Thursday, January 11 35 Congress Street, Salem in Shetland Park Get a fresh start in 2007 and save $100 on a professional studio headshot.

Only $150 per person (a $250 value) covers your photo session plus a beautifully retouched digital file of your best shot!

Call today at 978-744-6918 to reserve your spot or email  bobbie@bobbiebush.com for more information.

CEANS Calendar 
January
Jan. 12 8-9:30 AM Enterprise Center: Program Committee
Jan. 16 8-9:30 AM Enterprise Center: Morning Roundtable: Collaboration
Jan. 25 8-9:15 AM Enterprise Center: Membership Team

February
Feb. 6 8-9:30 AM Enterprise Center: Board Meeting
Feb 9 8-9:30 AM Enterprise Center: Program Committee

Feb. 13 5:30-7:30 PM Redbrick Arts: Networking Event

Feb. 22 8-9:15 AM Enterprise Center: Membership Team

March
Mar 6 8-9:30 AM Enterprise Center: Board Meeting
Mar. 9 8-9:30 AM Enterprise Center: Program Committee
Mar. 13: 8:30 - 10:00AM Enterprise Center: Morning Roundtable: Guerilla Marketing in the Web 2.0 world
Mar. 29: 8-9:30 AM Enterprise Center: Membership Team

April
Apr 3 8-9:30 AM Enterprise Center: Board Meeting
Apr. 10 5:30-7:30PM Museum of Printing: Networking Event
Apr. 13 8-9:30 AM Enterprise Center: Program Committee
Apr. 26 8-9:30 AM Enterprise Center: Membership Team

May
May 1 8-9:30 AM Enterprise Center: Board Meeting
May 8 8:30 - 10:00 AM Enterprise Center: Morning Roundtable: Healthcare, contract workers and other obstacles to being in a creative business
May 11 8-9:30 AM Enterprise Center: Program Committee
May 31 8-9:30 AM Enterprise Center: Membership Team

June
Jun 5 8-9:30 AM Enteprise Center: Board Meeting
Jun 8 8-9:30 AM Enterprise Center: Program Committee
Jun 12 5:30 -8:00 PM
ANNUAL MEETING
Jun 28 8-9:30 AM Enterprise Center: Membership Team

 

Not a CEANS member?

Don't miss out on all the events and opportunities
of this vital North Shore Organization
Visit our web site at
http://www.ceans.org


 


Creative Connections December 2006 Newsletter 


Don't Miss our Holiday Party at Gloucester Stage! 
Holiday Cheer at an Historic Theatre December 12. Join us! 
Holiday libation, hors d'eouvres, backstage tours, and good old fashioned networking (or whatever we're calling it by then) will be on the bill at Gloucester's award-winning regional theatre, Gloucester Stage Dercember 12.

Join us as we celebrate the success of our first year's impact upon the business community of the North Shore, and a Holiday Season in full swing!

The stage will be decorated for the Holiday performance of Wind in the Willows, and CEANS members will be treated to behind-the-scenes tours of  the theatre, now celebrating its 27th Season.
Some Creative Principles from Architect Frank Gehry 
Frank Gehry 
At our Novem- ber Break- fast Round- table, Nancy Joyce shared some work principles she has gleaned from ten years of working with Architect Frank Gehry. They are thought provoking for anyone working in the Creative Economy, and are summarized below:

Constraints are our friends
In Prague there was a politically well connected person who lived on the upper floor of the building next door.  In order to maintain his view of the river, Frank cinched it in at the waist so to speak and nicknamed it Fred and Ginger.  It's been known as the Fred and Ginger Building ever since.  

Create Handrails for yourself 
The handrails are for you, for the process, and in the case of a building project for the person using the building.  In Strata, Gehry used the organization of the building and the orientation to natural light as handrails - views out and views across.

Look for inspiration from other places 
Frank Gehry has had many friendships with artists over the years.  Rauschenberg, Jasper Johns were two such friends.  They were using materials in their paintings and sculpture that was considered junk by a lot of people - hence came Gehry's experimentations with cheap materials and a style of using them that has stayed with him every since.  

Suspend Judgement
When Nancy thinks of this one, she has Kenny Rogers song the Gambler running through her mind:  "Ya got to know when to hold em, know when to fold em, know when to walk away, know when to run...."

Embrace Leadership
Consider the definition of a leader put out by U.S News and World report, "a person who motivates others to collaborate to accomplish great things." 
CEANS Calendar 
December
Dec. 12 5-7 PM Gloucester Stage: Holiday Party
Dec. 28 8-9:15 AM Enterprise Center: Membership Team
January
Jan. 2 8-9:30 AM Enterprise Center: Board Meeting
Jan. 16 8-9:30 AM Enterprise Center: Breakfast Roundtable
Jan. 25 8-9:15 AM Enterprise Center: Membership Team
February
Feb. 6 8-9:30 AM Enterprise Center: Board Meeting
Feb. 13 5-7 PM Redbrick Arts: Networking Event
Feb. 22 8-9:15 AM Enterprise Center: Membership Team
 

Gehry Breakfast Round Table a huge success 
Gehry-Designed Strata Center at MIT 
We had a capacity turnout at November 14's Breakfast Roundtable to hear Nancy Joyce recount her experiences as project Manager for Frank Gehry's Strata Center at MIT.

Nancy was introduce by CEANS Board Member Dave Lasch who worked with her and Gehry in the past, and she gave us all some perceptive insights into the working patterns and philosophy of America's "superstar" architect.

Nancy concluded her anecdotal remarks with a list of principles which she found that Frank applies to his distinctive work. They are summarized in the adjacent article.
Creative Principles from CEANS Members 
Members express themselves 
Below is the second installment of results from our Member's entries on the Boards placed around the room by Dave Lasch at our annual meeting in June. Subject of this tablet: "How do you flex your creative muscles?"
  • The old-fashioned way: blank piece of paper & a pen (turn the phone off!)
  • Turn off everything - put the task up on the computer, get really quiet, and let it flow!
  • Read about people in different times & places.
  • Define the problem well - put it aside . . wake up really slow. Harvest "dream" ideas.
  • Poetry - writing about what really inspires me at the moment - it can generate ideas in all areas of life and business.
  • Wake up early-Think in the quiet - Read interesting stuff - Think in the quiet!
  • Reading biography & history makes today's chaos less so.
  • Jazz piano improvisation.
  • Sitting at the computer at 4:30 AM when creative ideas begin to flow.
  • Yoga
We are definitely an early rising group!