Originally Published in Whitby This Week and online at www.durhamregion.com
Be inspired by all things creative in Durham Region
A message from Durham Tourism
By Kerri King, Manager of Tourism
I love my job. Being a part of the Durham Tourism team has many highlights, not the least of which is the regular reminder of how inspiring and dynamic Durham Region’s places and people truly are. On Jan. 26, the night of the first Creative Social in Durham, I felt especially inspired.
What is a Creative Social? It’s an opportunity for creative, artistic and entrepreneurial people to meet together in a relaxed, social situation. One of the definitions of creativity is putting together two or more previously unconnected elements to create something novel and unique. Held on the last Thursday of every month in rotating area municipalities, the Creative Social aims to connect creative people to discuss opportunities for collaboration and new business in Durham Region.
When event co-ordinator Dana Jackson first came to me with this idea, a lightbulb turned on in my head. Since 2009, our community has shown its enthusiasm for creativity through the Art of Transition movement. The Creative Social is the next step for the continued www.lopment of Durham’s creative economy.
The January launch event in Uxbridge was a great success. Some of Uxbridge’s local creative minds (Shelley MacBeth of Blue Heron Books; Ginny van Veghel, owner of Elemi Organics; Carly Foster and Kirsty Kernohan, co-owners of Sweet World Media; Angelo Sarafino Tramonti of Sarafino Inc.; and artist Fly Freeman) spoke about how local connections have spurred a boost in business. Local photographer Spring Reilly was on hand to capture the event through her lens (check out the gallery on the Creative Social Facebook page) and local musician Tim Bastmeyer entertained the crowd.
After the presentations, the crowd buzzed with excitement and ideas. Tin Mill, the fantastic restaurant where the event was hosted, supplied a steady stream of delicious hors d’oeuvres and beverages. It quickly became obvious that the creative-minded people of Durham Region have been waiting for an event just like this.
If you missed the launch party, don’t fret. Creative Social is now touring across Durham Region, connecting the creative community on the last Thursday of each month. Area municipalities are eager to showcase their own artistic entrepreneurs, and we are proud to help tell their inspiring stories, with hope to foster new creative connections.
The next Creative Social will be held on Feb. 23 at Whitby’s Station Gallery. For more information, and to register for the Creative Social, visit www.creativesocial.ca.