September's Theme is Spectrum
(Important Note: Please read the statement about why this month’s illustration was changed below.)
A band of colors, expanding definitions, a broad array of identities — we all live within multiple spectrums, colliding and intersecting with one another. Like the diversity in our foods, styles of music, and the skills we exercise, our needs are distinct with no one size fits all solution.
Understanding and championing other realities normalizes saying: What I experience, feel, and notice may not be what you know to be true. “Design for the spectrum and not the mean,” said Michael Kaufmann in his CreativeMornings talk. “How do we move beyond courteous hospitality to courageous inclusivity?”
As individuals committed to artfully living, we can paint refreshing possibilities that are not just for ourselves but also for others. Assemble your tools: Listen, look within, embrace the weird, and take the prism and flip it on its head — you’ll likely find a breathtaking blend of opportunities to make a difference.
An Important Note 🚩
Recently, CreativeMornings HQ provided the theme illustration for this month, which featured the word SPECTRUM spelled out using American Sign Language. We have come to reflect on and understand that this was a misstep on our part. Given that the majority of our events will likely not have a sign interpreter available, using this image was not appropriate. If the event is not actually accessible to the Deaf and hard of hearing community, it would be confusing and contradictory to use the image to promote our events.
We apologize for putting this image out there for our chapters to use, without properly considering the impact it could have. We recognize our error and are learning about ways we can make our volunteer-run events more accessible to the Deaf and hard of hearing communities.
If you happen to have resources to connect us to, please let us know. This is a learning moment for us and we are taking steps to correct our mistake.