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For this months’ CreativeMornings, something special. A small group of Afghan journalists has recently moved to Charlottesville through the US refugee resettlement program. Over their careers they have worked as journalists, fixers, translators, and photographers for such outlets as the BBC, Reuters, France 24, Public Radio, and beyond. In a panel discussion moderated by local journalist Jordy Yager (of the New Yorker, Columbia Review of Journalism, NPR) and with an introduction from Lulu Miller (Cofounder of NPR’s Invisibilia), these journalists will share some of their best lessons about how to find stories in war zones, how to curate images of violence and suffering, and how to get people to open up when the risk of doing so can be one’s life. Please join us for a special conversation about craft, curation, intention, and how the skills of journalism translate to piecing together a new life in a foreign country.

Join us July 6 ➜ https://bit.ly/2Ks3BpK!

A craft is the instrument in which the authenticity of your being is communicated.

Your craft is like a portal to your inner world, and as an artist, it’s your duty to pull it out of the vortex. Craft is a catalyst for our identity and the soil for cultivating meaning.

It behooves us to realize that who we are and become—our values, beliefs, thoughts, observations—influence what comes out of the violin, sketch, or photograph, not the other way around.

This month’s global exploration of Craft was chosen by our Mumbai chapter chapter, illustrated by Hemali Vadlia, and presented by Adobe.

Join us on June 8 to hear from Kim Dylla: https://creativemornings.com/talks/kim-dylla!

May’s theme is #CMcommitment! It was selected by @Vienna_CM and illustrated by Florine Glück. We’re excited to explore this with Matt Eich!

Matt is a photographic essayist working on long-form projects about the American condition. You can find more information on his work at matteichphoto.com and on Twitter at @MattEichPhoto.

Event details here: ➜ https://creativemornings.com/talks/matt-eich

A BIG thank you to our supporting partners: Ting, WillowTree Inc, and UVA Arts💕

April’s theme is #CMgame, and we’re thrilled to announce a local expert, Sean C. Duncan, is joining us on the 13th to drop some knowledge on games, learning, and play! 👾

Dr. Duncan is a scholar and teacher of games, gaming culture, and game design. You can find more information on his work at se4n.org and on Twitter at playcult.

Event details here: ➜ https://creativemornings.com/talks/sean-c-duncan

Huge shout out to Ting, WillowTree Inc., and UVA Arts for supporting us this month! 🙌👏🎉💕

Good news! We’re switching to a larger venue so we can get everyone off the waitlist and open up more tickets!!!! If you didn't get a ticket yesterday, register today! Our new venue is Light House Studio at Vinegar Hill Theatre on 220 West Market Street (across from Mcguffey Art Center). 🎉

March’s theme is Courage, and we’re proud to announce that our courageous first speaker is the incredibly talented performance artist, emcee, author, poet, activist, and professor of hip-hop, A.D. Carson (@aydeethegreat) 💥 To join us on Friday, March 9th, you’ll need to reserve your seat! 💺 Registration opens Monday, March 5th! ⏰

Event details here: ➜ https://creativemornings.com/talks/a-d-carson

Our local supporting partners this month are Ting Charlottesville, WillowTree, Inc., UVA Arts, The Bridge Progressive Arts Initiative, New City Arts Initiative, and Grit Coffee 🙌🎉🔥

Photo: Ken Scar/Courtesy of A.D. Carson.

CreativeMornings is a free, monthly breakfast lecture series for the creative community. It happens in 180 cities in 64 countries around the world. Charlottesville is the 180th chapter, and your local hosts are Lance Barrera, Emma Terry, and Maureen Brondyke. If you’re interested in getting involved as a volunteer, sponsor, host, and/or attendee, you’re invited to stop by Welcome Gallery on February 27 at 5:30PM to register for CreativeMornings and learn more about the event.

Can’t make it? You can still create your profile at CreativeMornings.com/Signup. Be sure to set your home chapter to Charlottesville and subscribe to our newsletter for updates on our first event in March!

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Special thanks to the Grace Ho for this lovely illustration! Check her out on Dribbble.