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CreativeMornings debuts here: Inspiring gatherings for creative types

Another worldwide movement is coming to Pittsburgh, making us one of only 40 cities from here to Auckland, Singapore, Cape Town and beyond to hold CreativeMornings: A new, free, monthly breakfast lecture series aimed at the creative person in all of us. Started by a designer in Brooklyn in 2008 and flourishing originally in Web design firms, today CreativeMornings is billed as a "global breakfast lecture series for creative types," It's meant to be a casual morning gathering and a day-beginning booster, fostering even more of a creative community here in the process.
CreativeMornings/Pittsburgh is opening on Dec. 14 from 8:30 to 10 a.m. at the Andy Warhol Museum with a talk by Nina Marie Barbuto from Garfield's hands-on art venue Assemble. Barbuto will teach the first attendees about "Making Learning a Party," modeled on the learning parties Assemble holds. Auckland's last lecture featured an origami artist; in Berlin, it was the inventor of the world's smallest wearable camera. Sao Paolo's most recent presentation was by Casey Caplowe, the founder of Good magazine. The idea is to encourage life-long learning for creative types.

CreativeMornings/Pittsburgh is run by Kate Stoltzfus (digital strategist for Plumb Media, one of the leaders at Propelle for women entrepreneurs and editor/cofounder of Yinzpiration.com) and a volunteer team that includes Dustin Stiver and Carley Kapcin of the Sprout Fund. Stoltzfus worked with Sprout to bring CreativeMornings here.
"We just thought it was a great thing for the city to have," Stoltzfus says. "There really isn't something consistent that brings creative people together in the same way in Pittsburgh."

While all 120 spaces for the first CreativeMornings/Pittsburgh event are booked, there is a waiting list available for Dec. 14 and an email list for you to subscribe to future notices so you can reserve a spot for January's lecture, coffee and breakfast. The theme, chosen by CreativeMornings headquarters, will be "Happiness."
"I was happy to bring another opportunity to Pittsburgh," concludes Stoltzfus. "It's really for anybody who is looking to be inspired by different creative concepts."
Writer: Marty Levine
Source: Kate Stoltzfus, CreativeMornings/Pittsburgh
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