Springtime Creative Happenings & Goings On

March 13, 2015
Under the giving snow blossoms a daring spring. ~Terri Guillemets

Creative Deed 72/365:: “Under the giving snow blossoms a daring spring.” ~Terri Guillemets

Hooray!  Springtime is just around the corner— After this cold, cold winter I can’t wait for warmer weather, fresh spring air, more sunshine, and longer & longer days full of light…. Bring it on!

I wanted to share some of the springtime creative happenings & goings on I’m excited to be a part of over the next few months…as well as offer a First Day of Spring Giveaway to readers of this blog!

Human Trafficking in Art | creativity in motionUntil April 25-  Human Trafficking in Art, an art exhibit at West Shore Unitarian Universalist Church in Rocky River, Ohio features art created at the Renee Jones Empowerment Center with survivor’s of human trafficking and at-risk teens I’ve been working with involved in the Center’s Project Red Cord.  You can also read more about the exhibit here.  On April 19, I’ll be speaking at WSUU’s Morning Forum to talk about the benefits of trauma intervention through art therapy to help trafficking survivors.

April 2-  Strengthening Emotional Resilience through Art Journaling Workshop with The Alcohol, Drug Addiction and Mental Health Services (ADAMHS) Board of Cuyahoga County Staff as part of their Employee Wellness Program. This offering of art-making and creative expression will focus on creating a small, mobile art journal that can serve as a tangible reminder of emotional resilience, support and the importance of self-care for the work providers do in service & care of others.

April 18- As part of the Cleveland Association for the Education of Young Children (CAEYC) Spring ConfereSpringtime Creative Happenings & Goings On | creativity in motionnce, “Creating a Peaceful Environment in a High Stressed World”, I will be facilitating the afternoon breakout session, Peace Begins with Me: Creating Peacemakers through Creativity.  This session will introduce strategies important to facilitating group work that focus on peacemaking themes with children who have been exposed to domestic violence, bullying, and relational aggression. Content presented will help participants gain a trauma informed understanding about how these strategies and interventions promote safety, emotional expression, and coping.  Registration is now open here.

OpeniSpectrum2015ng May 1: As I announced earlier in the year, I’ve been invited to participate as part of this year’s Spectrum Teaching Collective with 25 other artists and creative offerings dedicated to celebrating your Mind~Body~Spirit~Nature through art…. and I can’t wait! I am looking forward to introducing my new workshop, Creative Covenants to explore the values that are core to the way you create, practice, and live as a creative and artful being and meeting everyone coming together in this community!  Learn more about Spectrum here.

Random Acts of Art Adventure- Spring 2015:  This 6 Degrees of Creativity Project and canvas pouch filled with art making stuff & traveling all over the world just wrapped up its tour in Australia!  Next stop on its creative travel itinerary is New Zealand and then the adventure will be returning back to the states later this spring for its final 12 destinations!  Yay!

Creative Deed 365:  The beginnings of this year’s 365 Project definitely has helped bring some fun & more creative goodness to my (and hopefully others!) winter landscape, but I am realllly looking forward to leaving my creative deeds out & about without having to wear gloves and in more outside locations!  🙂  You’re invited to spring it forward with creating it forward by joining us in the Creative Deed 365 Group on Facebook to contribute your own art in the spirit of this project.

And…A Special Springtime Giveaway: To celebrate spring approaching, I am doing a give-away for a complimentary registration to this year’s Spectrum with free access to all the workshop offerings:  25 contributors, 26+ workshop invitations, 6 months multi-media online community starting May 1 and running to the end of the year. To enter this special giveaway, please leave a comment below with what you love about spring!  From these responses, I’ll put everyone’s names into one big collection & randomly pull one winner to announce on the first day of spring.  Be sure to enter by Thursday, March 19 at 12noon (EST) to participate!  I will directly contact the winner with the e-mail associated with your comment posting profile. Good luck!

Enjoy the beginnings of this new season…..!


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10 Responses to “Springtime Creative Happenings & Goings On”

  1. Theresa Q Says:

    What I love about Spring is the way my body and senses come alive, and I feel hopeful and lighthearted. Your blog helps too!

  2. Petrea Says:

    I like the idea of new beginnings and new growth with each spring. Plus starting my seedlings indoors for my vegetable garden.
    Love hearing about all your projects Gretchin- inspiring as always!

  3. I love the sunshine!! After the dreary winter, it is even more appreciated. And the return of sandals. Thanks for the chance to win!

  4. Kelley Fewer Says:

    Once the snow goes, so do the socks (I hate wearing then!); love the sense of freedom from constraint that spring gives me. Definitely my most productive season!

    Shine on! Kelley

  5. Spring is such a beautiful time. Living in San Diego we don’t have the drastic seasons so sometimes we really have to pay attention to what Mother Nature is bringing/sharing with us. Seeing the trees starting to bud new, tiny, fabulous green leaves. Watching them grown each day is really uplifting. I love being able to see Mother Nature sharing her beauty and sense of renewal.

  6. rosie Says:

    I love the way the air changes each day, slightly warmer and the green coming back… the zing of life increasing and my heart sings!

  7. rosie Says:

    Thanks for lovely inspiration Gretchen!

  8. What I love about Spring is that everything feels fresh and new, there is a lightness in the air that’s full of promise for better things to come. It fills my heart with joy 🙂

  9. Jolie Buchanan Says:

    Spring = Rebirth – all around us, inside of us a beautiful time for celebration and rejuvenation

  10. Happy 1st Day of Spring! Many thanks to everyone for contributing your wonderful responses— it was a delight to read them all throughout the week 🙂

    I gathered everyone’s names together and one name was randomly chosen: Laurie! Congrats! Look for an e-mail coming from me with more info— Thank you all again for participating and enjoy the springtime season…. very best wishes!

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