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The Building of Community at ETA

In ENTREPRENEUR THE ARTS on March 20, 2009 at 8:55 am

imageThis week has been an exciting week of collaboration and community building at ETA. Catalyst Ranch Ranch Czarina, Eva Niewiadoski and her sidekick, Bobbie Soeder offered to design our video series set. We all met at Bower Cowin‘s photography studio, here in Chicago, on Tuesday evening to paint and decorate. Photographer Peter Rossi, from PDR Productions, painted the walls, I steamed the drapes, while Eva and Bobbie decided how to give our ETA set that Catalyst Ranch creative, fun feel.

p1000632 Thursday evening, Bower, Peter and Joe Amenta, all professional photographers, worked together to set up the cameras and contributed their time and talents to shooting the first two interviews for the ETA Video Resource Library Center– which will feature Brian O’Hern from The Model Citizens Big Band and juggler, and new blogger, Dharmesh Bhagat.

Gwydhar Bratton, from Blue Damen Pictures, will be assisting us with the editing of each video we shoot for the library. We have at least 5 more interviews scheduled to shoot the first week of April. eta-video-set-designed-by-catalyst-ranch1


Creativity For A Cause

In Creativity and Innovation, Current Events, ENTREPRENEUR THE ARTS on March 14, 2009 at 5:49 pm

Tired of Bad News?
Does your imagination need a jump-start to re-engage
the positive energy you have to bring to your life and work?

Bring your co-workers and friends to an evening of creativity and play at
Catalyst Ranch, 656 W. Randolph, Suite 3W, Chicago, Thursday May 14th, 6:00-8:00pm.

c4ac-badge-q21The Bite-Size Arts Ensemble and Arts At Large will serenade you while you paint and draw to classical music and jazz to get your creativity flowing. In this action packed evening you will create artwork in teams, experience making music as an ensemble, learn the artful stress reduction techniques of juggling, and reflect on an original new short film produced by Blue Damen Pictures called The Visionary.

Need another reason to come out for an evening of play?

How about investing in your creativity to support a great cause? A portion of the proceeds from this event will support Child’s Play Touring Theater.

Child’s Play Touring Theater is the premiere theatre company in the United States dedicated exclusively to performing works written by children. Combining the important, imaginative writings of children with the craftsmanship of professional theater artists and educators, Child’s Play creates a unique stage where children’s voices can be heard, examined and treasured.

The imaginations of our children, and the confidence their creative expression brings, will give them the strength and vision to lead our future world. Come learn the benefits of child’s play in action in this innovative fun night of creativity.

Bring an object from home or work that fits in the palm of your hand that you are willing to part with! Snacks and beverages included. $25.00 per person:

Revitalizing America using the Arts to Cross Boundaries

In Current Events, Emotional Intelligence, ENTREPRENEUR THE ARTS, WEBSITES & BLOGS on October 17, 2008 at 9:28 am

What can the arts do to re-shape how our world works? How can we advance global initiatives for alternative energy development? Reduce poverty? Increase global creativity to rescue our sinking world economy? Use the arts to generate economic success and the rebuilding of our value system?

Could there be a better time than right now to develop your thinking skills to do this?

According to a recent post by Linda Naiman, Creativity at work, While the world obsesses about Wall Street, Warren Buffet has managed to boost his wealth by $8 billion to $58 billion in the past month.

It sure seems to me that making this kind of money in this economy takes creativity to do, don’t you?

According to Linda Naiman, Now is the time to get creative and find new opportunities amidst turbulence. Start by developing your ability to perceive the world in new ways, to find hidden patterns, to make connections between seemingly unrelated phenomena, and to generate solutions.

Ah, but drawing new lines outside of the boundaries we know is not always comfortable, is it?
It is a risk, after all, to ” think out of the box” we routinely think ourselves into.

According to scholar Thomas Homer Dixon the “ingenuity gap” – the space between problems that arise and our ability to solve them – is growing today at an alarming rate (in business, scientific research, education, the environment and world affairs).

Author Ken Robinson proclaims we are “Out of Our Minds” to have sidelined creativity and the arts when every layer of American society from elementary education to supply-side economics is starved for more imagination, more original thinking, and more creative intelligence.

On October 27th, John Cimino, Creative Leaps Intl is coming to Chicago to speak at Catalyst Ranch about the power, need, purposefulness and innovative potential for a network of Renaissance Centers for Innovation, Learning and Leadership and their significance in bridging knowledge across disciplines.

In particular, he will ask how can such a Renaissance Center best serve the needs of Chicago’s own institutions of higher education, business, commerce, leadership, creativity, the arts and arts-based education reforms in the schools? What kinds of partnerships among institutions, public and private, would be essential? Finally, in addition to addressing the needs of individual sectors, what global and overarching issues important to Chicago should the Renaissance Center address in its cross-disciplinary, transdisciplinary and interdisciplinary forums?

I don’t know about you, but I just live for conversations like these. If your in the Chicago area and are interested in attending RSVP me at

Come join John Cimino for an evening of spirited dialogue, creative collaboration and exploration of a new vision for interdisciplinary learning, creativity and leadership.

Monday October 27, 2008, 6 to 8pm, Catalyst Ranch