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Thursday, May 24, 2012

Creativity Moves Kicks Off Inaugural Event to Celebrate Creativity and Giving Back

On May 24-27, Nashville will come together to celebrate creativity and a spirit of giving back to the community. Creativity Moves Nashville is a four-day event mobilizing the city’s creativity to benefit Nashville. Advanced registration and tickets are available at

The event will feature a half-day professional development conference for creative leaders, entrepreneurs, and non-profit organizations, as well as public creative workshops, live performances, and a free program for young adult cancer survivors on the power of sharing one’s story.

Dr. Jacob Weiss
, Creativity Moves Nashville founder, recognized a need to facilitate partnerships between local creative leaders and non-profit organizations during his experiences in community-building projects across the fields of arts, entertainment, non-profits, and health care.

“There are so many amazing people and initiatives in Nashville,” explains Weiss. “And as more people discover the impact of supporting causes through creative approaches, they will be inspired to get involved in these programs and to start their own projects and partnerships.”

Creative individuals are looking for ways to give back while developing their hobbies and careers, and local non-profits are seeking creative strategies to build awareness and fundraising for their programs.

From musical reviews that educate about cancer prevention to photographers capturing portraits for people in need, Nashville residents are finding meaning by applying their creativity to benefit the community.

Creativity Moves Nashville will take place at Belmont University’s Black Box Theater, hosted by Nashville’s Sideshow Fringe Festival, with additional locations for the creative workshops. All elements of the program include components of both creativity and giving back.

Artists, entrepreneurs, and other creative leaders will learn career-building strategies by developing mutually beneficial relationships with non-profit organizations and causes. In turn, representatives from non-profits will explore new approaches to connect with the creative community to achieve success in their fundraising and programming goals. Together, attendees will build a vision for the future of creativity and causes in Nashville through a hands-on workshop powered by LEGO Serious Play.

Individuals and families are invited to nurture their creativity by attending public performances featuring music, juggling, and comedy from Playing By Air and participating in workshops hosted by The Skillery. Sunday’s free program for young adult cancer survivors and supporters will feature live entertainment, inspiring cancer survivor speakers, and an interactive songwriting program led by Grammy and Emmy nominated, CMA & ACM award winning songwriter Billy Kirsch.

Speakers include Sam Davidson (co-founder of Cool People Care), Lu Sipos (founder of Gabe's Chemo Duck Program), Joy Huber (author of Cancer with Joy), and entrepreneur, Genma Holmes, along with other inspiring community leaders and cancer survivors.

Details, schedules, speakers, and ticketing information for the event on May 24-27 are available online at Seating is limited, and attendees are encouraged to register early to guarantee a seat.

About Creativity Moves Nashville
Creativity Moves Nashville is an initiative of Nashville-based companies Playing By Air Productions, and High-Wired Communities, in partnership with Nashville's community leaders. The 2012 program is made possible by support of community partners including the Sideshow Fringe Festival, The Skillery, Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center, The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, Healthways, The Village Fund, Metropolitan Nashville Arts Commission, Arts & Business Council of Greater Nashville, Nossi College of Art, Tennessee Association of Craft Artists,, Kid Billy Music, Jody Lentz, Living Your Best Life with Genma Holmes, and Brick Factory Nashville.

Previous Stories about Dr. Jacob Weiss can be found here and here

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