I'm a Creative Catalyst for brands and communities.
I helped to start CreativeMornings/Austin and now serve as Lead Organizer & Host (including the awesome team you see here). For 10+ years, I made big ad campaigns for big brands at big ad agencies. My proudest accomplishments include winning a national championship as a college mascot, earning Eagle Scout and the two small humans who melt my heart every time they call me "Dad." I enjoy off-centered beers, editing Waze, and being a jack-of-all-trades.
I am currently seeking a role where I can be an ambassador for an outstanding brand or product, rally consumers and inspire the creative minds who move the world forward.
Marketing and Advertising | Austin, Texas Area, US
With 10 years of digital ad agency experience, I help build brands and strategies, rally consumers and lead the creative minds who move the world forward. My work is strategic, innovative, visual and most importantly—gets results. I have a passion for great storytelling, the way technology integrates with humanity, little big details, and breakfast tacos.
2013 - Present
Lead Organizer & Host / CreativeMornings
A global platform with a local focus—CreativeMornings/Austin is a popular speaker series that inspires hundreds of creative thinkers, makers, and doers each month. Responsible for the overall brand in Austin, including curating speakers, venues, communication, content, and partnerships. Lead a team of 20+ dedicated organizers and help stretch our five-figure budget.
Brand Experience Director / GasPedal
Led the creation of a new brand identity and guidelines, contributed to the strategic articulation of the company's core principles, and helped improve event experiences—all within a unique, agile work environment.
Creative Director / Ben Thoma Consulting
Freelance creative direction and consulting for new business, product launch, video, and brand vision projects.
Creative Director / R/GA
Oversaw a creative department of four designers and copywriters in concept development and execution of social-first advertising campaigns for brands like Google Fiber, Fossil, and Samsung.
Senior Art Director / GSD&M
Executed an ADDY-winning and FWA-featured mobile site for the U.S. Air Force, a million dollar television campaign for Southwest Airlines, and orchestrated a dozen teams of designers, writers, and developers in business development pitches.
Senior Art Director / Razorfish
Collaborated with artists, designer and developers on Webby-honored AXE social and digital ad campaigns. Oversaw localization for global campaigns.
Visiting Instructor / Pratt Institute
Taught Junior-level Advertising I & II in Communication Design. Developed course work and evaluation standards. Facilitated guest lecturers and critiques.
Senior Art Director / Profero
Enhanced MySkyStatus and launched CloudStream services for Lufthansa, supporting their social influence and in-flight WiFi launch. Initiated a PR effort that garnered $1MM of media impressions from one press release.
Art Director / Euro RSCG
Created ONE Show award-winning TIME 100 magazine cover. Served as Volvo’s first social voice and community manager, launched their first crossover vehicle (XC60) with digital campaigns, and created brand integration with The Twilight Saga. Also collaborated with partner agencies to develop a Volvo global brand relaunch. Initiated the Frank RedHot Sauce’s brand campaign still used today.
Freelance Art Direction / Self-employed
Clients including: Euro RSCG 4D, MonacoLange, Production Essentials Group, Source Marketing, and Ryan Partnership. Brands include: Dos Equis, Heineken, Wells Fargo, mail.com, & Perrier.
Art Director / Source Marketing
Created marketing and promotional materials, from concept to production, for HSBC, Wells Fargo, illy, Frank's RedHot, French's Mustard, and more.
Mac Specialist & iPod Genius / Apple Computer
In Apple's retail environment, I helped customers do everything from choose the right Macintosh or iPod to troubleshooting and repairing their hardware issues.
Field Organizer / Grassroots Campaigns, Inc.
Trained, organized and led volunteers during the 2004 Presidential campaign.
Hall Director / University of Delaware
Trained and supervised a staff of Resident Assistants, overseeing life within a University of Delaware Residence Hall. Worked to educate students along cultural issues, empower staff to engage with students, and enforce university policy.
Creative Intern / Publicis & Hal Riney
Assisted in the production of advertising materials for Sprint, Jamba Juice and new business pitches.
Summer Staff and Center Director / Appalachia Service Project
* This was a summer position over four summers. I served as Center Director for the last two of those four years.
Organized, led, directed hundreds of volunteers, while working alongside thee other college staff members, in the repair of Appalachian family homes. The mission was to make those home warmer, safer and drier, while providing an experience for high school youth that would lead to a lifetime of volunteerism.
University of Delaware
Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA)
Visual Communications, Advertising Design
Activities: "YoUDee" the University of Delaware's Fightin' Blue Hen, Macintosh Instructor, Hall Director, Resident Assistant, Russell Fellow, Wesley Foundation
Gold / 2014 Austin ADDYs / U.S. Air Force "Project: Supercar" Mobile Site
FWA Mobile of the Day / 08-28-2013 / U.S. Air Force "Project: Supercar" Mobile Site
Gold / 2010 Reggie Awards / Volvo "New Moon" Campaign
Silver Pencil / The One Show / TIME Magazine Cover: TIME 100
Honoree / 2009 Webby Awards / Volvo "Pieces of You" Banner Campaign
Finalist / Creativity & Penguin Book's "Hearts & Minds" Book Cover Competition
Prize for Creative Excellence in Advertising Design, 2004
Robert Geuder Prize, 2003
Mascot National Championship Team, 2002
Eagle Scout, 1997
We want to celebrate our 3rd birthday with you! This Sat. 11 am - 3 pm.
CreativeMornings/Austin has been inspiring Austin’s creative community for three years now. We’re thankful for all the people who have come to make CreativeMornings a success over the past three years—that includes you!
Let’s celebrate with great beer, great music, and great people!
On a breakfast taco, guac and bacon, “bacamole,” is heaven in your mouth according to Chris Applegate, our March #CMugshot. A dapperly coiffed man of many talents, Chris co-founded and directs operations for SHED Barbershop & Supply, while also working as a contractor for Salesforce. On a free day in Austin, Chris climbs the Barton Creek Greenbelt Hill of Life trail and finishes with a relaxing swim. Despite our dropping the ball on the mug part of our CMugshot, Chris was a good sport with the substitute polka-dotted mason jar!
What’s one thing you’ve been inspired by lately?
Human connection. I’m usually so disconnected working on things on my own, but lately I’ve made an effort to make more time to connect with the people I know, even casual acquaintances. So much more happens.
In the spirit of our March theme, what is one big change in your life that has been challenging?
A big positive change was welcoming our first child 7 months ago! My son has taught me what is truly important, as cliche as that may sound, and is really helping me overcome my constant feeling of “busyness.” There’s even more to juggle, but my sense of priorities has sharpened immensely and I’m much happier in everything that I do and accomplish.
What is one big change in your life that has been positive?
A challenging change has been opening and running SHED while still working another full-time job. It’s tough always feeling “too busy” for things that I know are important, but it’s something I’m definitely working on.
We’re Hosting a Texas-Sized CreativeMornings Global Organizer Summit this November!
What began as a morning speaker series has grown into a global community of creative minds. So much of what we get every single month is due to the dedication of our incredible CreativeMornings organizers. Around the world, these organizers volunteer their time and energy to provide a FREE inspiring talk for their local creative community… and they bring breakfast! All of this effort adds up to be a quarter of a million cups of coffee per year, 79,800 hours of work, and immeasurable amounts of inspiration.
This year we’re hosting the second CreativeMornings Summit for those incredible volunteer organizers. CreativeMornings Summit 2016 will bring organizers from across the globe together to exchange ideas, share best practices, and further develop their leadership skills. And it will be even bigger than the first CreativeMornings Summit. Why? Because we have nearly doubled in size and the #CMSummit16 will be in a place where everything is bigger - Texas. Giddyup!
We Can’t Do This Alone
If you’ve ever felt inspired by a talk, met a new friend or future employer, or indulged in a delicious donut, then this is your chance to say ‘thank you’ and help make CreativeMornings even better. Today we’re asking you to help us continue fueling the magical experiment-turned-global-engine-of-generosity known as CreativeMornings.
We’re asking you to help fund the Summit. Whatever amount you’re able to offer will make all the difference. After CreativeMornings Summit 2016, organizers will bring home, even more, passion and energy to their local creative communities. You will see the return on your investment in the form of more fun, insightful, caffeinated, and inspirational CreativeMornings events!
No, you can’t put a price on making a connection or walking away with a deeper insight or inspiration, but let’s try! Please help us make CreativeMornings Summit 2016 a reality by backing our Kickstarter campaign.
About the Campaign
When you support the CreativeMornings Summit 2016 Kickstarter, you not only reap the rewards of the post-summit enhancements to your local CreativeMornings chapter, you’ll also get a reward! We’re offering rewards that range from music to golden tickets to one-on-ones with your favorite speaker.
You can join in and support the campaign from March 11th to April 9th, so saddle up and kick in what you can to show the global CM community how much you care! Share the love using #CMsummit16.
Social-media eschewing, California girl Christine Harrington is our February #CMugshot. For her breakfast taco, only one ingredient need apply - bacon. And she earns it by doing business development for Storyland, a fabricator of 3D pieces for retail stores and advertising and architectural agencies. You might find Christine seeking inspiration during her morning walks around Town Lake.
Where’s a place you’d stop on a free afternoon in Austin?
When his day begins, Russell doesn’t mess around with bits in his breakfast tacos. Only full strips of crisp juicy bacon hanging out both sides will do. World, meet Austin art director and educator, Russell Toynes, our January #CMugshot. When he’s not educating and art directing, Russell loves a solid session of video gaming at Pinballz, then settling down with a Mighty Fine burger.
What’s the one thing you’ve been inspired by lately?
When it comes to language, what feeling or thought do you find it hardest to put into words or convey to another person? Why do you think this happens?
True appreciation. We say “Thank you” but I feel like that comes across as obligatory and doesn’t express what I’m really feeling. I am so very appreciative for what I have and what people have done for me that language just can’t convey my feelings and emotions without a plethora of words (and probably making both of us uncomfortable).
Do you have another way of communicating this feeling or thought that seems to work better?
You can meet and chat with Aralyn Hughes and Amparo Garcia Crow, Director and mother of Shakey Graves who’s music is in the film. There will be a Q&A following the film.
LOVE IN THE SIXTIES is about how one small town woman from Oklahoma, who came of age in the 1960s (and who now is in her sixties) is taking on some serious baby boomer questions about love, sex and death with an adventurous and outrageous “artistic” curiosity to find herself —even at the cost of “ruining her reputation.”
Aralyn is now known as “Queen of Weird in Austin.“ For thirty-five years, she was a successful businesswoman, a lobbyist at the Texas State Capitol, the director of the first abortion clinic in Austin and a member of virtually “every board and commission in town.” Local theatre audiences became acquainted with Aralyn when she acted in the Big State Production of In the West, one of the longest running theatre productions in Austin that the Austin Chronicle cited as “the little monologue show that changed the face of Austin theatre “ Soon after, she evolved into a “Queen of Weird”persona when her visual art turned her otherwise suburban home into the iconic “Keep Austin Weird" house. Most recently, Aralyn published KID ME NOT: An Anthology of Women of the Sixties, now in their Sixties, which was recently the winner of a 2015 Texas Association of Authors award. Elizabeth Gilbert of Eat, Pray, Love wrote the forward.
Is 2016 the year you learn UI design? Our friends at The Iron Yard, the largest code school in the country, are giving our #CMATX community one scholarship worth $1000 to their February User Interface Design course! Live at the intersection of design and code in this 12-week immersive curriculum.
To apply, fill out the form and tell us why you are interested in learning User Interface Design.
In order for us to rock 2016, we need to know what you liked and didn’t like in 2015. Will you give us a few minutes of your time and fill out our year-end survey?
We recognize that it’s a busy time of the year. We hope that if you need a minute or two away from your crazy relatives and the alcohol-and-sugar-fueled holiday madness, you’ll let us know what you think.
Say hello to our December #CMugshot, Anna Berman! Anna coordinates operations and bookkeeping for a small start-up company. Working from home frees her of a daily commute, yet requires impeccable time management. When breakfast consists of tacos, Anna goes for the bacon, egg and cheese classic, with the occasional avocado embellishment. On a free afternoon in town, you might find her communing with the locals at Once Over Coffee or Halcyon.
What’s one thing you’ve been inspired by lately?
PEOPLE! I long to hear about life from anyone. I can enjoy a cup of coffee with a stranger just as much as people I know and love. I have also been inspired by community. My neighbors have become some of my best friends and it is amazing how this city attracts so many different people with open minds and open hearts.
In the spirit of December’s theme, what activity makes you feel time has slowed down? What activity makes you feel like the time flew by? What do you think the difference is?
I am an in the moment type of person. For me time is directly related to my emotions. Time slows down when I am comfortable and relaxed and seems to speed up when I am curious, inspired or simply over caffeinated. I believe the difference is my state of mind.
Think you have what it takes to stump Austin’s most well-known and talented developers and UX professionals? Your challenge: bring your toughest challenges and questions to the most influential thought leaders in Austin.
Vitamin T invites you to the second installment of STUMP: UX Design & Development Community Challenge on Tuesday, December 8th at the W20 Group. The panel of experts will include data-influenced, UX-infused Product Leader Alex Jones; and brilliant Interaction Designer Matthew Eng, among others.
Join your fellow Austin creatives to learn, engage, and have one hell of a good time!
If you like to hang at Thunderbird Coffee, you just may have sat next to our November #CMugshot, Patrick Benfield, as he breezed through a few chapters on a free afternoon. Winning the most awesome job title award ( ! ), Patrick is the director of maker education for St. Gabriel’s Catholic School. After blissing out on the bacon and avocado in his favorite breakfast taco, he heads to their new makerspace, the d.lab, to assist the future makers of Austin.
What’s one thing you’ve been inspired by lately?
Lately, I’ve been inspired by the enthusiasm of the young makers of my school; they’re so much fun to work with.
What one activity do you do in your free time that is essential for your peace of mind at work?
I play the Hammond B3 organ during my “off” time. For me, music is an essential part of finding balance.
We’ll welcome visitors from Atlanta and Auckland, Paris and Perth, Helsinki and Hong Kong, Montreal and Montevideo, Berlin and Boston… potentially 175+ different cities! This two-day Summit will be packed with great speakers, workshops, and opportunities to connect with the global CreativeMornings community.
It’s going to be a ton of fun! We’ll share all that we love about Austin and our creative culture and community. We’ll dance and play, laugh and cry, think and learn, and probably give about a thousand high fives. For a taste of what that looks/feels like, click here to see a recap from the 2014 Summit in Brooklyn, NY.
Our October #CMugshot is Sarah Fulgham, new to our CMATX community after hanging out with our friends to the southeast. If you love coffee as much as we do, you are likely to spot Sarah at one of her two favorite haunts,
Houndstooth. She’s a taco classicist: eggs, cheese, and protein, please!
Know anyone in the sports and events industry looking to add a little awesome to their team? Sarah is currently job hunting. Who wouldn’t want to add this face to their roster?
What’s one thing you’ve been inspired by lately?
Austin! I recently moved to Austin from Houston. I wouldn’t necessarily say I was in a slump in Houston… I was comfortable. Being surrounded by fresh air and the innovative and creative culture that Austin cultivates inspires me. It makes me want to DO something - I’m still figuring out what that something is, but I’m pretty sure it will involve my camera and capturing life being lived well.
What’s something that never fails to shock you?
My alarm clock. EVERY MORNING. Also, sunsets. After briefly being blinded by the setting orb before me (typically while driving), I am struck with awe by the beautiful colors painting the sky. No camera lens can capture it. You just have to sit back, take a deep breath and savor the moment.
It’s #SOCKtober, and the CreativeMornings community is helping SoulPancake, creators of Kid President, spark 2 million small acts of love through local charities. Love in the form of woolly, cozy foot huggers. This Friday, Austin’s own Mobile Loaves and Fishes will be collecting pairs of men’s and women’s socks (no children’s socks, please). After registering to attend our event at The Highball, make sure to buy a new pair of socks before Friday.
#CMATX and Kid President want you…to bring a sock (or two) to Shock!
Not going to Friday’s event, but still want to donate? Check out MLF’s donation page to see what items they need, and where to drop them off.
Our first Field Trip was a
glimpse into the future.
We learned about Google’s
self-driving cars and their “Paint the Town”
You can submit an original
work of art based on the theme: “my community, my neighbors.” Five
pieces will be featured on Google’s prototype vehicles as they cruise the
streets of Austin.
The five artists selected
will also get a ride in a self-driving car - plus a $500 gift card. (Honorable
mentions will receive a $300 gift card.) All artists retain all rights to their
work. Submission are due by November 1st. You can learn more here.
Thank you to Kohana Coffee for supplying their
delicious cold brews. And to The Contemporary
for hosting with a great set up and beautiful rooftop views.
So what are Field Trips?
And how do I find out about the next one?
Field Trips are bonus events designed
to give our community unique, inspiring experiences outside of our monthly
There is no set schedule.
So the best way to find out about them is to sign up for our newsletter. Just
go to CreativeMornings.com/ATX
and click on the little email icon on the left, under “Stay in
Last month at our Empathy talk, photographer George Brainardsurprised our community members with the chance to have a portrait taken in his unmistakable style. We were excited to play a part in this larger project for the global CreativeMornings family, alongside Vancouver, Mexico City, San Francisco, New York City, Los Angeles, Sao Paolo, Toronto, Melbourne, and Montreal. Get a closer look at the project and all the portraits, here. Below is just a taste of Austin’s unique and beautiful faces!
Our September #CMugshot is Angela Alwin. You may have seen her smiling face around, as she’s faithfully attended 13 #CMATX talks. During the day, she makes it happen at Specht Harpman, handling operations, marketing and business development for the architecture firm. When she needs a break from all that doing, she heads over to UT to chill out under James Turrell’s Skyspace. A woman of intrepid tastes, she loves her breakfast tacos decked out with eggs, bacon, avocado, potatoes, queso fresco and the hottest salsa she can get her hands on.
What’s the one thing you’ve been inspired by lately?
I recently saw Lisa Fischer and her band perform at One World Theatre. It’s a quirky, tiny venue and Lisa gave a transcendent performance. I was inspired by her haunting voice and her generosity in giving each member of her band so much time in the spotlight. Truly a rare and inspired performance that, every day, reminds me of the value of patience, perseverance, and gratitude. Hands down, the best show I’ve seen in Austin - if you missed it, check out “20 Feet from Stardom.” If that doesn’t inspire you, check your pulse.
Speaking from your own life experience, what product or service could benefit from the kind of empathy-driven design Jon Kolko spoke about?
Tinder. Just kidding - I actually meant financial planning services. Really. Don’t look at me that way.
August’s #CMugshot is Nathaniel Muniz, who studies Finance and Photography and currently works as a restaurant host.
When not devouring chorizo and egg tacos, topped with salsa and a slice of crispy bacon, you can find him photographing by bike or on foot, as well as taking advantage of free museum days in Austin.
What have you been drawing inspiration from lately?
I am definitely taking in a lot of image and style inspiration from some ‘90s films I’m barely getting around to and from the people I see at the house shows that go on around town.
If your life were an action flick, what would the plot be?
I’d have to say it would be the classic case of mistaken identity. I’m sure it would start in some mundane way, like I walked into Room 27 instead of Room 83 because I couldn’t understand the doorman’s accent. This all leads me to being part of a pasta-worshiping cult that had been under the eye of the FBI, and trying to weave myself out of it.
Saturday, August 1st at 8:00 pm at The Long Center
After it launched in the fall of 2014, Serial became the fastest podcast to reach 5 million downloads in iTunes history.
In her live presentation, Sarah Koenig will take the audience backstage in the creation of this cultural phenomenon. Using some of her favorite tape, she’ll tell behind-the-scenes stories, explain how she constructed certain episodes, and allow the audience to follow the ups and downs of creating a new form of modern journalism.
How do you collaborate at Beardbrand – and how has it helped
build such an amazing community? From the articles I curate to the beardsmen I connect with, and
all the way down to our intra-office dynamic, collaborative efforts are
essential for my work.
Our company culture, media channels, and products are fueled by
the amazing guys (and quite a few girls) that feed us ideas and share our
passion. Maintaining that approachable, relatable, transparency is what keeps
that door with our bearded community open. And actively communicating with them
is what keeps us alive.
What is your biggest passion outside of work? I love meeting people and exploring the outdoors, which are the
backbones of my creativity.
What do you like on your breakfast tacos. Jalapenos,
bacon, and eggs… great, now I’m hungry.
If you joined us in December for our Education talk, you received a snazzy laser-cut ornament with a coupon for a free 2-hour class, Lasers 101, with Eve, Kristen, and Nathaniel of MAKEatx. Recently, a group from our CreativeMornings/Austin community came together one Saturday to take advantage of this wonderful opportunity. Everyone brought their unique set of skills to the class (or lack thereof!), but the MAKEatx team made sure we all walked away with a fantastic etched or lasered personal memento.
So, what did we get from this experience? Etching and cutting stuff with lasers is FUN.
Our June #CMugshot is Nicole DeAngelis, an experienced interactive advertising project manager on the hunt for her next product-focused role! When she’s not running SheSaysATX, you can find her shopping at Whole Foods, or hanging out at Red Bud Isle with her best dog friend, Alfie. This new CMATXer likes her breakfast tacos filled with eggs, guac, pico, queso fresco, and grilled veggies.
What’s the one thing you’ve been inspired by lately?
I was at Cheer Up Charlies a couple weeks ago, and there were a bunch of vendors there. One was called the School of Life Design. I bought their monthly manifestation manual and have been loving the daily quirky mindfulness exercises.
Channeling your inner revolutionary, what issue would you tackle?
Female empowerment, which I’m working on by leading the Austin Chapter of SheSays, an international organization for women in advertising, marketing and tech that empowers growth, professional development, and leadership amongst female creatives.
Brand storyteller and owner of creative video agency, Cut to Black, Lee Rothenflue is our May #CMugshot. When he’s not indulging his coffee addiction at Irie Bean Coffee Bar, Lee helps companies and people translate their amazing stories into the medium of video. At our next event, you may find him holding court at the taco table getting his fill of The Otto: beans, bacon, cheese, avocado and “super hot, hot sauce.”
What’s the one thing you’ve been inspired by lately?
I have recently been inspired by a young filmmaker in town who is really making his way in our industry. John Michael Simpson is very forward thinking, has a huge heart for story, and lots of humility in his craft. A very unique and inspiring combination.
In the spirit of our May theme, what kind of robot would you create to improve an aspect of your life?
I would love a robot that could help me teleport from place to place. I love new adventures in different places…just not the traveling to get there.
As part of our celebration of CreativeMornings/Austin’s second season, we launched a poetic collaboration. Before you read this poem, you should know: none of the words were written by the poet. Instead, it was compiled from the words of twelve different people—all speakers in this past season of CreativeMornings/Austin events.
In a process she refers to as klepto-collaborative, poet Denise Lanier tirelessly combed through all twelve talks and then cut them up, rearranging phrases and turning the words of these 12 separate people, spoken in 12 different months, into one cohesive, lyrical and powerful piece of poetry.
Let’s start things that lead to meaningful change, really
big transitions, ecstatic dance, a permanent sense of place.
Let’s have a burial ceremony for artificial
realities, helplessness & hopelessness, too many rules, this Rolex, 400
pages of legalese, the ugly sweater scene, oppressors of the margins, the myth of
having it all.
Let’s open ourselves up to traveling cross-country in
a Volkswagon van through a metaphysical Mojave desert of self-discovery. Know it’s
gonna get messy, know that you’re worth it.
Believe in the process, the core idea, high fives
all-around, “I need a little bit of help,” the blank spaces, losing things, resizing,
reshaping, disrupting, walking into a big crossover, declaring “I
It’s okay to say, “I don’t know what I’m doing.” Intense
discomfort is just compost fermenting. See yourself blooming blues on oranges,
greens on pinks, pinks on greens with a willingness to risk. Failures, shortcomings
& flaws… the seeds of do-overs, successes & small businesses
Don’t follow in the same footsteps as everyone
before you. Close your eyes, make a commitment. Jump off the “normal” train.
Take a few steps back every once in a while, or up stairs
that double as monkey bars, willing to Evel Knievel outside your comfort zone. Take
suggestions, photographs, a bow, time out to celebrate, a seat between every third
Come back home to Austin. Come back to open up a
ramen place. Come back to center. Come face-to-face with multiple generations
People who avoid risks are rewarded with a series of
really bad judgment calls in the middle of nowhere with very little cell
reception, surrounded by stuck, uninspired, fuck-you hippies.
People who take risks are rewarded with happy little
accidents, a lot of mojo.
Give everybody a turn, a round of applause, honest
advice another chance, a Thank You. Give an awkward side-hug to the shit show
half the time of your life. Get breakfast tacos, a Stetson hat, one big
inspiration. Get accountable, get tempted. Get loud, get tattoos, get
acquainted in a kitchen. Have a rock, paper, scissors tournament.
Throw a bone, a sign, a zombie for his love, a
fist-bump, this mantra, “You can do it, You can do it, You can do it.”
Stand up & raise your right hand, promise to
participate in amazing cultural things, volunteer work, a journey of
transformation, collaboration, something unexpected, a very long weekend of
pizza & beer.
Find your voice, creative solutions, a compulsion to
make. Hear the kids. Hear the band. Stand up & dance. Shake up the status-quo
boat. Shake it, you sexy thang.
Burn past pain & hurt, mix up the soot with rainwater.
Paint what you know, what you’d like to see, an enormous dragon mural about that
tug inside, your legacy.
Everybody needs to be playing in that place where
failure’s gonna happen. Scary & painful, like a giant sewing machine going
over your skin for hours & hours. But you survive it, coming out wild,
stately, impressive more bad-ass & brave.
It’s up to you to feed new ideas, fire-starters, this
Friday morning community.
Go out there, be fully you and create magic.
A taste of Danny’s original performance:
Denise Sebesta Lanier is an educator, advocate & storyteller, who believes in the power of narrative to transform, transport & create connection. As inventor of a poetic form called klepto-collaborative, she pickpockets words & phrases from others, reshuffling & reshaping the puzzle-pieces into a colorful mosaic of diverse voices. Denise founded WordPlay, a poetry-in-the-schools project inspired by Dave Eggers, which was recognized with a TED Prize Spirit Award. She has an MFA in Poetry; her writing has appeared in Bloomsbury Review & Best American Poetry blog.
She also writes a blog about life with MS, a service dog & a recumbent trike at wonkybent.com
To celebrate the Red Sox & the World Series, we’re offering Austinites a special deal on white, Nike DriFit BAUSTIN shirts. These limited edition tees can’t be found online, and are now available during the World Series for only $20 at My Place Sports Bar & Italian Grill.
Most sizes are available but quantities are limited!
So go get some BAUSTIN goodness and enjoy the game in a Boston sports-friendly environment. And if you’re looking for the Navy, American Apparel version, they’ll have some of those, too, but only in size large.
The University Co-Op was the first local retailer to start selling BAUSTIN t-shirts after the attack at the Boston Marathon. Today, Co-Op President George Mitchell delivered a check for $7,100.82 to The One Fund—all the proceeds from the sale of over 600 BAUSTIN t-shirts in their Guadalupe location.
We’ll proudly be joining The Austin Track Club at their Red Sock Relays at Austin High School from 9am - 11am on Saturday, May 11, 2013 to raise money for The One Fund.
The relays will feature local runners who competed in the Boston Marathon with running groups such as Gilbert’s Gazelles and Rogue Running, local elite athletes as well as athletes from Boston-area track clubs. The Red Sock Relays will be a series of 200-meter sprints, 1-mile relays and 1-mile individual races. The Austin Track Club will donate $25 for each person who runs 200 meters in under 26.2 seconds; $50 for each relay team that runs a mile in under 4:15; and $75 for each individual who runs a mile in under 4:15.
All participants in the relays will receive a pair of red socks to commemorate the city of Boston and its citizens, and of course, you’ll be able to buy BAUSTIN shirts at the event (perhaps, even some limited edition versions). All proceeds will go to The One Fund.
Starting Monday afternoon (4/22/13) you will be able to purchase BAUSTIN shirts at The University CO-OP at 2246 Guadalupe (map). All proceeds will go to a charity in service of the victims of the bombing called The One Fund.
The inspiration, catalyst and designer of #baustin: Jared Cavagnuolo, Ben Thoma and Marc Ferrino.