To take a look back on the past year, we did a little Q&A with CreativeMornings Fargo co-host and graphic design wizard Jeff Knight. We’re grateful to Jeff, co-host Ashley Morken, every volunteer and every sponsor who have worked hard to keep this series fun and engaging. Our community is better because of it!
THE ARTS PARTNERSHIP: What has been the highlight of the first year of CreativeMornings Fargo?
JEFF KNIGHT: One of the highlights has been seeing such a great response from attendees and I’m grateful and happy that the community continues to attend and support our events. The main highlight was the quality and contributions from ALL our speakers. They all shared a stage that allowed them to discuss an aspect of how creativity touched their lives.
A standout highlight for me was having Roxanne Newman, a heart surgeon from Sanford, come to our event and share her morning with us. She’s an asset to this community, and the people she serves, and I’m truly honored we could have her speak to our group on CHAOS (especially since we learned she had to be back and prep for surgery later that day…talk about chaos)! She’s a rockstar!
TAP: What was your favorite theme and why?
JK: My favorite theme so far was PRESERVE just because it’s such a vague topic and I think our team managed to creatively find a power couple in Rachel and Jeremiah of Off the Deck Hot Sauce to be great presenters on the topic. They discussed not only how it applies to their preservation process of making hot sauce, but also how preservation sneaks into their business acumen.
TAP: What are goals for the coming year for CreativeMornings Fargo? How would you like to see it evolve?
JK: We’re hoping to engage a more diverse group of speakers and trying to find those people in the community that haven’t been given a platform to share their stories. There’s a lot of inspiration and creative undertakings in Fargo and it has become our mission to seek them out and connect them with our global topics each month. With our first year down, we have learned so much.
Going into year two, we’re hoping to improve upon the things we were doing right and find ways to improve anything that needs addressing. We discussed expanding, but I don’t think that’s what CreativeMornings Fargo needs right now, but we did talk about maybe a couple of non-morning events that we might try and experiment with this year. It’s still being discussed, so I don’t want to promise anything we haven’t made official yet. 🙂
Thanks, Jeff! Tickets are currently sold out for tomorrow’s gathering, but you can put yourself on the waitlist here. CreativeMornings Fargo takes place every last Friday of the month at Drekker’s Brewhalla. More information is available on www.creativemornings.com/cities/far or on the group’s Facebook page.
Photo credit for the featured image goes to J. Alan Paul Photography.