Waking Up to Creativity

Richmond Grid
3 min readNov 30, 2016

By Molly Korroch

Doug Nunn believes that everyone is creative. But to live a creative life, it takes bravery, honesty, and a lot of hard work. Last year Nunn set out to find a way to foster an inclusive and creative community, which led to the launch of CreativeMornings RVA.

Initially launched in 2008 in New York by Tina Roth Eisenberg, CreativeMornings started with a simple concept: breakfast and an inspiring talk one Friday morning a month. The idea took off, and today there are CreativeMornings events hosted in cities around the world.

With creative talent hitting an all-time high in Richmond, Nunn felt a local chapter was well overdue. “CreativeMornings RVA connects the innovative and creative thinkers of our community and connects Richmond to the 151 cities around the world that are also a part of the CreativeMornings family,” explains Nunn.

Since launching the event in Richmond, CreativeMornings has featured presentations by Richmond-based artists, writers, musicians, social entrepreneurs, and more. Jason Lefton, a laser artist and founder of Big Secret, recently talked about magic and delivering wonder to our lives. Public relations expert Elisabeth Edelman, founder of Golden Word, spoke on the topic of risky business. Ed Trask, artist and co-founder of RVA Street Art Festival, delivered one of the most moving presentations to date as he spoke on the topic of love. Katherine Wintsch, founder of The Mom Complex, talked about how to find your missing peace. R. Anthony Harris, editor of RVA Magazine, dazzled guests with his wild and weird adventures, while evolving an idea into reality. And that’s just the beginning.

“Since its inception last November, CreativeMornings has sold out of nearly every monthly event,” says team member Rachel Scott Everett. “I think it goes to show that the RVA community was eager for a platform where we could meet, share, talk, listen, and be inspired.”

CreativeMornings RVA, which has quickly become one of the most active chapters in the network of events that spans six continents, is led by a host of volunteer organizers and local sponsors. “We have amazingly creative people, places, and experiences all around us. The city is bursting with cool things happening in the arts, food and hospitality, music and culture. CreativeMornings is helping not only to recognize all that, but to celebrate it so it continues to shape and define Richmond moving forward,” says Everett.

Open to all, CreativeMornings RVA is currently asking for thoughts, suggestions, and connections in Richmond to help further grow the chapter’s impact. “CreativeMornings is about fostering an inclusive creative community in Richmond and everyone is an integral part of that community because everyone is creative. Everyone is welcome,” says Nunn.