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CANCELED: True Stories from a Creative Life


Today's event has been canceled due to illness. We hope to reschedule this talk for next academic year. 

The Work Beside the Work: True Stories from a Creative Life by Erin Elder

Thursday, May 12, 5:00 pm

This is a hybrid event.
Attend in person at the Cornerstone Arts Center Film Screening Room or join us on Zoom.

What is the real work of an artist? There is artwork and there is the work it requires. While attention is given to finished products and final outcomes, the artist’s creative process is often intentionally obscured from view. As an artist and curator, Erin Elder has been producing artworks for over 20 years and in her support of others, she is deeply familiar with the real lives of artists and their myriad creative processes. In this illustrated talk, Erin will reveal the often hidden activities, the mixed emotions, the inner stoking, the necessary failures, and what it takes to maintain a connection with one’s muse. Against the backdrop of runaway climate collapse and ongoing culture wars, she will share the challenges, absurdities, and triumphs met in constantly creating the conditions for discovery and expression. With a fascination for the messier, weirder, and largely unpredictable aspects of art making, this tell-all presentation aims to demystify the creative process by showing the work beside the work.

Copy/paste Zoom link for Erin's talk: https://coloradocollege.zoom.us/j/96553497493

First Monday with Dez Stone Menendez




What is innovation, anyway?

On Monday, November 29th, Director of Creativity & Innovation Dez Stone Menendez ’00, explored what it means to expand innovation beyond the commercial sphere to the cultural, social, and personal. She shared the philosophy and guiding principles behind the Creativity & Innovation initiative at CC. 

If you missed the presentation, the link to view the talk is here

The First Mondays Event Series is a campus-wide forum that aims to engage all members of the CC community, including students, staff, administrators, and faculty. The series creates opportunities for the whole community to gather, encouraging everyone to be part of the intellectual life of the college, and facilitating discourse among students, faculty, and staff, across courses, disciplines, and divisions. Classes are dismissed early on the first Monday of each block so that all may attend the First Monday event.

Building Closure

The Creativity & Innovation building is currently closed to all students, staff, and faculty due to water damage and structural repairs. The basement workshop, laser cutter, and offices will remain closed until further notice. If you have questions about the building closure, please contact Kate Carroll at kcarroll@coloradocollege.edu

Mindfulness Resident

Myra Jackson

January 3rd - March 20, 2022

Creativity & Innovation Mindfulness Resident, Myra Jackson
Creativity & Innovation is excited to announce Myra Jackson as our Mindfulness Resident from January 3-March 20, 2022. During her residency, Myra will offer a Dynamic Half-Block class, collaborate with faculty to conduct activities within classes, and offer workshops for staff, students, and faculty.  

Dynamic Half-Block: 

Innate Mindfulness: Exploring our Inner Ecology for Thriving on a Changing Planet 

January 11-21, 11 am to 1 pm MST each day 


Click Here to Register for Myra's Dynamic Half Block Class 

Course Description:  

We all hold basic – although often unconscious – assumptions about the very nature of reality, including our relationship with what is commonly called “nature” or “the environment.” As well, we have assimilated a variety of sensorial habits or filters that affect the way we perceive the world. These assumptions – together with sensorial and cognitive habits – may influence our ability to perceive the problems we face and also limit our imagination, making it more difficult to conceive of a path toward ecological sustainability and social well-being. As Albert Einstein noted, “the significant problems we face cannot be solved at the same level of thinking we were at when we created them.” We may need a new vision of reality, or even a new modality of consciousness – a more ecological worldview – in order to address our most urgent crises and to create a more just and sustainable human society.  
This experiential course is an introductory exploration into Mindfulness as innate within humans. Through it, students will discover the innate somatic sentient intelligence within every human that is the rudimentary basis of Mindfulness. In this workshop, exposure to one's own sensorial doorways are utilized to open into the innate power within to explore the corresponding ecology within that connects every human to the ecosystems in which they live.  
With Nature as a companion, students will learn strategies to skillfully work with thoughts, emotions, and sensations, while developing their capacity to enhance mind-body awareness of present-moment experience to enhance connections to self, community, and the Earth. 

Myra's Biography:

Electrical Engineer, Organizational Development Professional and Founding member of the Gaiafield Project, Myra Jackson holds the title of Diplomat of the Biosphere awarded by Stockholm Resilience Centre, (SRC). Her primary work is focused on climate change, the Planetary Commons, Culture of Peace initiatives and public policy affecting the wellness of people and planet. Linking local and global policymaking, she is Senior Advisor, Whole Earth Civics, Geoversiv Foundation. In her role as, UN Representative in New York and Geneva, Myra serves as the focal point on climate change for the Commons Cluster of NGOs and expert on the UN Harmony with Nature Knowledge Network.  She facilitated Oprah Winfrey’s Belief series initiative as an official program of the United Nations hosted by the President of the 70th General Assembly in October 2015.

More Information:
For further information or to discuss ways that Myra could participate in a class or campus activity, please contact Jessica Hunter via email jhunter@coloradocollege.edu or 719-389-7083. We are open to all ideas and collaborations!

Student Seed Innovation Grants

Student Seed Innovation Grants Block 3 Submission Deadline: Nov. 17, 2021

Students planning to apply for a Student Seed Innovation Grant in Block 3: Applications are due Wednesday, November 17th. Creativity & Innovation will announce Block 3 grant recipients on December 3rd. For any questions about SSIG or the application process, please contact Kate Carroll at kcarroll@coloradocollege.edu

Scholar in Residence

Creativity & Innovation is excited to announce the appointment of Felicia Rose Chavez as our Inaugural Bronfman Creativity & Innovation Scholar-in-Residence.

"We are thrilled to welcome Felicia as our first Bronfman Creativity & Innovation Scholar-in-Residence. As an educator, creative practitioner, and scholar, Felicia embodies the program's goals to nurture students' creative capacities and to support the College's ongoing anti-racist work. In this new role, Felicia's work has the potential to benefit our entire CC community. " Dez Stone Menendez, Director of Creativity & Innovation

This new, three-year Residency will allow Creativity & Innovation to expand our service to the College by hosting longer-term Residents from a variety of disciplinary backgrounds to share their creative practices, scholarship, and innovative ideas with our community. Working in collaboration with CC faculty members in all divisions and the Creativity & Innovation team, the Scholar-in-Residence will develop and implement curricular elements that help build students' creative capacities, teach block courses that engage aspects of creativity theory and practice, host workshops for faculty, develop and disseminate scholarship within their field, and engage audiences within and beyond Colorado College to invite collaboration and expand possibilities for creativity pedagogies across disciplines.

BluegrassBebe-9383Felicia Rose Chavez is an award-winning educator with an MFA in Creative Nonfiction from the University of Iowa. She is the author of The Anti-Racist Writing Workshop: How to Decolonize the Creative Classroom and co-editor of The BreakBeat Poets Volume 4: LatiNEXT with Willie Perdomo and José Olivarez. A familiar face here at Colorado College, Felicia taught courses in English, Film and Media Studies, and the Colket Center for Academic Excellence from 2012-2018.

Formerly, Felicia served as Program Director to Young Chicago Authors and founded GirlSpeak, a literary webzine for high school students. She went on to teach writing at the University of New Mexico, where she was distinguished as the Most Innovative Instructor of the Year, the University of Iowa, where she was distinguished as the Outstanding Instructor of the Year, and Colorado College, where she received the Theodore Roosevelt Collins Outstanding Faculty Award. Her creative scholarship earned her a Ronald E. McNair Fellowship, a University of Iowa Graduate Dean's Fellowship, a Riley Scholar Fellowship, and a Hadley Creatives Fellowship. Originally from Albuquerque, New Mexico, Felicia has returned to Colorado Springs to serve as the inaugural XX Creativity and Innovation Scholar-in-Residence at Colorado College in Colorado Springs. Find her at www.feliciarosechavez.com.

In her role as Bronfman Scholar-in-Residence, Felicia will assist the Creativity & Innovation team to develop and support creativity pedagogies across campus and host faculty workshops. In addition, Felica will teach selected creativity-related block courses, beginning with Creative Non-Fiction in Block 2, thus reviving one of several popular courses that she taught at Colorado College as a Riley Scholar Fellow. Other courses include: Podcasting; The Inspiration Lab; Audio Essay; Audio Documentary; and Thesis Boot Camp. An award-winning teacher, Felicia possesses a special gift for helping students to connect with each other, with community, and to their own internal creative capacities. As former student recounts, "She encouraged a present-ness in each of us, not only as classmates, but also as human beings, as fellow artists. She strives to build and foster an environment of encouragement, one in which the heart is relaxed and the mind is at ease, a room of trust, an atmosphere of relationship. Her direct connection and respect for each of us paved the way for confident experimentation in our works. She is a genuine artist concerned with the growth and maturation of her students. I am extremely thankful to have been taught by her."


As Bronfman Scholar-in-Residence, Felicia will also continue developing and sharing her creative practices, as well as her scholarly research. Felicia's book The Anti-Racist Writing Workshop: How to Decolonize the Creative Classroom (Haymarket Books, January 2021) is a call to create healthy, sustainable, and empowering classroom communities. The Anti-Racist Writing Workshop invites educators to liberate their thinking from "the way it's always been done," and specifically addresses how to:


  • Deconstruct our biases to achieve a cultural shift in perspective.
  • Design a democratic teaching model to create safe spaces for creative concentration.
  • Recruit, nourish, and fortify students of color to best empower them to exercise voice.
  • Embolden our students to self-advocate as responsible citizens in a globalized community.


In The Anti-Racist Writing Workshop, Felicia exposes the invisible politics of power and privilege that have silenced writers of color for far too long, and presents a teaching model that protects and platforms students of color, because every writer deserves access to a public voice. It's more urgent than ever that we consciously work against traditions of dominance in the classroom, but what specific actions can we take to achieve authentically inclusive communities?Described as a captivating mix of memoir and progressive teaching strategies, the book demonstrates how to be culturally attuned, twenty-first century educators.

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