Dec 172009
Celebrating six months of the Salem Creative Network at Travel Salem.

Celebrating six months of the Salem Creative Network at Travel Salem.

So here we are, six months after a small group of motivated individuals gathered to provide creative solutions for social innovation. The Creative Pub Crawl, Willamette Valley Wine Walk, Salem City Repair, Bicycle Music Festival and establishing a green downtown were planned and implemented when business owners, property owners, community organizers and artists decided to create a new network focused solely on social innovation. We have provided hundreds of programming hours and tens of thousands of dollars to small businesses, artists and musicians. And we have created a structure to support more programming, business advocacy and political action.

Help us celebrate our successes Friday night at the last Creative Pub Crawl of 2009. We’ll start with a 5:00 p.m. pre-crawl art show featuring Jami Moffett at the f-stop, 335 Grove St NE. The crawl moves to Cafe Noir at 6:00 p.m. with live music for our enjoyment. Bring a coat or scarf for her clothing drive to benefit Union Gospel Mission. You can see the full Pub Crawl schedule on our Facebook event page. Please stop by Coffee House Cafe for $1 espresso shots and the Stender Jazz Band and Straight From New York Pizza for $1 slices.

We’re looking forward to more success in 2010 and invite you to be a part of it. Please reply if you’re interested in planning or participating in future Salem Creative Network efforts.

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Dec 072009

The Salem Creative Network is celebrating six months of providing creative solutions for social innovation this month! When we started this back in June, we had no idea that it would become so popular. We now have more than 400 people on the email list and more joining after each event. We will assess our programming at the end of the month and plan the next six months of invigorating downtown Salem.

The venue owners are ecstatic about the turnout and level of professionalism associated with the Network. Retailers will be included in programming beginning with the January Willamette Valley Wine Walk happening on Friday, January 15. And we have plans for including restaurants and non-alcoholic venues in events also. If you want to get in on the planning, attend one of our monthly meetings.

Willamette Valley Wine Walk 6:00 p.m. Friday, December 11 at Travel Salem 181 High St NE. We had a great turnout last month and lots of enthusiasm for a relaxed, sociable wine-related event in the heart of wine country. 30 people participated and thoroughly enjoyed the evening despite the obvious lack of men. It turned into girls night out and we decide to do more promotion to even out the ratio. We’ll see if that works on Friday. Please signup online or visit our Facebook event page.

Creative Pub Crawl

While the turnout was slightly less than the previous month (probably due to Snuggie stigma) the Creative Pub Crawl seems to be connecting hundreds of new relationships as anticipated. Based on the Facebook signups already, it looks like everyone is ready to get in the Christmas spirit on Friday, December 18,. The photo scavenger hunt was very popular and pushed a few boundaries with humorous results. We’ll do that again this month¬† for more prizes.

For those interested, the Network is meeting 4:00 p.m. Sunday, December 13 for a Misfit Toy Sweatshop event at f-stop visual arts center, 335 Grove St NE. We’ll be disassembling unwanted toys and creating more exciting toys for prizes along the Creative Pub Crawl route.

We’re meeting 5:30 tonight above Tea Party Bookshop with mayoral candidate Jordan Blake. He is an active member of the Network’s Salem City Repair project and is in on the planning of the Village Converge event planned for late spring. Jordan’s campaign is resonating with the progressive community in Salem and we’ll see how his views align with Salem Creative Network goals. Also at tonight’s meeting, we’ll be re-tooling the mission statemnet for the non-profit organization and discussing the mission statements for the proposed political action committee and business advocacy group. Please stop by if you have the time.

Thanks again for making the Salem Creative Network a reality and we look forward to more growth  in 2010.

Ross Swartzendruber

 December 7, 2009  Posted by at 1:33 pm Uncategorized 1 Response »