Want to get creative and disconnect? Join a nationwide effort with the Reconnect Project on September 2nd, 2012.
Last week we brought you a few stories from Omaha Fashion Week. And starting Friday another group is working to continue encouraging creativity beyond fashion. It’s Omaha Creative Week and it’s the chance to get everyone involved.
Behind every great city, you’ll find great people.
“Everything that's good in life has creativity to it,” said Hal France. “Omaha has a wonderful creative energy that has been growing over the years.”
That’s why for the 3rd year in a row, Omaha Creative Week is putting the city's creativity in the spot light. Specifically in the categories of business, education, social services and the arts.
It all starts with a kick off party on August 31st.
And the week continues with events all week. But organizers aren’t calling them events, they’re calling them Sparks; hoping to spark creativity in many people through out the city.
“I always think of, oh I just have a spark of creativity,” said Jason Levering.
And it’s not just for artists.
“We're also looking for general business people, people who sit in their cubical all day. It's an opportunity for them to get out, go our and participate in something artistic. It kind of gets the creative juices flowing on a daily basis,” said Marc Longbrake.
One spark that organizers hope will draw a lot of attention, a 48 hour film festival. The challenge, use just one thing, your smart phone. The idea of the challenge is to level the playing field.
“With your cell phone you're out there and this is all you have. You don't have steady cam opportunities, you have to figure out audio,” said Longbrake.
Another spark will benefit Region 6, a local non-profit, collecting furniture.
“We want pieces that need to be restored, so we are going to be restoring them in creative and artistic ways,” said Levering.
Nationally on September 2nd, The Reconnect Project is challenging everyone to turn off internet connected devices and go out and participate in something creative. Then post it online on September 3rd.
It just happens to fall on the same week as Omaha Creative Week. Look for related links below for a link to their Sparks.