"You must not for one instant give up the effort to build new lives for yourselves. Creativity means to push open the heavy, groaning doorway to life. This is not an easy struggle. Indeed, it may be the most difficult task in the world, for opening the door to your own life is, in the end, more difficult than opening the door to the mysteries of the universe."

— Daisaku Ikeda, Buddhist Philosopher, Teacher, Author

“I’m not an Artist” – “I don’t have an artistic bone in my body” – “I can’t draw” . . . Sound familiar? For many of us, the idea of being creative is limited to those we perceive as having a talent: drawing, painting, singing, dancing and the like. We recall, though, that as children we reveled in imagination, story–telling, impromptu songs and performances in the backyard, finger painting and making gifts for others for every occasion. Evan Picasso said, “All children are artists. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up.”

We invite you to spend some time at the conference and join us in a variety of Creativity Experiences that offer an opportunity to engage in creative play: Artist Trading Cards, Making a Journal, the Journal Wall, Origami Art, and more. Come out and PLAY! All materials, tools and individual instruction is provided and included with your conference registration. No need to sign up and no limit on participants.

The Creativity Experience takes place in the RiverCenter Lower Concourse. More details will be in the packet you will receive at conference check-in.

Artist Trading Cards (ATCs)

Artist Trading Cards are miniature works of art created on 2 × 3 ½ inch card stock. They are originals, small editions and, most importantly, self-produced. Anybody can create an Artist Trading card, and they are great for all ages.

We encourage you to made Artist Trading Card before the PSD meeting and bring your creations to trade. We will also have an ATC “make-and-take” table set up complete with art supplies and a “how-to” handout so people can make and trade cards at the event.

Trading cards can be whatever you want them to be, poems, music, mixed media collages, drawings, photo collages, etc. We are encouraging participants to work with our theme, “Roots and Wings,” but they should feel free to create a card that is meaningful to them or represents their own creativity. See our Artist Trading Card page for specific information about how to make them.

Make a Journal

Learn how to make your own journal. Create your own storybook. Document your conference experience. Record your ideas. Imagine possibilities.

Journal-keeping is a time honored tradition throughout the generations and a creative tool that offers a private place to try out ideas, solve problems, collaborate with others or simply give your Left Brain a necessary break from the everyday stresses of life.

We’ll show you basic binding skills as well as ways to get started on your journal-keeping journey. All materials and tools will be provided as well as individual instruction. We’ll have warm-up exercises to get you started and demonstrate techniques you may want to use in your new journal. Suitable for all ages.

The Journal Wall

It’s a well-known fact that Unitarian Universalists usually have something to say. Check out the Journal Wall in the RiverCenter Lower Atrium. (More details and a map will be in the packet you will receive at conference check-in.) Add your two cents – make your mark – doodle, draw, tell everyone that You are Here!

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