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Creative minds form County chapter of Awesome Foundation

Creative-Rural-Minds-logoCreative Minds networking events are to be resurrected this month with a Creative Rural Minds event – and the launch of ‘The Awesome Foundation’.

The networking event is designed to stimulate conversation and collaboration in Prince Edward County.

“We were inspired by the Creative Minds events that took place from 2009 to 2010 as a product of the Economic Development Office, and we yearned to recreate these vital opportunities to gather and exchange ideas,” said co-organizer Lenny Epstein, a filmmaker. “We hope that this will be the first of many meetings of Creative Rural Minds.”

The gathering will also see the launch of the Prince Edward County chapter of the Awesome Foundation.

“The Awesome Foundation for the Arts and Sciences is an ever-growing, worldwide network of people devoted to forwarding the interest of… awesomeness,” said Krista Dalby, host of the event. “The idea started in 2009 in Boston, and now dozens of local chapters of the foundation distribute $1,000 grants to projects and their creators. The money is pooled together from the coffers of 10 or so self-organizing ‘micro-trustees’ and awarded with no strings attached.”

The Awesome Foundation of Prince Edward County will start with a group of 10 locals who each contribute $100 toward a fund. Andrew McCann, from Awesome Kingston, will speak about how the initiative has impacted his own community. Deadline for the first round of applications will be Aug. 1, 2014.

The night will also feature short presentations by two County couples that organizers believe embody the spirit of County creativity. Gavin North and Bay Woodyard have been invited to speak about their company, Honey Pie Hives and Herbals, including their latest endeavor in mead production. Peter and Alice Mennacher are to relate their experiences as creative pioneers in the County. Their Blizzmax Gallery in South Bay is now in its 21st year.

Everything unfolds Monday, June 16 6:30-8:30 at Small Pond Arts, 337 Clarke Road, Picton. Rain date is June 19.

Creative types of all stripes, outside-the-box thinkers, small business owners, newcomers, doers, dreamers and community-builders are invited to attend, along with those who want to do awesome things, and those who wish to support awesome things being done.

Food by Picnic PEC; music by Cole Norton and DJ Ombudsman. On-site child care provided by The Hub for a small fee. Confirm interest in childcare by June 9th to or (613) 471-1322.


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