i’ve gotten involved in starting a non-profit geared to encourage child literacy (visual too!) and creativity, called the Grand Rapids Creative Youth Center.
(see http://grcommunity.wordpress.com/ or just ask me, i’ll talk your ear off)
i’m so excited to be a part of such a great team, doing rad things like storytelling workshops with kids that end up with a villain named Dr. Crazy-Pants who, by the way, has a zig-zag mustache.
so last night, we had a brainstorming party to help us come up with “storefront” ideas (think Dave Eggers’ 826 National) and gather suggestions for local writers/artists to lead workshops, among other things necessary to start up a new non-profit when you aren’t fiscally able to bankroll yourself (ahem).
it was a fabulous success, and proof once again that grand rapids, michigan is filled with creative, talented, out-of-the-box thinkers. big thanks to everyone who attended and stayed on task in the face of wine and cheese.