In January 2004 a small group of young professionals got together to drive the popular Creative Cities Movement in Fresno. From that small initial group, Creative Fresno has moved on to become a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization with a bold, progressive board of directors who pride themselves on being creative problem solvers. In a short amount of time, the organization has had many successes:
With such a diverse membership and support base, Creative Fresno has the ability to engage in multiple arenas: arts, civic and business. We bring a fresh prospective to the table and demand that people not just talk about changing our community, but work together to make it happen.
- Raised: $1890
- 89 Donors
- Goal: $2500
- Participating in the Mayor’s Creative Economy Council — passionate about championing and monitoring the progress of the goals set forth in the report, Making the Grass Greener: Recommendations to Retain, Attract, Develop and Support Knowledge Workers
- The Mural Project in Downtown Fresno
- Awards from the American Planning Association
- Livability Survey Report, Livability Priorities for the Fresno Creative Class
- Monthly Creative Blenders, social gatherings at a variety of Fresno locales
- MindHub — a listserv facilitating a community conversation for creative professionals throughout the Central Valley
- We need to implement the recommendations of the CEC report, because we have the ability to engage in multiple areas: arts, civics and business.
- We need to serve and create connectedness with creative professionals and knowledge workers to retain them in our community, because the more “smarties”, the more economic vibrancy.
- In educating our community to create an awareness of issues which need to be overcome and areas of pride, because it will change mindsets which will result in social change.
- In our ability to collaborate because it will lead to higher quality outcomes.
- Fresno can be the place we want it to be (vibrant, edgy, cool, fun), because it will make Fresno a home and help attract and retain creative professionals.
- Things can change, because we will raise and broaden Fresno’s expectations of its community.
- Knowledge workers are important, because they bring positive change by way of a diverse community.
- Diversity benefits the greater community, because it brings exposure to new ideas and cultures.
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