🙏We want to hear from you!

Hey Creatives! 🤩

The Brand Team at Cornell Creatives is always looking to improve our website, blog, and other initiatives to help creators find new opportunities and collaborators. To do this, we need YOUR help! If you have been a part of our community in any capacity, we would love to hear about your unique experiences and creative journey. Our conversation with you will only take around 30 minutes of your time and will take place over Zoom. If you would like to participate, please sign up for a time with this link!

We really appreciate it!☺️

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#CreatorsWrapped 2020 Campaign 🥳

CC #CreatorsWrapped 2020 🎉

Calling all creatives!! 📢 We invite you to participate in our #CreatorsWrapped 2020 social media campaign, where we will showcase your creative hobbies/projects from last year. 🥰

To participate, visit our Instagram and DM us a picture or video + a couple of sentences describing your creative activity.

We welcome submissions from ALL skill levels! We’d love to see anything including but not limited to a new hobby you tried for the first time, creative progress you made on a project, or a creative milestone from 2020 💗

DM us on Instagram to submit your work!


[Event] Meet the Stars of 3D Printing 💫

Save the date for Wi3DP Next Gen's virtual event, 'Meet the 3D Printing Stars' that will take place, Thurs. Jan 21 at 7 PM - 9 PM EST. Meet women who are paving the way with 3D Printing to design shoes, aerospace parts to everyday things we take for granted across brands we love: LEGO, Facebook, SpaceX, New Balance & Tapestry (Kate Spade, Coach, Stuart Weitzman). 

Registration Link: https://live.remo.co/e/wi3dp-next-gen

Date/Time: Thursday, Jan 21st from 7:00 - 9:00 pm EST


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[Time Capsule] 🌠 Community Pulse

Fall 2020

✨ Introduction

As Cornell Creatives grows, one of our goals remains the same: to retain and encourage our sense of community. No matter how populous we become, we always want each member to feel they have a voice and that their voice can change us for the better. 

Taking this to heart, we decided to collect community feedback through student interviews this semester. We’ve compiled our insights from those interviews in a blog post - which is what you’re about to read right now! This first Community Pulse blog post covers what we’ve gleaned from our research during the year and how we plan to improve from the feedback we gathered.

Graphic by Renee, CC Designer


⚡ Encouraging Inspiration and Motivation: Create 101 and Featured Creators

For many members, 2020 took a toll on their creative journey. “I know a lot of people who have burnout,” said Caitlin Stanton (‘20) during the spring semester. “I have a lot of content, but no motivation to [realize] it.” 

Drawing from this perspective, our writing team created our Cornell Creatives blog over the summer. We devised the Create 101 series, sent out weekly installments via newsletter, and recently created a blog page on our website to see all our content in one place! This beginner-friendly blog series includes articles such as “How to Find Inspiration” and “How to Stay Motivated.”

Upon its release, Tise Alatise (‘23) commented, “The blogs are guides that you can access at any time. They offer advice and a sense of comfort.”

Check out our blog!

Graphic by Renee, CC Designer

In addition to offering these resources, our content team used the blog to showcase members in our Featured Creators series. Most of our interviewees shared an interest in reading about other creatives in our newsletters. “I like seeing people pursue their passions and get out of their comfort bubble,” said Mina Prapakamol (‘23). “I also like [the series’] structure, as it’s short enough to read quickly and [the content is] interesting.”

Our blog will continue to devote series to showcase our members, not only to motivate them but also to inspire others.


🤔 Solid Brand, Quiet Slack: Social Media and Presence

This semester, we developed our website and posted frequently on social media. 

These moves were met with appreciation from members who found these updates informative and engaging. “I love the website,” said Chris Tae Seo Lee (‘21). “It’s colorful and beautiful to look at. [I also appreciate the] listing of people on there. I’m on the site myself; that empowered my past experiences and gave me a good opportunity to understand that I can actually impact others as well.”

Graphic by Renee, CC Designer

This impact of showcasing our members extends to social media — Leone Farquharson (‘22) found Cornell Creatives through a repost of one of our Featured Creators’ spotlights on Instagram. “[These updates] encourage me to put more time and thought into what I want to do,” she said. “Seeing other people do creative projects inspires me, too.”

However, while our brand of being inviting and supportive is strong on our website and social media accounts, opinions vary significantly on that of our Slack. Some members are active there and use it to its fullest potential. Others read a few channels, but rarely make their presence known. Still others only realized we had a Slack this semester, and there are likely some who remain blissfully unaware of its existence.

Prapakamol feels the lower level of engagement may be because of the Slack’s sheer size. “Really big groups are intimidating,” she said. “Since the group is quiet, it’s acceptable to be quiet.” To encourage more participation, she suggests smaller groups with active members. Other students believe our Slack group should transition to an app more conducive to casual conversation, like Facebook Messenger, Discord, or GroupMe. 

No matter the path we take, it will be important to keep a way for creators to interact freely with others and to encourage a higher level of activity, especially as our members are scattered all over the world, to cultivate a friendly, connected atmosphere.


🤗 Staying Connected While Apart: Experiments and Suggestions

On the topic of staying connected: going into this semester, we knew that a lot more effort would be required to keep the momentum of our growth as we transitioned to fully virtual meetings and communication. We hosted biweekly G-body meetings, launched our newsletter to keep everyone updated, and held a calligraphy workshop and tech panel. We also expanded our team and reach on social media, bringing in fresh faces, connections, and perspectives.

However, going virtual had its own inevitable set of setbacks, and on top of that, we wanted to make this semester one of trying new things. This led to some less than ideal results. We re-launched Creativitea, which was a coffee chatting program to get to know more students, but struggled with accountability online so we made the decision to put it on pause mid-semester. 

Graphic by Renee, CC Designer

We also launched a mentorship and incubator program, Mastermind. But the number of participants dwindled to eight throughout the semester, and the premise of the program ended up causing some confusion. Suggestions for improvement include providing an incentive so future participants can stay motivated to work toward their goal even with academic pressure. An improved version of Mastermind will launch again next semester, so stay tuned!

Many suggestions for Cornell Creatives point toward more social events, especially casual ones. “It would be possible to host online game nights,” said Annie Deng (‘21). “I’d love to play in some Cornell Creatives Among Us games.” Other suggestions include mixers, challenges and competitions, and a create-a-thon for creators to collaborate.

Based on the resounding interest in getting to know one another as Cornell Creatives continues to expand, the potential for a strong sense of community is clearly promising. It’s up to us to get there. 


Blog post by:

Euna,

CC Writer


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[Time Capsule] Semester in Review 🌠

Fall 2020

✨ Introductions

For Cornell Creatives, launching as a new student organization in the Spring of 2020 was a blessing and a curse. 

It was a blessing because we somehow launched right when people would truly need us most. But also a curse, since we all faced the challenge of building community - the essence of our organization - in a virtual world.  

Led by passionate, motivated, and innovative board members, Cornell Creatives was able to completely redesign our website, launch a new blog page, and set up programs and events for CC members and the Cornell Community at large. We gained more than 1,800 followers on Instagram and connected creatives from across the world.

Here is our first ever Semester in Review, from the perspective of Cornell Creatives Board members. It’s our opportunity to reflect, grow, and share an inside scoop as to what really goes behind each Instagram post.


💻 Re-Designing the Cornell Creatives Website 

October 15, 2020, was a special day. Why, you may ask?

Because Cornell Creatives launched our redesigned, beautiful website. From the aesthetic pastel colors, the beautiful graphics, the excellent UX design… it really is an accomplishment. One we are proud of.

Check out our website!

It required a lot of work from almost every team, and of course, discipline. Sharon Li, Co-Brand Lead, reflected on how the Team worked as a whole: 

“Everyone's very proactive about getting their own work done, and seeking feedback to improve their own work. I think that made us a lot more efficient, and more likely to produce higher quality work.”

Before handing off their designs to Tech Team to be coded, Designers Ardensa Cartajona and Hank Lin made several iterations of each website page:

The Design and Tech Teams would have bi-weekly Team syncs, allowing them to update each other on Website progress and provide any feedback from one Team to the other. 

Joie Ng, who helped code the Join and About pages, especially appreciated this collaborative process.

“Seeing the different pages of design rolling out and working with the Design Team to iterate and get their feedback on the implementation was really a highlight of this semester,” Joie said.


🌟The Blog Launch: A Months-On-End Project 

Launching a Blog for an organization is not as easy as you may think. It took the effort of the Writing, Publicity, Design, and Tech Teams. 

The semester started with blog posts following “Featured Creators,” where writers interviewed CC members and wrote about their creative projects. 

Our second series was “Create 101,” which allowed writers to explore a range of topics that affect creators, ranging from How to Find Inspiration to How to Handle Criticism. 

The blog posts were always enhanced with beautiful artwork from our Graphic Designers, Ryun Shim and Renee Hoh:

Renee explained her experience working from home, and communicating with the team virtually: 

“Weirdly enough, I feel more confident when it comes to making the graphics - I just sit down and do it, even if there might be more distractions at home. But what makes it hard is that I haven't met half of the team in person before.” 

Kylie Grinwald, Co-Brand Lead, was primarily in charge of the writers - which meant creating guidelines for each blog series, sending each week’s blog post via email newsletter, and communicating between writers and designers. 

“Personally I feel that I learned a lot about project management from having a leadership role in the Team this semester and seeing through blog series from their inception to actually publishing them,” Kylie said. 


💡 Building a Virtual Community: The Internal Team 

Our Internal Team, which is responsible for engaging members in the CC community through a wide range of programs, faced a difficult challenge: how do we get people to join our Zoom events? 

The Internal Team had a number of incredible projects: Mastermind, Creativitea, and G-Body meetings. 

Mastermind is a 6-week incubator program where creators can meet up with more experienced members and be guided on whatever project they’re working on - whether its starting a YouTube Channel, or working on their Design skills. 

Jasmine Wang, who primarily facilitated Mastermind, explained how exciting it was to see everyone’s different creative projects: 

“One of my favorite moments this semester was during one Mastermind meeting where we got to see different projects, and one girl showed us her ‘Most Awkward Moments at Cornell’ Video.” 

Because Mastermind went so well this semester, the Internal Team plans to continue it in Spring 2021. 

Creativitea was a program meant to facilitate coffee chats between creatives who work in different mediums, allowing for potential collaboration. Asher Lipman, who led Creativitea, talked about how difficult it was to get people engaged. 

“In terms of our accomplishments, I would point to less of what we got off the ground, but more about us coming up with ideas that will set us up strongly next semester,” Asher explained. 


💥The Events Team: Anything from Calligraphy Workshops, to Making Music

The Events Team tries to engage a larger audience for both current and prospective CC members, and often the events would focus on specific creative mediums. 

Events Team Co-Leads Kelly Ryoo and Rishabh Sabu faced a similar challenge to the Internal Team. However, a virtual world actually offered them some new opportunities. 

Rishabh started up a video podcast called The Vibe Spot. In the podcast, he collaborated with other musicians in CC to create a song, and reflected on the process. 

“I think an online format forced me to think a little bit more outside of the box. Instead of the normal things I did on campus, I created the podcast. It took a lot of work, but it was a really cool initiative which I don’t know if I would have done if it was a normal year,” Rishabh explained.

Kelly led a Calligraphy Workshop virtually, and sent out calligraphy tools to anyone who signed up. 

She also planned a tech event, the “Creative Ventures in Tech” panel, which featured Cornell alumni who started their own Tech companies. 

“We invited Cornell alumni who were dispersed all around the country and the world. If it was in person, I would probably have to find speakers who are in Ithaca… but since it's through Zoom, we could invite anyone who was interested,” Kelly said.


✨ Conclusion: A Word from Cornell Creatives Team Leads

Dear Cornell Creatives, 

Do any of these words resonate with you? Resilient, energizing, and lively. Uniting and rewarding. Dynamic and flexible, yet pioneering. Scrappy. 

Because that’s how we’re feeling this semester. This letter is from the Cornell Creatives Team Leads, the people who lead the four different teams within Cornell Creatives Board: Brand, Internal, Tech, and Events - as well as our Co-Presidents who lead all of us Team Leads, and our Secretary who helps us all stay organized.

We’ve had a crazy semester, just like you probably have. There’s a part in all of us that feels a little bit vexed by the year 2020: 

“This semester was a little more challenging. It’d be a lie to say it wasn’t.” - Rishabh, Co-Events Lead

“Leading a virtual team, communication is even more important than in person. Every single thing you communicate has to be really purposeful and deliberate.” - Sharon, Co-Brand Lead

“Not only are we trying to manage people, but my job is also about trying to bring people together through events. It’s been difficult this semester because I normally feed off that energy from being together in-person.” - Claire, Internal Lead

But there’s also a part in each of us that’s thinking back with a smile on our face to some of the things that Cornell Creatives has accomplished this semester! (pro tip: We 11/10 recommend that you take some time to recognize the amazing creative things you’ve done this year too.)

Here’s what that looked like for us: 

“This semester, Cornell Creatives is starting to branch out and have more initiatives - like the blog, The Vibe Spot podcast, and Mastermind - all of which were done while we’re completely virtual, which makes it more impressive!” - Kaysie, Tech Lead

“I joined Cornell Creatives this semester because I thought the Instagram page looked pretty, but I’ve been able to really branch out not just from the Board but also with meeting different people at events who have many different interests!” - Kelly, Co-Events Lead

“Working with more and more different team members this semester was just so exciting for me. Everyone I teamed up with on each different project had so many good ideas and so much creative passion.” - Kylie, Co-Brand Lead

And, **spoiler alert,** we plan on channeling our creativity to find new and better ways to connect with you during the upcoming spring semester. Here’s how we’re feeling and what we’re thinking for the spring:

“One thing I’m looking for next semester is seeing how we change and grow and learn from all the things we’ve done this semester. There are a lot of people with interesting ideas that they want to bring to the table next semester. It’ll be really cool to see that happen!” - Thomas, Co-President

“I'm really excited to see new leadership on Cornell Creatives. After this semester, everyone has a better idea of how they lead and how their team can be managed. Momentum is on our side. We’ve gotten through the hardest part and things will get better.” - Katie, Co-President

And, perhaps the best way to say what we’re hoping for next semester, 

“I’m excited to see new people get excited about Cornell Creatives.” - Jocelyn, Secretary

Sending good vibes and all our creative excitement, 

CC Team Leads


Blog post by:

Ainav,

CC Writer

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CC Blog Page Launch and Project Opportunity 🥰

Blog Page Launch 💻

Hey newsletter subscribers! Have you been reading our Create 101 ⚡ and Featured Creators 👀 posts this semester?

Now our blog posts are on the NEW blog page of the Cornell Creatives website! 🥳

Check out our NEW blog page!

Stay tuned next week for a brand new blog series to celebrate the end of the semester! 🌠


Project Opportunity 🚀

A team of Cornell students is creating a summer pop-up event in NYC featuring a wall of pink 3D-printers, an installation focusing on Programming, and another focusing on mechanical engineering. Everyone will leave the pop-up curious about what other STEM concepts they can explore while also realizing that STEM doesn’t need to be a bro culture or boring or masculine - it can be fun, beautiful, PINK, and, most importantly, welcoming! This project is supported by Lydia Hill Philanthropies, AAAS, and Girls Who Code among many others!

They are looking for a Creative Lead who can handle the graphic content development of this project ranging from developing branding materials to social media graphics to a mural that will be part of the pop-up. If you are interested, please email Karina Popovich at kpopovich45@gmail.com.


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