After she became the arts columnist for The Devil Strip magazine, Katelyn Gainer gleaned a number of bits of advice. Like this one: creative people often learn from their failures as much as their successes.
So she decided to launch a breakfast speaker series called Creative Cog Akron, which starts Aug. 11, 7:30 a.m. at Musica. “I wanted to give them a platform to share their stories,” says Gainer, whose special guest next week is Devil Strip publisher Chris Horne, who himself has started a local creative movement with the publication of his alt-semi-weekly. Horne also created UnBox Akron, a soon-to-be-launched monthly subscription box, funded by Knight Foundation, that highlights Akron’s myriad unique offerings.
“He’s really invested himself in Akron,” says Gainer, who adds that Liz Tyran and Jason Scala, co-owners of Urban Eats, will provide the breakfast, and Horne will provide the lessons in “dancing with failure and the art of living local.”
And by using the term “creative people,” Gainer clarifies that the series isn’t just focused on the arts. “I’m using that term very generally. There are so many different creative fields and positions. even if you’re working on a creative project but your career might not be.”
Registration is required: the event is free to attend, but breakfast is $10. Breakfast registration must be made by Aug. 5. Musica is located at 51 E. Market St. in downtown Akron.
Creative Cog also is looking for volunteers for this and upcoming events. To register to attend Creative Cog Akron, visit: www.eventbrite.com/e/creative-cog-akron-tickets-17557114803.
The next event is Sept. 8, featuring photographer and entrepreneur Andrew Smith.