I’m so excited for tonight!
11 years ago I was new to NWI working as a designer. I felt like I was on an island. I decided to get out of my comfort zone, as a natural introvert, and cold call another local designer whose work I admired. We met for lunch and talked about The Region, the arts, and the lack of community around creative professionals.
Well, it wasn’t long after that lunch that Joe Gonzalez and I decided to stop complaining about feeling isolated and did something about it. So in 2007 INsight was born. Right out of the gate our mission was to educate, inspire, and transform those working as creative professionals in Northwest Indiana. These were the things we needed and we figured others in NWI could use them too.
We pulled together folks we admired in the industry, businesses we were in relationships with, and a handful of friends we trusted wholeheartedly. Our first INsight was basically a portfolio review. Then we decided to add a speaker, then more speakers. This escalated into a new format where we had 13 speakers with only 5 minute time slots regulated by our airhorn mascot, Claudia. Needless to say over the last 11 years we have played around with a variety of ways to not only make this event fit our original values, but also be a lot of fun.
I’m so proud as I reflect over the past 11 years. The friends I’ve made through this conference are incredible! I’ve seen amazing working partnerships form, collaborative fine art shows, radio shows, mentorship programs, an agency start and thrive, and even a marriage between a spectator and speaker. You truly never know what will happen at INsight.
So how can you make the most of tonight?
Take in the speakers. We’ve shoulder tapped six amazing people to share with you tonight. Learn something new from them.
Get ready to mingle. You’re stepping into a room full of amazing people with a wide variety of skills. Sure, it’s easy to stick with your posse, but step out and meet someone new. Let this group of creatives inspire you.
Have fun. The best creativity comes out of play. So sip a beer, trash talk strangers around the ping pong table, and laugh a lot.
We’ll see ya tonight!
– Kevin Bruinsma
Here’s the details:
Where: +WeCreate Media – 107 E Lincolnway, Valparaiso, IN, 46383
(Free parking in the back or on the street.)
Note: Hey McLovin, we’ll be checking ID’s at the door. Plan on bringing it if you’d like a beer.