Creative America to Offer Candidate/Organizer Training for Artists and Creative Professionals on January 22

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Â?Stand up for Creativity!Â? is the theme of the Creative America ProjectÂ?s first candidate training session in Chicago on January 22, 2005 at the Bailiwick Repertory Theatre, Chicago. We will show artists and creative professionals why and how they should run for local office in 2006.

“Stand up for Creativity!” is the theme of the Creative America Project’s first candidate training session in Chicago on January 22, 2005 at the Bailiwick Repertory Theatre.

The training session will take place from 9 am to 5 pm and is designed to show creative professionals how to run for local office using grassroots, progressive strategies. The training will also show people how to be grassroots organizers or managers for social change campaigns.

Subjects covered will include:

  • The place of creativity in the historic and economic life of America
  • Why artists and creative professionals are needed in the civic arena
  • Who is pursuing an “anti-creativity” agenda and why
  • How to translate your creative credentials into political assets
  • How to put together a grassroots campaign
  • How to get your message out
  • Recruiting and managing volunteers
  • Raising funds for your campaign

The cost for the training is $20.06. Bailiwick Theatre is located at 1229 W. Belmont Avenue, Chicago.

The training will also include performances and opportunities for the attendees to contribute poems and images relating to the training material.

The trainers are Kitty Kurth and Kevin Lampe, of Kurth-Lampe, Inc., a public relations and political consulting firm based in Chicago. Information about the firm is online at

“We believe that fostering creativity is essential to America's economic future and is at the core of our character.” says Creative America founder and lead organizer, Tom Tresser. “We believe that artists and creative professionals have a unique set of skills, passions and experience that will allow them to make significant contributions to the public sector. We feel that it's time for artists, educators and creative professionals to stand up for creativity as a national value and as an intrinsic part of public policy planning.”

The Creative America Project has a multi-year agenda that includes motivating creative workers to:

(1) participate in civic life - voting, formulating public policy and taking leadership roles in the community arena,

(2) elevate the conversation about the place of creativity in the life of the nation, and

(3) encourage and train creative workers to run for local office in 2006.

Says Tresser, “We plan to offer a series of 2 1/2 day training sessions in the spring of 2005 on how to run for office at the local level using grassroots tactics and a progressive, people-centered and creative grounding. Our work is non-partisan. We will not endorse candidates and will accept anyone into our training sessions. We simply want more candidates to come from the creative community.”

To register, please visit or you can send a check for $20.06, made out to the Creative America Project, and mail to 1643 N. Larrabee Street, SuiteI, Chicago, IL 60614. Please include your phone number and email address.

For more information, please contact Tom Tresser Lead Organizer,, 312-804-3230.

Our agenda: Create. Act. Vote. Run.

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