Coffee + Creatives Unconference 2018

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Albuquerque, New Mexico 87102

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Join us for the first ever “Coffee + Creatives Unconference” on topics like negotiating salary/pay, finding funding and investment, optimizing social media, and more (scroll down for complete schedule), along with a kickoff and closing party and special panel discussion on what it takes to build a creative community.

The cost is $10. You can attend as many or as few sessions as you like - click on the tickets link to register.

If you or someone you know is dealing with financial hardship, please email coffeeandcreatives@gmail.com and we’ll work with you to make sure cost isn’t a barrier to attending.


Special thanks to partners Zendo, Homewise, AKT Communications, U.S. Eagle Federal Credit Union, and Vegan Outreach, along with hosting venues FatPipe ABQ, Breve Crepes and Coffee, Simms Space, Tractor Brewing Company, Red Rock Roasters, Free Range Spaces, and Three Sisters Kitchen for helping us make this first-ever unconference possible.


The Sessions

Monday, December 10th

Coffee + Creatives Unconference Kickoff - 5pm to 7:30pm - Tractor Brewing Wells Park - 1800 4th St NW, Albuquerque, NM 87102

Join us for a kickoff at Tractor Brewing - Wells Park, one of our favorite local breweries and a constant supporter of creatives of all kinds. There'll be snacks, beer, and other beverages, and at 6pm check out a short talk + Q&A from Ayanna Nelson-Freeman, community lead for Coffee + Creatives, on finding and honing your creativity.

Tuesday, December 11th

Writing website content, bios, proposals etc - 10-11am - Red Rock Roasters, 4801 Jefferson St. NE 87109

With the rise of social media, photos, illustrations, design, and video content have become critically important.

And while it is true that a picture (or video) is worth a thousand words, what should those words be?

We'll walk through those words, and what makes a great proposal, bio, web content, etc. You can expect practical information and examples to help guide you as you write proposals, craft content for your website, and position yourself for grants/funding opportunities.

Ruth Cisneros is a bilingual editor, writer, and photographer with background in linguistics and over a decade of experience in content distribution. Her passions include supporting local businesses and creative endeavors, raising money for her son’s marching band, and hanging out with her two cats. She’s been writing poems about love for over twenty years and studied humor in college. The easiest way to reach her is on Twitter or Instagram where she goes by the handle @senoritaruth.

Coffee + Creatives Meetup - 6 pm to 7:30pm - Zendo Coffee - 413 2nd Street SW, Albuquerque, NM, 87102

Join us for our regular, informal meetup group (every other week) for creatives in and around Albuquerque.

First time going? Here's how it works…

Maybe you're an artist, designer, filmmaker, writer, gallery owner, food truck / restaurant wizard, musician, or creative entrepreneur / business owner looking for feedback on a problem or idea - like where to find funding for a project, how to negotiate leasing a space, or what kind of prices you should charge charge for your work.

Whatever you're working on, or if you simply want to hear what other creatives are working on, this group is for you. We meet every two weeks, and focus on getting things done (save the networking for other spaces, please!)

Wednesday, December 12th

Getting started with press/media outreach - Lunch & Learn 12p to 1p - Free Range Coworking Spaces - 1710 Central Ave SE, Albuquerque, NM, 87106

For most creatives, whether you run a business or have an individual practice, reaching out to and communicating with journalists and media can be a daunting prospect.

But reaching media is much easier than you might think, and in this session Ashley M. Biggers, freelance journalist who specializes in travel, etc. will break down what it takes to do press outreach successfully.

You’ll learn the basics of building a media list, including identifying the editors, writers, and producers primed to tell your story, and locating their contact information. Then, develop pitching basics, from perfecting your timing to drafting cold pitch emails. Receive a few templates you can use to draft your pitches, and discover when and how to follow up to build lasting relationships with the press.

P.S. this is a brown bag session, please bring your own lunch!

Ashley M. Biggers is an award-winning freelance journalist and author with a focus on travel, arts and culture, and wellness.

Among Ashley’s extensive writing chops are stories for CNN, Fodor’s Travel, USA Today, and New Mexico Magazine, and authorship of the New Mexico True Adventure Guide, 100 Things to Do in Albuquerque Before You Die, and Eco-Travel New Mexico, released last year.

Learn more about Ashley’s work: www.ashleymbiggers.com

Intro to finding grants/funding/investment - 4:30-6p - Breve Crepes and Coffee - 6001 Osuna Road NE, Suite E, Albuquerque, NM, 87109

A common question at Coffee + Creatives (both the in-person meetup and online group) is “where can I find grants/funding/investment?”

One of the reasons we regularly search for and encourage the sharing of funding opportunities, jobs, and gigs for the group is that we know our audience includes many working creatives - artists, musicians, writers, filmmakers, photographers, designers, and more, all looking for funding to start or grow their projects and/or businesses.

We'll talk through how to search for grants/investment/funding, leverage google alerts and social media, and quickly assess the right fit along with practical tips and templates on developing presentation/pith deck and execuive summary materials.

Joe Cardillo leads digital strategy at Central New Mexico Community College (CNM), and has 10 years of experience in marketing/brand content, journalism, media relations, analytics, SEO, and online platforms operations within tech, startups, and media companies.

Learn more about Joe’s work: www.ecosystemsandentrepreneurs.com

Thursday, December 13th

Panel Discussion: Building a Creative Community - 10a to 11a - Three Sisters Kitchen - 109 Gold Ave SW, Albuquerque, NM, 87102

There are few cities with the heart, grit, and creativity of Albuquerque. Truth is, it can be a hard place to live and at times isolating, physically, emotionally, and intellectually.

Yet there’s no denying our city truly contains a unique crossroads of culture - Native/Indigenous, Chicano(a)(x), cowboy and western, hippies and bikers, fiercely independent local businesses, artists, filmmakers, coders, musicians, food & beverage entrepreneurs, and more.

In this special panel discussion, journalist Marie Baca chats with Coffee + Creatives community leads Ruth Cisneros, Ayanna Nelson-Freeman, Joe Cardillo, and Zach Leyba about what it takes to build a creative community and culture of possibility in a state often driven by scarcity thinking.

Marie Baca is a writer, reporter, and journalist whose work has been featured in the Wall Street Journal, ProPublica, Salon, and is currently covering business, the economy and health care at the Albuquerque Journal.

Learn more about Marie's work: www.mariecbaca.com

Negotiating salary/pay - 6p to 7:30p - FatPipe ABQ - 200 Broadway Blvd NE, Albuquerque, NM, 87102

It's one of the hardest questions any creative ever has to deal with: how do I make sure I am paid fairly?

With the global creative economy quickly blurring lines between disciplines like design, web design, photography, music, coding, journalism, writing, and art...it's become even more important to define your own value, and set standards for negotiating before it's time to talk money or responsibilities / job specs, particularly for women and non-gender binary individuals.

In this session we'll be hearing from Stacey Cooley, who will talk through how to research salaries, understand your value, decide whether to negotiate or not, and avoid negotiation mistakes.

Stacey Cooley has been the Job Connection Services Manager at CNM Central New Mexico Community College for 3+ years, and is an experienced career and finance coach who has worked as a teacher, service provider, and nonprofit executive director.

Learn more about Stacey’s work: www.linkedin.com/in/staceycooley

Friday, December 14th

Optimizing Your Social Media - 10a to 11:30a - Simms Space - 400 Gold Ave SW, Suite 700, Albuquerque, NM 87102

Getting started with social media is relatively easy, but how do you get to the next level, and consistently drive value for your business/projects/practice?

In this session you'll learn how to optimize your social media accounts, create consistent content, and make sure you are getting the most out of time spent.

Zach Leyba is a digital marketing professional based out of Albuquerque for the last 5 years. Currently, he works as Meow Wolf’s Social Media Manager, and has previously provided digital marketing expertise, training, and content for the University of New Mexico and Rio Grand Jewelry Supply.

Meet The Creative Economy Open House - 6p to 8p - Free Range Spaces - 1710 Central Ave SE, Albuquerque, NM, 87106

We'll close out the first-ever “Coffee + Creatives Unconference” by inviting creatives and creative businesses of all kinds to a closing event with community partner Free Range Spaces at their Central Avenue location ft. beverages and light refreshments, including delicious snacks from Vegan Outreach.

No big speeches, no fancy clothes or black tie attire, just join us for some good company, tasty snacks, and a chance to catch up with the creative community.


Community Guidelines / Inclusivity Statement

Coffee + Creatives is a large group, driven by the needs of our members.

With approx. 300 unique visitors attending the in-person meetup each year and 1,500+ active on a monthly basis in the online Facebok group, Twitter, Instagram, and email newsletter, there are people from a wide spectrum of ethnicities, ages, abilities, religious and spiritual beliefs, gender and gender identity/expressions.

Both online and offline, we ask that our members be respectful, focus on sharing work and ideas, and avoid name calling (e.g. “you’re an idiot” “why are you so stupid”) and SHOUTING. We do not and will not tolerate racist / sexist / abusive language, and encourage you to make every possible effort (as we do) to be honest about your bias or conflicts of interest.

Any large and healthy community will have differences of opinion at times, but we can still all be constructive. If you engage in abusive behavior and/or hate speech in any Coffee + Creatives hosted forum (online or offline) we reserve the right to ask you to leave the community immediately and permanently.

In addition to the above, here are some things we encourage our members to think about, whether you're hanging out with us online or at the in-person meet up:

- Seek help but do your own work.

- Have a bias towards action - bring a problem to solve or be ready to help someone else solve a problem or figure out how to test it.

- Respect people’s time, space and ambition - provide information and perspective, instead of saying “you should do XYZ.”

- When you don’t have enough info, say “I don’t know” and look for a way to get it.

- Use the information that works for you, discard what doesn’t.

- Be willing to give first without expecting anything in return.

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