What we're about

The Chicago Women's Creative Collective (CWCC) was founded in 2012 by Creative Podcast Producer Andrea Klunder as a small group of multidisciplinary women and women-identified artists who wanted to test drive our work with women from diverse perspectives (i.e. not just other writers reading what we write or artists critiquing each other’s paintings...)

We have been evolving over the years into our current focus on supporting women creating content that makes a difference in the world. As of summer 2018, our group is undergoing some behind-the-scenes shifts to align with that mission.

I believe the magic formula for a satisfying creative life & work style is: Self-Awareness + Self-Expression + Intentional Community.

So together, we create a forum for creative expression as an extension of who we are, making artful content within the context of community, and having a social network for fun WHILE amplifying and elevating our work!

We host:

Co-Working sessions around Chicago to get out of your home studio and stay focused

Plus socials, member events, online chats and more.

This IS a place to share your creative work and invite us to become a part of it AND IT REQUIRES participating in, witnessing, and engaging with other members' work in return. This is NOT a place to spam members with self-promotion if you are not actively building toward a mutual supportive relationship.

Creating content (blogs, podcasts, videos, writing, visual art, photography, social media etc) can be more effective and enjoyable when there is a collaborative component -- if even only through having others witness your process as it unfolds -- rather than creating alone in a vacuum of isolation, where self-doubt, uncertainty and overwhelm can sometimes threaten to shut you down. We also believe that by sharing your process, not just the end product, you can inspire others to make their own work, risk vulnerability and take creative action.

Membership is open to all women and women identified who want to express their voice & share their talents and support others in doing the same. As of summer 2018, this group is free to join and many of our events have a fee to attend. Full disclosure: This may be shifting to a paid membership in the near future with free events.

Can't wait to create with you!

~Andrea Klunder
Creative podcast producer, mentor & speaker

We also have...

The Creative Impostor Facebook Group (http://www.thecreativeimpostor.com/fb) for expanding your global community beyond Chicago and connecting on social.

And I produce a podcast to support you in taking bold creative risks called The Creative Impostor! (http://bit.ly/akimpostor) Available also on Apple Podcasts (http://bit.ly/cipodcast), Google Play Music, (http://bit.ly/cigplay)Stitcher Radio (http://bit.ly/cistitcher) and your favorite podcast app.

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Upcoming events (5+)

FREE CLASS | Is My Business Ready for a Podcast? with Andrea Klunder

Whether you are a solo entrepreneur, a small business leader, or a team member in a bigger organization, podcasting is a popular trend for making connections, developing brand loyalty, and influencing social impact. You have a golden opportunity to influence listeners and get your message heard through one of the most powerfully intimate forms of media that exists today. But how do you know whether a podcast is right for you and your company? What will it take to stand out from the thousands of shows that already exist? What do you need to be ready to start? In this class podcast producer, consultant and coach Andrea Klunder will share her secrets recipe for success, give you insight on the reality of podcasting vs the hype, and walk you through a checklist of 6 questions to ask yourself (or your organization) before you start off on your podcasting adventure. This class is offered for free at Next Door Chicago. You are encouraged to purchase a beverage or snack at their in house coffee shop cafe. RSVP required:https://www.nextdoorchicago.com/web/guest/nd-classes

TUESDAY COWORKING: OPEN HOUSE| Streeterville

Café Integral at Freehand Chicago

Dedicate time to your vision - let's get things done! ***This meetup is an open house for our weekly co-working sessions. If you come today an LOVE it, we can invite you to our private co-working Facebook Group for additional sessions not available on Meetup. Space is limited in the weekly group.*** Do you work from home? Distractions are bountiful in the home environment and sometimes it's essential to mix it up with a change in environment. Let's connect and give each the support and space needed to really focus on what matters. The coffee shop is located in Streeterville, right by the Grand Red line stop. It's also accessible from the State Street, Grand and Broadway bus lines. Please note, we will introduce ourselves & what we're working on in the first 15 minutes or so, but then we will get down to business - creative work time! Bring your sketch book, laptop, journal, etc! There is no fee for this meetup. IMPORTANT note from Andrea: If you RSVP, please do everything you can to show up. If you cannot, update your RSVP by 8am on Tuesday OR text the host who will email your confirmation the night before so that we do not worry about you AND make people angry by holding an empty chair. No shows without an RSVP update in meetup or text message to the host will be noted. After 2 no shows, you will be removed from the meetup group. Thank you for understanding and honoring the effort our hosts put into making this session happen.

SOCIAL | Creative Happy Hour

235 W Van Buren St

Long week? Ready to transition into your inspired weekend? This month is spotlight on visual creation -- we will provide coloring books, paper, crayons, colored pencils, other art supplies -- feel free to bring your own works in process, sketch pads, tablet, laptop, etc. While you're creating and relaxing, enjoy some wine, beverages, herbal tea and h'ors d'oeuvre. Arrive anytime between 5-6pm. We'll circle up around 6:00pm to find out who's here and if anyone has anything particular in mind to create, and then spend some time being social and creative as you wish! If you can't arrive by 6pm, no worries! There is no fee for this meetup. Instead, we request a donation in the amount of your choice by cash or Venmo ( Venmo to Andrea-Klunder) suggested $5-20 for refreshments and supplies. Your donations make the next Happy Hour possible. This event is being held in a private residence in the Loop. Details will be emailed to people who have RSVP'd yes the week of the event. We also ask that if you RSVP, you do your best to be there, and if you can't, you change your RSVP so we prepare for an accurate number of guests. You are welcome to bring a guests who are not yet members of the Collective. Just mark your RSVP as such. Please note, that if you RSVP and no show to any 3 group events without updating your RSVP or letting the host know in advance, you will be removed from the group.

SOCIAL| Sharing HerStory: Film Fundraiser Event

Pendulum Space

Join CWCC's Ramona Pozek for "Sharing HerStory" an intimate Fund & Awareness Raising event for the documentary film, Character Of Service. Come celebrate the strength and resilience of women who have experienced sexual trauma and extreme gender bias. Be inspired by wonderful performances, hear from the filmmaker, and see a preview of the film. Be ready to particiapate in a prize raffle and bid in a silent auction for awesome goodie baskets, gifts, artwork, and more (cash, checks, & credit gladly accepted)! Help us kick start our film's production and outreach efforts with your support and generosity. Hors d'oeuvres and non-alcoholic beverage will be served after the performances. About the film: Currently in development, Character of Service, is a feature length documentary which follows a group of women veterans as they break the silence about the sexual trauma they experienced while serving in the military. The purpose of the event is to not only raise funds but to also raise awareness of the obstacles that women face in dealing with the sexual harassment, assault, and the code of silence that exists in today’s military, as well as, the lack of support and services available to help women to deal these problems. Although the film focuses on the stories of female veterans, this event is dedicated to solidarity and inclusion and is open to the stories of all women. If you are unable to attend, please consider providing a Donation to support the film. Attendance is limited to the first 40 guests. We look forward to mingling with you on Saturday, May 11th from 2:00 to 4:00 at Pendulum Space 1803 W Byron Street #216, Chicago, IL. --- regrettably this event is on the 2nd floor and the building does not have an elevator. Free street and lot parking is available.

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FRIDAY CO-WORKING: OPEN HOUSE | Bucktown

Angry Pig Tavern

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