Creative Brew, a brand new semi-annual conference for creatives, is a must-attend for informed, forward-thinking creative communications and design professionals. This inspiring half-day event will offer in-depth creative thinking, with a range of opportunities to exchange ideas with colleagues, new and old. Attendees will feel inspired, refreshed, and connected to the Upstate creative community.
Kyle is a community designer with a decade of hands-on experience and expertise in the fields of distributed networks, grassroots organizing, civic engagement and creative exploration. His work in these fields has been amplified by a national student network of 10,000 international development advocates at Engineers Without Borders Canada while serving as their first Creative Director, a city-wide volunteer community of 150+ grassroots park community groups in Toronto as Park People’s Communications, Events & Community Manager, and nearly 200 chapters of the global creative speaker series CreativeMornings, where he serves as COO. As a host and facilitator of 1000+ events that have welcomed over 500,000 people, Kyle is fascinated by the connections people make with each other and the opportunity that forms around each of those connections. Kyle was born in Toronto and is currently based in Brooklyn. On weekends you can find him traversing Brooklyn's parks and wild spaces with his dog Ginger.
After one and a half years as the NYC Chapter Lead for TypeThursday (a global monthly meet up where type lovers gather, connect, and support each other through a friendly critique process) Whitney made the leap to the roll of TypeThursday Ambassador.
Since 2015, TypeThursday events have attracted 4,000+ letterform lovers all over the world, including Barcelona, Chicago, London, Los Angeles, New York City, Philadelphia, San Francisco and Seattle. Whitney is responsible for cultivating relationships in these cities in order to help create and support thriving TypeThursday chapters. It is Whitney’s goal, and the goal of TypeThursday as an organization, to create a space that is both inspirational and supportive on a professional, communal, and individual basis. In other words, to connect type lovers with one another and give them the confidence and network they need.
Whitney works full-time as a Digital Designer at Scholastic and part-time as a Freelance Graphic Designer.
Abraham is a graduate of SUNY Fredonia (BFA) and SUNY Albany (MA & MFA). Ferraro has exhibited internationally, nationally, and extensively in New York State, with 23 solo performance / exhibitions at galleries such as Artists Space in NYC, Rochester Contemporary Arts Center in NY, and Olin Fine Art Gallery in Washington, PA. He is in collections at Albany Institute of History & Art (extensive collection), Washington Jefferson College, SUNY Fredonia, University Art Museum, and Monroe Community College. Ferraro has been published in Climbing Magazine (USA), Climb Magazine (UK), Hyperdrawing: Beyond the Lines of Contemporary Art (UK), Gambling the Isle (Colorado), 365 Artists 365 Days (Wisconsin), Contemporary Performance Almanac (NYC). His videos have been featured on the homepage of YouTube.com several times. Awards include Best In Show at the Made In NY Exhibition at the Schweinfurth Memorial Art Center 2010 & 2012. He was a resident Artist at Sculpture Space in 2006. Currently Ferraro is the Shop Supervisor at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in the School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences managing a shop he designed and built from scratch.
Ami Lahoff lives on Skipping Goat Farm, a small family farm in the Albany County hill towns. There she milks and cares for a herd of dairy goats and formulates her goat milk soaps, as well as a line of all natural skincare and perfumes. She is also an event planner, specializing in corporate off-sites, conferences, trainings, and family milestone celebrations (with lots of dancing!) After working for Etsy, Inc. for seven years and wearing all of these hats, she felt called to distill her talents, and STAR + SPLENDOR was born! In addition to her own line, her shop and wellness space sources the best handmade holistic apothecary goods, unique gifts, jewelry for seekers, handmade beeswax intention candles, and prints, all made locally and sustainably. Her company's mission is the enliven every day with a sense of magic, beauty and inspiration.
Stella Yoon is a designer, strategist and at the helm of Hudson River Exchange. After studying illustration at the School of Visual Arts, Stella wove her way through a series of design and styling roles across retail and editorial. During her decade of experience as visual merchandiser, prop stylist, and graphic designer in NYC, she honed her gift for creating rich visual narratives. Her curiosity and passion for learning moved her to take risks, and say yes when opportunity came knocking. “My life has been a series of chance events and I just jumped,” she says. “I’ve been the beneficiary of gracious, open and creative people.” Her collaborations with magazines, agencies, retailers and fellow artists, immersed her in every stage of the creative process.
A trip upstate to a biodynamic farming workshop introduced Stella to the small, river city of Hudson. She felt an instant kinship with the community of growers and artisans who valued working with their hands. Within days, she was packing to leave NYC. The move allowed Stella to connect with the people behind the food on her plate, those who made the plate itself—and even the table underneath. Those early conversations sparked the idea that became Hudson River Exchange. These days, Stella uses her wide-ranging expertise to help burgeoning brands bring their ideas to life. “HRE is where I get to share everything I’ve learned,” she says.