IT’S NOT YOUR BIRTHDAY BUT.... This week’s creative challenge for @itsnotyourbirthdaybut is to write a letter sharing an experience you've had and offering advice to someone who may be going through something similar. Post your letter to the INYBB team, for them to distribute to someone who might benefit from it. What did you learn and what is the most useful advice you can share? We sometimes forget how amazing, inspiring and resilient human beings can be when facing difficult situations in life, from bereavement to moving to a new area, being a new parent or carer to suffering from anxiety or living with an illness. Sharing lived experience of something can offer support, hope and positivity to others and make a real difference to helping them through something similar. Put an experience you've had, big, small or life changing, into words and share them with someone who needs them. #64millionartists #INYBB #lettersarebetter #snailmail #reachout #love #support #mentalhealthawareness #anxiety #friends So excited to be receiving some letters from the wonderful Weekly Challengers @64millionartists Sharing their experiences to offer hope to others and spreading creative, postal positivity Never before has a doormat been such a joyful thing to behold #letters #envelopes #lettersarebetter #writemoreletters #sendmoremail #mailart #inybb #64millionartists So excited to be receiving great letters from the lovely Weekly Challengers @64M_Artists Writing a letter to someone they don’t know to share an experience that may provide hope or just spreading some positive creativity through the post #letters #inybb #64MillionArtists From singing, to magic, to games, to knitting-May is FULL of exciting creative events across the UK for @AgeofCreativity Fest. #64MillionArtists have teamed up with @age_uk @voluntaryarts to produce 31 simple creative challenges for each day! Get involved: dothinkshare.com It takes 20 years to make an overnight success. #actorslife #me #actingaudition #artist #64millionartists #bollywoodactresses #bollywood #kotasmartcitizen #dance #loveyourself #lifestyle #inspiration #famousartist ❤ Write a letter to make things better. Share an experience you’ve had, big, small, life-changing or just an everyday one, in a letter. We’ll send it to someone who needs it. Find out more on our website link or at @64millionartists Mail art inspiration from the talented Harriet Russell #harrietrussellillustrator #lettersarebetter #snailmail #mailart #writemoreletters #sendmoremail #post #inybb #64millionartists Write a letter to make things better. Share an experience you’ve had to help someone else with our @64M_Artists letter-writing challenge. Full details here and mail art inspiration from the brilliant @MissHRussell dothinkshare.com/the-weekly-cha… #inybb #64MillionArtists Get creative! Sign up to 31 fun, simple and creative challenges throughout the month of May, to celebrate the @AgeofCreativity fest 2019 - dothinkshare.com #AoCFestival2019 #64MillionArtists This week's Challenge is set by @INYBB_. Write a letter sharing an experience you’ve had and offering advice to someone who may be going through something similar. You can also opt to receive a letter -Find the FULL challenge here: ow.ly/sSTE30oxdlk #INYBB #64MillionArtists Get creative! @64M_Artists have been working with Age UK centres across the country to produce 31 fun, simple and creative Challenges for every day of May. Sign up here- dothinkshare.com -and join in the fun for @AgeofCreativity Fest! #AoCFestival #64MillionArtists Letter Writing The Monday Challenge @64M_Artists #INYBB just remains to seal and post #artist #language #letters #friends #64millionartists Get creative! @64M_Artists have been working with Age UK centres across the country to produce 31 fun, simple and creative Challenges for every day of May. Sign up here- dothinkshare.com -and join in the fun for @AgeofCreativity Fest! #AoCFestival #64MillionArtists 64 Million Artists are really proud to have been working with the Age of Creativity Festival and Age UK centres across the country to produce 31 fun, simple and creative 10 minute Challenges for everyday of May! All the Challenges have been designed by Age UK members, and there's a really varied mix of creative ideas and inspiration in the bunch! If you would like to sign up to a daily dose of creative inspiration direct to your inbox, sign up here: https://dothinkshare.com/age-of-creativity-challenge-2019/ *The Challenges will only be available by signing up to the mailing list - they won't be posted here* This week's Challenge is set by @INYBB_. Write a letter sharing an experience you’ve had and offering advice to someone who may be going through something similar. You can also opt to receive a letter -Find the FULL challenge here: ow.ly/sSTE30oxdlk #INYBB #64MillionArtists This week’s Challenge is set by @itsnotyourbirthdaybut,champions of the lost art of letter writing who connect people through letters, words and visual arts. They work in community settings such as #schools, #prisons, #carehomes, #hospices and #hospitals to encourage people to explore their own creativity, challenge assumptions that may be made about them and to share what’s important or helpful to them. Why wait for a #birthday to let someone know what they mean to you? – Write or type a letter sharing an experience you’ve had. – Address it to a ‘Friend’ (after all strangers are just friends we haven’t met yet!) and sign off as a ‘Friend’ or just using your first name. Do not include your surname or any personal or contact details in your letter. – If you need help with buying a stamp, please let us know and they will post one to you. – We’ll send your original letter to someone who needs it and will benefit from it as well as use it on our website and social media channels. We’ll work with community groups and #charities to ensure the letters reach the right people. By sending us your letter you are giving us permission to use and distribute it as outlined above. – Post your letter to It’s Not Your Birthday But…, The Old Bank House, 26 Station Approach, Hinchley Wood, Surrey KT10 0SR during our campaign period, Monday 29th April to Sunday 5th May 2019. If you need longer to write your letter, that’s fine too. We welcome letters up to Friday 31st May 2019. – Would you like to receive a letter? Read the full challenge on our dothinkshare.com site to find out how! #INYBB #64MillionArtists #letter #lettering #letters #letterstoliveby #handletters #handdrawnletters #sendmoreletters #showmeyourletters #fortheloveofletters #strengthinletters #handwrittenletters #happybirthday #friend #friends #community #creativity The Weekly Challenge, 29th April 2019 - It's Not Your Birthday But... . *Please note that this challenge is slightly different to usual so please read carefully! Find the FULL Challenge here: http://dothinkshare.com/the-weekly-challenge/the-weekly-challenge-29th-april-2019-its-not-your-birthday-but/ * . This week’s Challenge is set by It’s Not Your Birthday But…,champions of the lost art of letter writing, who connect people through letters, words and visual arts. They work in community settings such as schools, prisons, care homes, hospices and hospitals to encourage people to explore their own creativity, challenge assumptions that may be made about them and to share what’s important or helpful to them. . Write a letter sharing an experience you’ve had and offering advice to someone who may be going through something similar. We sometimes forget how amazing, inspiring and resilient human beings can be when facing difficult situations in life, from bereavement to moving to a new area, being a new parent or carer to suffering from anxiety or living with an illness. Here is exactly what to do: – Write or type a letter sharing an experience you’ve had. – Address it to a ‘Friend’ (after all strangers are just friends we haven’t met yet!) and sign off as a ‘Friend’ or just using your first name. Do not include your surname or any personal or contact details in your letter. – If you need help with buying a stamp, please let us know and they will post one to you. – We’ll send your original letter to someone who needs it and will benefit from it as well as use it on our website and social media channels. We’ll work with community groups and charities to ensure the letters reach the right people. By sending us your letter you are giving us permission to use and distribute it as outlined above and in any way we feel will benefit others. – Post your letter to It’s Not Your Birthday But…, The Old Bank House, 26 Station Approach, Hinchley Wood, Surrey KT10 0SR We welcome letters up to Friday 31st May 2019. – Would you like to receive a letter? Fill in this short form and detail what you would like to receive a letter about, and your address: https://drive.google.com/open?id=1Yt2TvR4vWCApqehK7HIG-s5bE-5SJYIH3SMERhCWCeA . We hope you enjoy this Challenge - it's a great opportunity to make real positive impact in the lives of others. Thanks for setting such an interesting Challenge, INYBB! Share using #INYBB #64MillionArtists Consumption is such a small part of my life that there are many other things that are much more important to me. When I came to think about what they are, I found that they divided between those things I personally find important and those that I consider to be universally valuable, and there are many of both. I could have included friendship, family, home-cooked food, singing, growing vegetables, grasshoppers in the grass that's kept long, living on a quiet street, and getting around on foot, among others, in the personal list; and equality in all its forms, a free(ish) press, the rights to political participation and peaceful protest, compassion, community, trees, and much else, in the universal list. If you love writing letters and getting creative with your snail mail, we’ll be announcing a new project on Monday with the brilliant @64millionartists So sharpen those pencils, paper at the ready, your mission awaits you! #inybb #64millionartists #creative #snailmail #post #lettersarebetter #dearfriend A fun claymation workshop with our Art Diamonds yesterday working with artist Sheryl Jenkins, so impressed with their creations #animation #claymodelling #animals #everydaycreativity #64millionartists A few of the Easter Bonnets from last week's challenge, they're beauties! #easterbonnet #64millionartists #creativityeveryday #weeklychallenge #artsforolderpeople This week's Art Diamonds Challenge is all about the Red #becreative #libraries #artsforolderpeople #creativechallenge #64millionartists If you love writing letters we'll be announcing a new project on Monday with the brilliant @64M_Artists So sharpen those pencils, paper at the ready, your snail mail mission awaits you. Watch this space! #INYBB #64MillionArtists #lettersarebetter April 25. “I’m not just a consumer, I’m a creativist”. This week’s challenge from @64millionartists @globalactionplan was to think about who we are if not just consumers. 9 years ago, I published a manifesto on this topic - The Creativist Manifesto. It looked at how consumer has become the default way of talking about people. And how the alternative is to reclaim our identities and be a creativist - creating + connecting + acting. One of the examples I give is baking at home - an act of creativity which brings many pleasures compared to with consuming shop bought goods. There is something within the cake of what William Morris called the ‘Beauty of Life’, that energy passed from one person to another. And I’m grateful for these treats from @alison.amaryllis of cheese, zucchini and black olive muffins - the latest in a delicious range of variations that we’ve been enjoying. You can download the manifesto by searching for ‘Creativist Manifesto’. We need more space for creativity in our society. #64millionartists #consumer #morethanconsumers #creativist #creativity #aprillove2019 #spaciousness #bigci I’m not just a consumer, I’m a creator and giver. Vann and I created little pieces of art to give to others as a part of Pay It Forward Month. We each painted a canvas. I repainted a square magnet. We repurposed a spice bottle with some rubber bands and paint. It will become a message in a bottle for one lucky recipient. We hope 4 people are happy to receive them on Friday. #morethanconsumers #64millionartists #art #payitforward #canvas #paint #magnet #messageinabottle #recyclematerials #morethanconsumers #64MillionArtists Sophia (4) liked the long long whiskers on the sleeping doormouse we looked at with @MsHilaryCox @64M_Artists @gapireland @NewCitProj #morethanconsumers #64MillionArtists Lots of muddy puddles make Bertie (age 3) happy. Talking with artist @MsHilaryCox about his village of Histon @64M_Artists @gapirelandm @NewCitProj #morethanconsumers #64MillionArtists 'running makes me happy' James, age 4, talking with artist @MsHilaryCox about what makes him happy in his village of Histon @64M_Artists @gapireland @NewCitProj ‍♀️ I’m not just a consumer, I...’am a unique creature and I created my life’... LOVE this mermazing Challenge entry from @365zanne How can you get creative and show the world that you are #MoreThanConsumers? Posted @withrepost • @365zanne More than consumers, I am an unique creature and I created my life... #64millionartists #morethanconsumers #myart #papiermaché #paperart #création #artchallenge #fun #sirène #beachmood #mermaid #vitaminsea #mermazing Check out @davidmicklem in episode 1 of Creative Practice. Great guy, great interview, enjoy! #creativepractice #creativeindustry #creativeeconomy #batterseaartscentre #64millionartists “If there was one bit of advice for anyone that wants to adopt a leadership position in the arts and culture sector I would say...Be yourself, with skill” Check out David’s full interview in episode 1 of Creative Practice. Link in bio. #creativepractice #creativeindustry #creativeeconomy #creativenetwork #batterseaartscentre #artscouncilengland #64millionartists More than consumers, I am an unique creature and I created my life... #64millionartists #morethanconsumers #myart #papiermaché #paperart #création #artchallenge #fun #sirène #beachmood I am not just a consumer, I....am a conscious citizen of the 🌎 #MoreThanConsumers #64MillionArtists @NewCitProj @globalactplan Discovering the environmental destruction caused by material consumption has given me an aversion to buying new stuff. Now I get far more enjoyment from making things from resources to hand, eg, clothes from off-cuts and cast-offs, a tablet case from woven scraps, a garden pool and water feature from an old tub and a beach-combed piece of ceramic pipe. We are #MoreThanConsumers! Let’s show leaders what we’re made of Posted @withrepost • @carolineridleyduff For #worldearthday #morethanconsumers #64millionartists #earthday #earthday2019 we love the earth! To celebrate #earthday we are asking you for your creative responses to ‘I’m not just a consumer, I...’ - let’s show leaders that we are #MoreThanConsumers! Posted @withrepost • @themakersnshakers Happy Earth Day ♻️ A painted galaxy & earth as part of @globalactionplan & @64millionartists weekly challenge... I am not just a consumer, I am a a tiny part of the universe expressing itself creatively. ... @honeycombartdesign . . . #morethanconsumers #64millionartists #globalcitizen #earthday #environment #planetearth #noplanetb #consciousliving #sustainability #zerowaste #reduce #reuse #recycle #artistlife #creativeprocess #creativeliving #creativecommunity #universe #socialimpact #makersgonnamake #makermovement #makersnshakers #honeycombartdesign #ziggystardust #bowie #procreate #pixaloop Start your challenge! Go Eco, Be With Botato #Repost @globalactionplan (@get_repost) ・・・ Today is #EarthDay and to celebrate that, we've teamed up with @64millionartists and #newcitizenproject to pose this creative challenge. We'd love you to develop a creative response to the statement "I am not just a consumer, I...." and share it this week by tagging it with #morethanconsumers and #64millionartists Happy Earth Day ♻️ A painted galaxy & earth as part of @globalactionplan & @64millionartists weekly challenge... I am not just a consumer, I am a a tiny part of the universe expressing itself creatively. ... @honeycombartdesign . . . #morethanconsumers #64millionartists #globalcitizen #earthday #environment #planetearth #noplanetb #consciousliving #sustainability #zerowaste #reduce #reuse #recycle #artistlife #creativeprocess #creativeliving #creativecommunity #universe #socialimpact #makersgonnamake #makermovement #makersnshakers #honeycombartdesign #ziggystardust #bowie #procreate #pixaloop Great creativity challenge in honor of Earth Day ♻️ ... Repost @64millionartists ・・・ It's #EarthDay2019! To celebrate we've teamed up with @globalactionplan and #NewCitizenProject who think that the term “consumer” has a lot to answer for. Consumerism implies a one-way relationship with our planet - that we simply take and use up what it provides, and have no care beyond what we buy. We are continually being told that we can be more attractive, happier and more successful through consuming bigger, better, flashier things - yet the research shows materialistic values actually lead to lower wellbeing, not better. Studies show that when we think of ourselves as consumers, we’re less likely to tackle society’s biggest problems, from climate change to international inequality. However, when we think of ourselves as citizens, we’re more likely to participate, volunteer and come together to make our society stronger and more effective. We are happier, healthier and more invested when shaping our options, not just choosing between them. Share your creative response to "I'm not just a consumer, I...". We want to share your responses with business and political leaders to show that we have more to offer than just being shoppers - that given the right opportunities, we are able to achieve a better, more sustainable world together. #64MillionArtists #MoreThanConsumers #EarthDay #CitizensofEarth #lowimpact #zeroplastic #sustainableliving #zerowaste #savetheplanet #planetearth #naturelovers #socialimpact #humanity #creativeprocess #creativeliving #creativecommunity #makersmovement #makersnshakers This Creative Challenge happens to coincide with the Extinction Rebellion climate change and ecocide protest in London at which I got this 'patch' with the wonderful expression "Conscientious Protector"; it is something I try hard to be. I am not just a consumer....I’m an artist, poet, photographer, Aunt, Daughter, supporter, wanderer, a creative! #64millionartists #painting #blackoutpoetry #walkinthewoods #swancreekpark #cancerwalk #exploreohio #photography For #worldearthday #morethanconsumers #64millionartists The @cr8ivepractice podcast has now gone live. Everyone should subscribe. Truly. Each episode is a fascinating discussion with a leading practitioner in the creative industries talking about what they do, how they got there and the things that make them effective. I listened to the first batch and found insights that are useful regardless of professional or artistic disciplines (I found myself taking notes from all of them!). The first three interviews are with #DavidMicklem (@batterseaartscentre, @aceagrams & @64millionartists), #VickiIgbokwe (@uchenna_dance) & #BrentHansen (@mtv_europe). There's much more info at creative-practice.net or you can just search for "creative practise" on iTunes or wherever you get your podcasts. It's a new show, so if you can't yet find it on your platform of choice, do please let Neil know via @cr8ivepractice. #CreativePractice #creativeindustry #CreativeEconomy #CreativeCareer #CreativeNetwork #BatterseaArtsCentre #ArtsCouncilEngland #64MillionArtists #UchennaDance #London2012 #LondonOlympics #MassChoreography #OlympicOpeningCeremony #MTVEurope #MusicTelevision #MTV Our Team Member Anna's response to the #morethanconsumers creative challenge. What will you create? #64millionartists #morethanconsumers Today is #EarthDay and to celebrate that, we've teamed up with @64millionartists and #newcitizenproject to pose this creative challenge. We'd love you to develop a creative response to the statement "I am not just a consumer, I...." and share it this week by tagging it with #morethanconsumers and #64millionartists How could you get creative and show the world that your are #MoreThanConsumers? #64MillionArtists #EarthDay2019 #EarthDay #ecowarriors #yayforearth #forthefuture #lowimpact #zeroplastic #sustainablelife #thereisnoplanetb It's #EarthDay2019! To celebrate we've teamed up with @globalactionplan and #NewCitizenProject who think that the term “consumer” has a lot to answer for. Consumerism implies a one-way relationship with our planet - that we simply take and use up what it provides, and have no care beyond what we buy. We are continually being told that we can be more attractive, happier and more successful through consuming bigger, better, flashier things - yet the research shows materialistic values actually lead to lower wellbeing, not better. Studies show that when we think of ourselves as consumers, we’re less likely to tackle society’s biggest problems, from climate change to international inequality. However, when we think of ourselves as citizens, we’re more likely to participate, volunteer and come together to make our society stronger and more effective. We are happier, healthier and more invested when shaping our options, not just choosing between them. Share your creative response to "I'm not just a consumer, I...". We want to share your responses with business and political leaders to show that we have more to offer than just being shoppers - that given the right opportunities, we are able to achieve a better, more sustainable world together. #64MillionArtists #MoreThanConsumers #EarthDay #CitizensofEarth #ecowarriors #yayforearth #forthefuture #lowimpact #zeroplastic #sustainablelife #thereisnoplanetb #zerowastejourney #zerowaste #ourplanetourhome #lifewithoutplastic #savetheplanet #doingmybit #noexcuseforsingleuse #planetearth #naturelovers The Weekly Challenge, 22nd April - I'm not just a consumer, I... . To recognise and celebrate Earth Day on the 22nd April, this week’s Challenge is posed by environmental charity Global Action Plan and innovation consultants New Citizenship Project: Studies show that when we think of ourselves as consumers, we’re less likely to tackle society’s biggest problems, from climate change to international inequality. However, when we think of ourselves as citizens, we’re more likely to participate, volunteer and come together to make our society stronger and more effective. We are happier, healthier and more invested when shaping our options, not just choosing between them. . Our challenge to you is to develop a creative response to “I am not just a consumer, I……” What does being a conscious citizen mean to you? Get creative! You could write a poem or short story, create art, make a zine, create a photograph series, or make a placard. Think about your power as a citizen and how could you could celebrate your care for the Earth. We want to share your responses with business and political leaders to show that we have more to offer than just being shoppers - that given the right opportunities, we are able to achieve a better, more sustainable world together. . Full Challenge here: http://dothinkshare.com/…/the-weekly-challenge-22nd-april-…/ . Share your work using #MoreThanConsumers #64MillionArtists . Have fun! Create your own ‘How To’ set of instructions. I chose how to show how I make my collages. #64millionartists #howto #magazineshavethebestcolor #collages #recycle #magazines #crackerbox #cutting #holepunch #gluestick #dogart