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An Inspiring Creativity Exploratorium

"The creation of a thousand forests is in one acorn." —Ralph Waldo Emerson

"Chris Dunmire is a nut." —someone else

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Since 2000 Chris Dunmire's Creativity Portal has inspired millions of visitors worldwide to explore, engage, and express creativity through hands-on activities, dynamic content, and connection through shared stories, enlightening interviews, and affirming perspectives.

After nearly 20 years online, our vision to continue offering this unique online experience requires sustainability. If you are a regular patron of this site, your support in the continued presence of this positive, affirming online destination is appreciated.

Creativity Portal's Historic Milestones

AwardThe award-winning Creativity Portal™ Web site has inspired millions of artists, writers, performers, and other creatives worldwide since its founding in 2000 by Chris Dunmire. This positive online destination has earned awards and accolades from publishers, teachers, authors, artists, and creativity leaders at all levels and has fostered innumerable authentic creative connections and collaborations through its groundbreaking online presence.

Named a Writer's Digest magazine '101 Best Web Site' (creativity category) for consecutive years, Creativity Portal is host to a wide library of original content and features including prompts, articles, and interviews by Natalie Goldberg, SARK, Art of the Song, 'America's foremost Creativity Coach' Eric Maisel, PhD, and Kaizen-Muse™ Creativity Coaching founder Jill Badonsky, MEd. This unique online resource continues to inspire and engage global creativity seekers desiring deeper connection and meaning through quality online experiences that inform and transform.

Award and Accolades

Following are a few of the testimonials, awards, and accolades Creativity Portal has garners since its founding:

Writer's Digest Magazine 'Best Web Site for Writers'

Creativity Portal featured in WD's annual "101 Best Web Sites" issue multiple times since 2005.

The English Journal: Recommended Teaching Resource

Creativity Portal was favorably reviewed as an online "Tool for Teaching" in the January 2007 issue of the English Journal, published by the National Council of Teachers of English at Colorado State University.

Imagine Magazine Interview

An interview with Creativity Portal's founder and publisher, Chris Dunmire, was highlighted in a Fall 2004 article by Kelle Walsh titled, "Everyone is Creative: How to nourish and flourish your own creative style."

An '8 Women Dream' Top Inspirational Website

Listed at #2, November 2009
Catherine Hughes from 8 Women Dream, "a motivational blog about achieving our dreams," named Creativity Portal #2 in her list of "The Top 48 Most Motivational and Inspirational Web Sites."

Kim Komando Kool Site of the Day

December 21, 2005
America's Digital Goddess Kim Komando, a syndicated radio show host for one of the Top 10 Programs in the US, featured the Creativity Portal as her "Kool" site of the day. Kim says, "I'm sure many of you like to make ornaments, too. So stop by Creativity Portal. You'll find some great ideas for this year's ornament. There are also gift tags for those of you still wrapping presents. Don't forget to read the articles. There are articles on creativity and the season that are quite uplifting. And if you're still working on gifts, you'll find ideas for those as well!"

Blogger's Buzz

Buzzed Site, September 7, 2005
Creativity Portal's Writing Prompts and Imagination Prompt Generator were featured in Blogger's Buzz: "Blogger's Block?
Check out these Writing and Blog Prompts, Topic Generators, and Photo Inspiration: "Need an idea or a writing prompt or two to get you going? Try out these resources and generators featuring free writing prompts, photo inspiration, daily writing exercises, journal and blogging prompts, visual art prompts, and other imagination prompts." The Next Prompt Button is kinda neat too."

Good Housekeeping

Good Housekeeping Site of the Day

October 15, 2003
"The Creativity Portal promotes the exploration and expression of personal creativity through free learning, arts, crafts, writing, and other creative activities." As you can tell from the description, this portal will direct you to just about any 'creative' area, with multiple links to support the different 'creative' bents. For you adults who might think a creative portal has no resource for you, the 'Be Creative Adults' section will provide a "safe [place] for you to let go and explore your creativity." You'll find "how-to resources, original and submitted articles, downloadable projects and printables, fun and humor, and motivation to Be Creative!" Who knows, you just might be a modern-day Michelangelo or Shakespeare and not know it yet, so click on and "treat yourself to some creativity today!" (Site no longer online)

Featured resource, July 2004
"The eMetaphor team was especially impressed with the uniqueness of Creativity Portal, and highly recommend it to those with creative interests. You'll find a various assortment of topics, resources, and activities that will have you inspired and motivated to create and enjoy artistic expression. You'll definitely want to keep this one bookmarked!" Book Citing Sightings Book Citing Sightings

Creativity Portal in Print

A cursory survey in 2008 found that was cited as a recommended Web site and creativity resource in at least 10 different books related to creativity, writing, and education. A snapshot of titles:

Juicy Pens, Thirsty Paper: Gifting the World with Your Words and Stories, and Creating the Time and Energy to Actually Do It
by SARK (Paperback — Aug 12, 2008)
"For anyone who knows that a writer lives within them but doesn't know how or where to start; for writers who need new ways to work past their blocks and be reinspired; for anyone who loves SARK's wise words and art, Juicy Pens, Thirsty Paper will help start the ink flowing and keep it going."

Just Say Yes!: The Power of Creative Thinking Way Outside the Tired, Old Box
by Michelle Kabele (Paperback — Oct 2, 2008)
"Learn why creativity is critical to business success; simple ways to nurture creativity in yourself and your colleagues; how to stimulate great, 'way outside the box' ideas; and much much more!"

Essential Creativity in the Classroom: Inspiring Kids
by Thorne (Paperback — Dec 15, 2006)
"Packed with proven practical advice this dip-in guide identifies the best ways of supporting pupils as they navigate their exciting journey through a world of learning and discovery."

Creative Computer Crafts: 50 Fun and Useful Products You Can Make with Any Inkjet Printer
by Marcelle Costanza (Paperback — May 15, 2006)
"This eye-catching, 4-color book shows, step-by-easy-step, how to use a computer and an inkjet printer to make fun and functional projects."

Career of Gold: Defeat Age Bias by Re-Careering for the Second Half of Your Life
by Don Bracken (Paperback — Dec 1, 2006)
"Career of Gold is worth its weight in gold. It addresses a problem that will loom large for many people and it shows those who are interested in working how to find their way in the fast moving world of technology." — Ross Perot

The Complete Guide to Writing Fundraising Letters for Nonprofit Organization
by Charlotte Rains Dixon (Paperback — Sep 1, 2008)
"If you employ the techniques provided in The Complete Guide to Writing Successful Fundraising Letters for Nonprofit Organizations, you will ensure that your letter stands out and achieves its goal."

Ready, Set, Go Lead!: A Primer for Emerging Health Care Leaders
by Nancy Dickenson-Hazard (Paperback — Oct 3, 2008)
"This transformative handbook will help aspiring and experienced health care leaders alike as they embark and continue on their leadership journeys."

Creatively Self-Employed: How Writers and Artists Deal with Career Ups and Downs
by Kristen Fischer (Paperback — Jan 30, 2007)
"Creative types discuss what life is really like when you take the plunge into creative self-employment. From waiting for clients to pay up and battling the "lonelies" to gaining self-assurance and growing your business, you'll get a candid look at authentic living—straight from those who are out there making it happen."

The Leonardo Trait: Living the Multipassionate Life
by Angie Dixon (Paperback — Oct 8, 2006)
"Do you say YES!!!!!! when someone asks you what you want to do with your life? Are you a multipassionate, multitalented multitasker? You might be a Leonardo, and you might be surprised at what great things that means for you."

Web-Based Learning: Design, Implementation, and Evaluation
by Gayle V. Davidson-Shivers and Karen L. Rasmussen (Paperback — Aug 16, 2006)
"Web-Based Learning: Design, Implementation, and Evaluation clearly instructs readers how to design effective Web courses, create a community of Web-based learners, and implement and evaluate Web-based instruction through an easy to follow ID framework."

Did you know?

AcornCreativity Portal began as a small acorn of an idea planted by Chris Dunmire in 2000. Through two decades of mindful tending and cultivation, this delightful Web site has grown into a thriving collective of voices, prompts, and perspectives designed to inspire creativity.

Best Website Award

Reedsy Names Creativity Portal Named a 'Best Writing Website' for 2019!

Tess Patalano at Reedsy announced Creativity Portal as "one of their best writing websites of 2019!" Listed at number 4 of 50 writing-related Web sites in their Writing Craft and Inspiration category among giants NaNoWriMo, Writer's Digest and Publishers Weekly, they write:

Best Website Award

We appreciate Reedsy lauding Creativity Portal as "a wonderful hub for creative resources" where you can "find writing prompts, creative coaching, printable writing templates, and interviews with authors that will help nourish the right side of your brain." Thank you for the honor, Reedsy! We accept your award with gratitude and welcome your readers to enjoy our inspiring offerings!

More Accolades

"Chris Dunmire is an effervescent creative force. Her irreverent style captures and delights me, her expansive creative applications thrill me. Chris's words and art are full of humor, depth, and play. She is an uncommon inventor." — SARK, Bestselling Author,

“The countless ideas and interesting photos make Creativity Portal a good resource. The site will inspire just about anyone.” — The English Journal

“Chris is one of the most 'pro artist' people I have ever met. I have watched Creativity Portal continually morph with great ideas over the years. Just when I think she's done it all, Chris takes off on another creative spin providing yet even more opportunities for creative people. Chris is extremely of the greatest innovators in this decade I believe. And she has the unique capability of originating ideas as well as successfully executing them while bringing others on board. She is a modern day Harriet Tubman...setting many creative people free while giving of herself to do so. Chris Dunmire...a unique leader for a unique demographic of creative people worldwide.” — Angela Mack, Musician,

"Chris, you may never know how many blocked writers and artists you have helped 'unblock' through your inspirational articles, art and ideas...seriously. Isn't it amazing to be able to touch so many lives?" — Violette, Artist & Author,

“The Creativity Portal was a relief to find! It was truly a portal to a community where being inventive, innovative and imaginative was considered the norm. Finding this community meant the world to me. Having found it, I wanted to support the people who were struggling with creativity. Creativity Portal was a major discovery on my path to becoming a creativity coach. Thanks, Chris, for being such an inspiration!” — Quinn McDonald, USA,

“Chris is an amazing creator, a mentor, a leader, an inspiration. If you work with her, thank your lucky stars. Then find some more stars to wish on, and wish for the opportunity to work with her again.” — Dave Duggins, Consultant and Creativity Coach, Silvern Studios

"Chris, I absolutely love your website! is the perfect place for anyone and everyone to visit in search of new and exciting ways to explore and develop their creativity. Keep up the excellent work! :-)" — Jeff Scarterfield, How to Draw Cartoons Online

"Chris, I thoroughly enjoyed reading this interview [from 52 Projects], and hearing something about your personal creative journey as well as the evolution of "Creativity Portal." I laud you for your openness, your creativity, and all the work and effort you put into the site. "Creativity Portal" is a fine example of a modern-day "institution" that speaks to the best, most humane and proactive aspect of our humanity. I wish you continued creative joy as you help open the process for others!" — Lynda Lehmann, Artist

"Thanks again for all you provide to the online creative community. You are a real champion of the creative process in all its many forms and I am very grateful for your work and your presence in the world!" — Chris Zydel, MA, Creative Juices Arts

"I'm very honored to be a part of Creativity Portal." — Lisa Collazo, LSCW, Writer's Coach

"I love your site and your newsletter... Always something fun and inspiring." — Angela Hook, Author of Let the Wire Inspire

"I love being part of the Portal — it's one of the most comprehensive, appealing and creative friendly sites out there. It satisfies my frequent need for a creative fix of information and inspiration. Thanks Chris!!" — Jill Badonsky, Author, Kaizen-Muse™ Coaching Founder

"Creativity Portal is wonderful! Go there and play!" — Joy Sikorski, Best-Selling Author of How to Draw a Radish

"Your site is an inspiration and a labour of love; it's well-tended, cared for, and deserves to be widely read. I look forward to using it more and more." — Christine Stefanitsis, a founding member of Little Chick Press

"Let me really complement you on your site. It is wonderful. Very rich. Nicely designed. Great work!!!" — Rick Benzel, Founder of the Creativity Coaching Association

"I just love it that Chris created the site as a personal journey and it turned into something so valuable for so many people that she does not even know. It is the equivalent of leaving free books or magazines around the world for people to pick up and peruse." — Deanna Fitzpatrick, Member of the Editorial Board of Rug Hooking magazine

"I have been clicking onto Creativity Portal almost daily for the past couple of months for daily doses of inspiration! Creativity Portal is a place to find creative jumpstarts, ideas for artful designs and online muses!" — Violette, Contemporary Folk Artist

"I just got to say, this is the best newsletter I get. Thanks very much for such a good job of creating it." — Marie, Subscriber

"Thank you so much for acknowledging my subscription to your newsletter. You have so many wonderful features and I really enjoy surfing your website. I'm specially interested in journal writing and creativity. Actually everything about your website is truly interesting and helpful." — Mench, Subscriber

"This is a great web site. I belong to a small writing group that meets once a month. Sometimes I have "writers block" choosing a topic. This web site is fantastic to get my creative juices flowing. Thanks for making this available to us." — Subscriber

"Your web site is incredible! Thank you for ALL the effort that you put into it. I'm sure that a lot of people benefit from such a valuable resource tool!" — Subscriber