"The creation of a thousand forests is in one acorn." — Ralph Waldo Emerson
In 2000, a tiny seed that had been growing inside of me for 28 years needed to be transferred into a larger pot. As I worked towards my degree in graphic design, I found a container for my love of words and images through founding Creativity-Portal.com as a free learning resource and community of artists, writers, and coaches to share experiences, knowledge, and expertise within a creativity-fostering environment for the benefit of many.
Creativity Portal flourished long before Facebook and Twitter arrived on the scene — attracting creative leaders and fostering creative connections. Prior to the rise of social media and shorter attention spans, I also published a free, content-rich bi-weekly e-zine ("NewZine") in tandem with the site which ran for 8 years and had tens of thousands of subscribers. The newsletter is now retired and this award-winning free site remains for all to enjoy with the purpose of encouraging, inspiring, and empowering individuals towards exploring, excavating, and expressing creativity at work, in business, and in personal artistic expression.
No undertaking this large is the result of any one person. This dynamic community is the result of hundreds of people working together for a common cause and fruit for all: a bursting treasure trove of tools, projects, prompts, and positive perspectives from artists, writers, performers, and others living mindfully and creatively at all levels. This page highlights just a few of the testimonials, awards, and accolades Creativity Portal has received over the years.
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Writer's Digest Magazine 'Best Web Site for Writers'
Creativity Portal featured in the magazine'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!"
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 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!"
eMetaphor.com (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!"
A cursory survey in 2008 found that www.Creativity-Portal.com 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."