How did we get started?

I once asked a hospice doctor how she could handle such a difficult job. Her response: “It’s a calling.” Everything about her — her demeanor, her patience, her sympathy — suited that answer perfectly. And I’m sure she felt a great deal of satisfaction knowing she was helping individuals and their families face the inevitable.

Creativity HQ is my calling.

All of my professional experience points to it. Everything I enjoy about work–organizational management, writing and producing theatre for family audiences, leading a K-12 educational nonprofit, developing programs, managing events, and coordinating cast and crew on film productions–I apply skills from each of these experiences to create the kind of out-of-school enrichment program that can change lives and make a difference.

Young people don’t always get the experiential opportunities or the encouragement they might need to feel safe exploring this vast world of ideas. Understanding ourselves and the world around us teaches us how vast the universe is, how unique we all are, and just how much opportunity is out there if we think, explore, and become lifelong learners. Creativity HQ allows us to spend quality time with young people to help ignite a spark, cultivate an interest, build confidence, and improve the way they approach and solve problems.

Every time I see the gears click, witness the excitement of understanding, the pride of accomplishment, and the transition from fearful to fearless, I tear up. Parents, teachers, and instructors have the unique ability to have a positive influence on a child’s outlook, their belief in themselves, and their optimism for the wonderful journey that lies ahead. Prior to now, I was exactly where I needed to be. Because it led me here.

To all current and future members of the Creativity HQ family, thank you for supporting out-of-school enrichment. Together we are developing imaginative, collaborative, inquisitive, persistent, and disciplined creative thinkers equipped with the kindness and global awareness they’ll need to take over responsibility for humankind. It’s important work that happens to be incredibly cool.

Creatively Yours,

Shari Getz

Successful is the person who has lived well, laughed often and loved much, who has gained the respect of children, who leaves the world better than they found it, who has never lacked appreciation for the earth’s beauty, who never fails to look for the best in others or give the best of themselves.

RALPH WALDO EMERSON