“Creative Collective connects creativity, community and commerce in the city of Salem”
Who we are.
Creative North Shore is the community program of the Creative Collective.
Creative Collective LLC connects creativity, community, and commerce across the North Shore. As a collective of creative professionals, small businesses, organizations, and individuals we coordinate a series of events, traditional and non-traditional marketing initiatives, resources, and best practices to define why creativity matters in all aspects of life.
We do this by providing opportunities and online marketing, detailed calendar listings, media coverage, advocacy, event creation/ management and consultations to help promote local artists, nonprofits, and small businesses. We help local artists and businesses thrive by fostering an appreciation for the arts and making critical connections leading to a better quality of life and a healthier economy.
MEMBERSHIP DIRECTOR, WRITER, MOM, HISTORY NERD
Robyn is our Director of Membership & Creative Growth. She brings a decade of fundraising and public relations to the team. Robyn manages our relationships with our business & community members and can’t wait to tell you all about it. Robyn loves Galentine’s Day, gatherings at HAUSWITCH and creating the HistoryCast podcast. When she’s not at the office, you can find Robyn drinking soy mochas at the bookstore with her fam or meandering the neighborhood with her sleepy Greyhound, Poe.
DOT CONNECTOR ADVOCACY, COMMUNITY CONNECTIONS, FUNDRAISING, EVENT MANAGEMENT
Mikki Wilson is a creative entrepreneur, and her medium is community and connections which she has transformed into an art form. Working with non-profit and for profit organizations and connecting them to creativity for the benefit of all Mikki has developed an integral new tool in the establishment of a union between artists/creatives and the rest of the world.
OWNER, PHOTOGRAPHER, TECH OBSESSED, CREATIVE CONSULTANT FORMER CHEF
John is the owner of Creative Collective, Creative Salem and John Andrews Photo. John is hyper focused on the mission of implementing a new approach to fostering and supporting the creative economy while educating the masses on the importance of a well placed GIF. If John has actually decided to take a day off (lol) you can find him marathoning Dr. WHO, attempting to not crash his drone or getting more ink from Black Veil Tattoo… in shorts of course!
MARKETING, POETRY, FEMINISM, EVENT MANAGEMENT, PHOTO BOOTH MASTER
Have you ever wondered how we’re able to so perfectly pull off so much reach on social media? Say hi to Kati – our Marketing Manager. You can find Kati out and about finding all kinds of creative happenings we think you should get your eyes on. Kati loves planning events & weddings, taking your picture in photo booths, and smashing the patriarchy with her Feminists of Salem community. On that special night of nights you can find Kati belting out new and classic songs during karaoke at Koto!
There really is no better way then to show off highlights of what the creative economy can bring to the community than using events as a platform to showcase the professionals that work in the creative space on a daily basis.
From Drive Ins to Horror Festivals to flash mobs to pop up art installations, Food Truck Festivals and everything in between we are always following industry trends for the most successful way to run events that compensate artists/creatives and benefit the community through creative placemaking.
By fostering local creatives with a network and platform to showcase their skills and talents we facilitate creative networking, gather comprehensive event listings, consult, market and stand as a central curation point for all the wonderful cultural things currently happening, and those on the horizon around Salem. Our members sit on all the major creative and cultural boards and committees ensuring that the creative professional always has a voice at the table. As a member of the Creative Collective we are also able to extend beyond Salem if it is beneficial to the artists/creatives we support.
COVERAGE AND MARKETING
Arts and creativity are visual… the coverage, promotion and marketing of all the amazing things that are created, performed needs to be equally as appealing to the eyes, ears and soul. Through a series of best marketing practices and high quality professional photography, videography, social media coverage and writing we have introduced hundreds of thousands of people to the depth and diversity of the creative scene in Salem and beyond. Our collective of professionals assemble and tell the stories that traditional media tends to shy away from. The combined tools help to shape the new narrative of creativity on the North Shore.