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Greeley Creative District – Be Curious!

July 3 @ 7:45 am - 10:00 am



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Becky Safarik, Board President, Greeley Creative District

This Workshop will offer a brief overview of the origin of the Greeley Creative District as an independent non-profit. Plus you will learn its unique association with local and state government agencies, a bit about its 17-member board, and an overview of its annual programs and services. The audience will also learn about the Guiness World Record that it holds, how its work applies to all Greeley residents, and hear about some exciting ambitions the District has undertaken to level up its support of our local Creatives and community.

Creative Districts came about as part of a Statewide initiative in 2012 and Greeley was among the first to compete for the limited districts recognized, earning that distinction in 2014.  Greeley is now one of just 30 districts in the state.  Becky is one of the founders of this District, having served in a leadership capacity since its inception.            

Becky will hand-out information about 2 upcoming free community workshops about selling yourself as a creative and how to find your creative family/support system.  NorCoWIB participants will also hear about an end of summer Taste Tour of the District (one of two annual fundraisers), the annual Día de los Muertos celebration and the District’s contribution to Downtown Winterfest.  In addition to attending the events, volunteers are especially appreciated to help support their success.

  1. Three key points you will gain / take away following this Workshop:
    1. Creativity is integral to every part of our lives and not confined to visual and performing arts
    2. Learn how to embed an expectation of creativity into your work and everyday life to become an agent of change
    3. Discover how you can support local creatives, makers and add to your quality of life as a sponsor or supporter of any number of Greeley Creative District activities.

Becky Safarik retired (for a second time) last year from the City of Greeley after serving  45 years as the  Community Development Director and Deputy City Manager, responsible for new development and urban renewal functions, Poudre Trail, neighborhood services, and a variety of community engagement activities.  She has served on numerous local boards and commissions over the years and is one of the founders of the Greeley Creative District.

She arrived in Greeley to attend UNC over 50 years ago and unexpectedly found her second home here.  Her first job, in her later college years, was as director of the “SLYB” campus/community Suicide Prevention Hotline, which is where she met her husband, Roger DeWitt (…no, he was not one of the callers…).  They have two grown children and an abundance of pets that seem to think they are their  children also.

Becky co-authored the book “Bears in the Backyard” with Mary Borg and Ron Edgerton. With support from Deb DeBoutez, Peggy Ford Waldo and Elizabeth Kellums; it’s a story about how the city and university grew up together.  All proceeds from the book go to the Greeley Creative District.

You can contact our speaker and learn more about her and the Creative District at:

Your Name   Becky Safarik

Your Business Name  Greeley Creative District

Web Site www.greeleycreativedistrict.org

Email gr*********************@gm***.com

Phone 970-373-5223

Facebook  https://www.facebook.com/GreeleyCreativeDistrict/     

Instagram  https://www.instagram.com/greeleycreativedistrict

Newsletter: https://greeleycreativedistrict.org/subscribe

Becky will bring some Bears in the Backyard books and fliers for upcoming events!

Please Thank our member Volunteers for helping make this Workshop a powerful experience for YOU – we all know the importance of having a creative outlet – it helps decrease your stress and raises your happiness:

WORKSHOP Date:  Wednesday, July 3rd, 2024

Program Title: Greeley Creative District – Be Curious!

Speaker: Becky Safarik, Greeley Creative District, Board President

Location & Catering: Kimberly’s Event Center & Lounge, Kim Ponce 1029 8th Ave., Greeley, CO 80631

Set-up DIVAS 4-5 p.m. Tuesday, 7/2/24 from 3-4 p.m.  Celeste Ewert, Envision; Christine McDermott, Habitat for Humanity; Aiesha Englick, Sista In Act Cleaning Service;

Check-in Hostesses: Isabella Haro, FirstBank; Margie Martinez, UWWC & Rodeo Queens;

Greeter: Barb Wasung, Community Grief Center;

Speaker’s Gift: Kate Howell, Reflexology / Realtor / Academy of Natural Therapy 

7th Inning Stretch: Gena Wickes, Horses & Hounds Chiropractic;

Clean-up DIVAS: Sydney Buckles, Stoddard Funeral Home & Sunset Memorial Gardens; Lori Gama, DaGama Digital Marketing; Ashley Fusco, Raven Sign Studio; Jenn Negley

Your generous participation with our Sister-to-Sister Pay-it-Forward philanthropy will benefit The Creative District and be coordinated by Heather Ingersoll, Hometown Insurance.  The money will be used by The Creative District to provide free workshops to help creatives stay focused on their gifts and gain confidence in their journey to thrive as a creative.  Members can share 1 business card + $5 or …3 Biz cards and $15. You decide how passionately you wish to donate in $5 increments, it’s your choice.

So often, those with creative ambitions are encouraged not to prioritize their talents and dreams, but to pursue other studies and jobs “as a backup.”  Too often the backup becomes their only choice, and they become resigned and no longer follow their hearts or their passions become a side hustle.  Others discover the world of creativity as a means of healing from wounds suffered in war, broken lives and hurts.   Having a support system, information, and “Creative Sherpas” can help a person find their soul and thrive in ways completely unexpected.  This is what we try to do through the Creative District…foster and support creativity as a way of life.

Be sure to volunteer for upcoming Workshops to assist with a smooth operation each month and to capture more Networking time to get to know more of our members!

Northern Colorado Women in Business is in its 16th years as a Networking Leader for local women and  we continue to provide collaborative opportunities for our members to shine through:

  • Sponsored events (making it more affordable when sharing the cost)
  • Volunteer together to enjoy collaboration and community impact, such as a 2-hour volunteer work session at the Weld Food Bank or a Habitat for Humanity BUILD Day  – which provides additional NETWORKING time.
  • Provide promotional materials for NewBEE Bags and Speaker Gifts to promote your business
  • Lead activities where we want community visibility like Relay for Life, Compete to BEAT {{HUNGER}} or UNC’s annual Women’s Walk to raise scholarship dollars
  • Make :30 announcements at the end of the Workshops to spread awareness about things you are hosting or passionate about
  • Serve as Enlightening Conversation Leader/ Hostesses …and also accept invitations to be part of these magical small group Master Mind sessions that currently are FREE
  • Sponsor a Training that will enrich your business skills
  • Participate with members in CELEBRATING YOUR WINS!


July 3
7:45 am - 10:00 am
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Kristi Helzer, NorCoWIB
Kimberly Ponce
Celeste Ewert
Christine McDermott
Isabella Haro
Margie Martinez
Gena Wickes
Barbara Wasung
Kate Howell
Lori Gama
Ashley Fusco
Allison Dunning
Heather Ingersoll


Kimberly’s Event Center Lounge
1029 8th Ave.
Greeley,80631United States
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