Kathleen & Eric Gendron - Jewelry Designer & Owners
Since day one, Creative Collective has been incredibly supportive of Ravenstone. John, Michelle, Kati and team have not only been an incredible resource in connecting us with like-minded creative professionals, they’ve also been an invaluable source of information on how to grow a creative-based small business and know the "do’s and don’ts” of making a part-time gig into a full-time endeavor. There’s no roadmap for growing a creative business and knowing someone has your back is worth it’s weight in gold.
In addition, Creative Collective also organizes the best vendor markets we’ve ever been a part of. They are well run, the communication is always top-notch and, most importantly, they do a stellar job of promoting events to ensure that attendance is always strong.
Creative Collective has fostered a community for creative professionals that we are proud to be a part of - we’re so happy we joined.
Anna Dugan - Artist & Creative Entrepreneur
Joining Creative Collective has been such a game-changer for me. I have gained more opportunities and expanded my network exponentially since becoming a member. Every single Creative Collective event has led me to meeting new people and building stronger relationships within the community. They have been instrumental in helping me become more knowledgeable about events & organizations happening on the North Shore, which has led to opportunities that I would not have even known existed before. The Creative Collective Team not only works extremely hard to ensure their members are actually benefiting from their memberships, but they do so with such care. They truly want to see you succeed. Joining the Collective has not meant working less hard but it has meant working smarter, within a larger network, and with the guidance & support of a pretty amazing group of people. I am grateful for all they do for me as an individual and for the community as a whole. I am proud to be part of this larger voice, helping create more space, opportunity, and value for artist & creative businesses.
WENDY CASAZZA SCRUTON- Owner
The Creative Collective helps to connect a network of diverse creative entrepreneurs, while at the same time developing unique opportunities that further the business goals of their member organizations. They have played an essential role in gaining community exposure for my small business Notso Kitty since I joined at the beginning of 2018. Marketplace events planned by the Collective are among Notso Kitty’s favorites to participate in; not only are they run professionally and courteously, but the extra effort they put in towards caring about their member’s overall business interests is always evident. There are many organizations out there that will take a creative person’s money and offer little in return on investment: this is not one of them!
LINDA MULLEN - Owner
As someone who struggles with social media - creating the content, developing a marketing base, posting regularly, it has been such a great thing to have the help and networks of Creative Collective available as support and inspiration to keep developing my online presence. Access to their marketing tips and advice is the hand-holding I need to get better at social media. Also, I can’t tell you how much I appreciate having gorgeous professional photographs of my work available through Creative Collective. Great photography helps me create social media content that makes me proud. For a small business that doesn’t have a big marketing budget, spending $40 a month for all this is worth every last penny.
BRIAN SIMS- BORAH! STREET PERFORMER
Creative Collective has exposed BORAH! and Salem’s Black Hat Society all over the map not only locally but nationally and internationally. BORAH! LOVES the team at this organization. They work hard and give each member individualized attention. They truly care about their member’s products and organizations. They answer every email and are ready to listen and give advice and attention to their member’s needs. Talk about spectacular and class-act events, they know how to throw one heck of a PARTY! Join NOW so you can grow FAST! Thank you guys for all of your support and hard work! BORAH!
CHERI GRISHIN - ASSISTANT DIRECTOR
Creative Collective has been a wonderful resource for us at the Marblehead Museum. Over the past year, we have been able to collaborate with other Creative Collective members to bring new and exciting programming to the Lee Mansion. As a small non-profit with limited resources, the marketing that Creative Collective provides helps tremendously in promoting our events and creating more community awareness for our organization. Creative Collective has been instrumental in supporting our efforts to challenge ourselves creatively and broaden our reach as a local cultural institution.
PEYTON PUGMIRE - OWNER
"The support I receive from the Creative Collective is tremendous peace of mind for me. I trust that the Collective team is aware of what I'm up to on a regular basis, and that they sincerely care about helping to get the word out. In addition, they help us all connect with one another and feel like an essential part of the region's culture. This is all heavy duty stuff, and they do it with such love, kindness, and peace! Thanks guys!!"
ERIK SAYCE - OWNER
“Creative Collective has been a guiding light through the process of starting our business here on the Northshore. Yes, our membership has paid for itself several times over through sales at events they've organized, but the real value here comes indirectly. John and the crew have connected us with many critical relationships that have deepened our connection to the community and help propelled us forward in ways that I'm not sure we would have achieved otherwise. The level of care, attention, and friendship we have gained here is unique, and unlike any other collective we have seen.”
DAN DONATO - OWNER/STRATEGY OVERLORD
“The Creative Collective has been a great way to meet other business owners on the North Shore. The Collective staff is adept at facilitating networking events that feel authentic and not like traditional "networking" events I've been to. I also enjoy that the mission leans toward the creative and artistic communities. It's been perfect for my organization.”
KYLIE SULLIVAN - EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
“Partnering with Creative Collective as co-organizers of the Salem Arts Festival was exactly the boost this important community event needed to take things to the next level.
The Creative Collective staff was able to bring on more sponsors and community partners than we had ever had, and make them all feel engaged in the event in a way I had never been able to do on my own. Thanks to the collective and it’s extensive network of business members promotional reach increased drastically thanks to both the use of their social media channels and their careful attention to improving our existing channels.
Last years festival had record-breaking numbers of attendees, of participating gallery artists, of art sold, of street fair vendors involved, and of performers paid - in fact, we were able to increase our operating income by over 50% .
AL WILSON - EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
“Beyond Walls has been a member of the Creative Collective since shortly after our inception. Given their knowledge and tools, ‘The Collective’ was a no-brainer to raise awareness of our mission, projects, and events. Based on the strength and track record of the Creative Collective we plan to continue our membership.
In addition to our membership, for the 2018 Beyond Walls Street Art Festival we contracted with John and his team to take on an expanded role in running the festival’s social media strategy; no small feat given our growth objectives and our need to not only promote participating artists and Beyond Walls signature events, but also the events of our festival partners. In total, the 14-day festival included 7 signature events and 41 partner events. The Collective put the right channels, tactics, and tools in motion with relevant messages and the right voice going out throughout.
With art, culture, creativity, and community being central to Beyond Walls work and with The Creative Collective sharing a vision that thriving culture and creative sectors support the sustainability of communities (and frankly, make the world a better place), we are excited to continue to work and partner with The Creative Collective. I give them my highest recommendation.”
ROSARIO UBIERA-MINAYA - FOUNDER & PRINCIPLE
“Creative Collective has been essential for my business tool kit since the start. Their support and resources have guided me in making effective decisions for my company. My business membership has provided exposure to other amazing local businesses, organizations and audiences, creating opportunities for connections and collaborations that have resulted in creative partnerships, with art, culture, creativity and community as a central and shared purpose”
DONEECA THURSTON - CREATIVE ENGAGEMENT PRODUCER
“What is there not to love about working with Creative Collective!? I recently partnered with them on our second block party event at PEM in July. Last year we got about 1,000 people and knew that attendees would be looking for even more this year. Creative Collective put together an incredible vendor fair, featuring a large number of their business members and businesses local to the North Shore. The fair started three hours before the event and drew a crowd right away! It was the perfect addition to the block party and really emphasized the community feel we were going for. I'm pretty sure there were a good number of people who came just for the vendor fair and ended up sticking around for the block party. We had over 4,000 people attend the event and it was great to see so many happy faces, vendors included. Creative Collective did a fantastic job of recruiting the vendors, helping them set up, and making sure the vendors had a positive experience. I can always trust the Creative Collective team with any task or project, because they always deliver. Thank you John, Roby, and Kati! “
HISTORIC HOUSE AND SETTLEMENT IN SALEM MA
“Our work with Creative Collective has been a valuable resource during the 350th anniversary of The House of the Seven Gables. Our membership with the Collective has helped us with classic events like Taste of The Gables, but has also supported us with making new community connections such as the seaside yoga events with Rebel Yell Yoga. The Gables also hired the Collective as consultants to support our first-ever Gables Fest event. Without Creative Collective, we never would have been able to make connections with the unique talents that made the celebration a success. As a community we are fortunate to have a talented group of creatives working for the greater cultural good of Salem and beyond.”
LIVE ACTION ROLEPLAY, IMMERSIVE THEATRE TROUPE
When developing our company, Intramersive, we were faced with the issue of finding a way to describe our work in an emerging market unfamiliar to Salem, the North Shore, and even Boston. We immediately looked to the Creative Collective for advice, and got far more than we had ever anticipated. When it came to marketing our first show, Daemonologie, Creative Collective worked tirelessly to help us get our show information out to potentially interested attendees. From attending our rehearsals to have photo shoots with our actors, to promoting us on websites, blogs, and social media to boost our credibility online – Creative Collective gave us the boost most new companies could only wish for.
Owner and Editor, writer – Amber Newburry
Creative Collective has been an essential ally to FunDead Publications. In 2016, FunDead was a brand-new, budding Salem publishing company with a very small, but loyal following. Creative Collective was key in shining a light on us to their many local, and not-so-local, followers. We were able to expand our audience by utilizing the Creative Collective social media platforms to reach new readers. Thanks to Creative Collective, we added hundreds of new followers to our own social media and saw exponential growth in our writing submission numbers.
MUSICIAN, BALLROOM DANCER
“I am so appreciative of Creative Collective and all the opportunities they create for local artists like myself. Their team of inspiring individuals consistently thinks outside the box, and they do such an amazing job of fostering the art culture in the area. I’ve been a native of the North Shore all my life, and I can’t help but wonder what we did without Creative Collective all those years. The city has become a hot spot for creative culture, and we have the hard-working, talented people at Creative Salem to thank for much of that. So thanks, Creative Collective. Thank you for supporting art, for supporting music, for supporting the community of thinkers and dreamers and idealists here in Salem. You’re the best.”
Alyssa Conary – Namesake historical society for Salem, cultural advocates
“As a historian starting up a new non-profit in the city, the help and support I’ve received from John & Creative Collective has been invaluable. I honestly believe that my organization wouldn’t be as far along as it is without a leg-up from Creative Collective. CC has also been a supporter of my freelance music career. Through them, I’ve been connected to people and places and booked actual paying gigs. CC is what creatives in the city have always needed but never had. It’s a whole new game now.”
January O'Neil - Executive Director
With their resources, connections, creative spirit, and unwavering support, Creative Collective has been invaluable to the growth and development of the Massachusetts Poetry Festival in Salem. Their outreach is phenomenal. Poets and writers typically work alone, so the festival brings together this community for a glorious weekend of words in Salem. John Andrews and his team knows the landscape—digitally and locally. They have the strategies and skills to build and maintain a diverse and inclusive following, and to help a grassroots org like ours achieve national prominence. We wouldn’t be where we are today without the innovation and creative vision that Creative Collective brings to the table. Every. Single. Time.
Joe DeSimone - Owner
“ Creative Collective has been outstanding in helping our new fitness facility reach our potential customers throughout the community. They are by far the best investment we have made for growing our business and our relationships. If you’re trying to grow a business in the North Shore I highly recommend you work with Creative Collective. “
Chrissy Vaccaro - Owner
I am over the moon to be a part of the Creative Collective with both my small businesses: Rebel Yell Yoga, and The Chaos Factor. My business partner, Lauren Recchia and I cannot say enough good things about the staff and the mission! We put together our first event with Creative Collective for April and the event sold out in less than 24 hours. Its so amazing to be part of a creative and supportive community!