Tell Us and Share: What Creativity are YOU Thankful For?


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Last year, we asked you to share your comments about what creativity you’re thankful for.

We’re keeping the Thanks going. We’ve kept everything you wrote last year, to inspire you this year.

What artist do you want to thank? What creative work has made a difference in your life?

I’ll start. I’m thankful for you, our readers. Since last year, your ranks have grown exponentially—there are now 10,000 of you. If you’re in Los Angeles, please come to our Cultural Weekly Gathering on December 6 (details here). It will be incredible to meet each other.

We wouldn’t be here without our writers. Thank you, brave committed writers and poets, who raise your articulate voices. You further our mission, which is to draw attention to our cultural environment, illuminate it, and make it better through rich conversations.

A special thank you to filmmaker Nicholas Jarecki. Nick wrote and directed Arbitrage, which is a stunning debut film; it features a career-capping performance by Richard Gere. Nick just penned a generous Foreword for my new book, Inside Track for Independent Filmmakers, which will be out in January. I’m honored, Nick.

I’m also honored to live with an artist, Lori Zimmerman. Her work illustrates this article. Living with an artist reminds me of passion and commitment every day. As Lori works, there is no daylight between her hand and her truth.

Gentle readers, now it’s your turn. What artist do you want to thank? What creative work has made a difference in your life?

Please share and acknowledge the creative people who matter to you—then share and re-post this article. Let’s see how many thanks we can give.

Happy Thanksgiving!


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Adam Leipzig

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Adam Leipzig, Cultural Weekly’s publisher, is the Chief Operating Officer of CreativeFuture, a non-profit organization that advocates for the creative community. He is also CEO of Entertainment Media Partners, a company that navigates creative entrepreneurs through the Hollywood system and beyond, and a keynote speaker. He is the former president of National Geographic Films and senior Disney executive, and has been a producer, distributor, financier and executive on more than 30 films, including 'March of the Penguins,' 'Honey, I Shrunk the Kids,' 'Dead Poets Society,' and 'Titus.' Adam is the author of ‘Inside Track for Independent Filmmakers ’ and co-author of the all-in-one resource for college students and emerging filmmakers 'Filmmaking in Action: Your Guide to the Skills and Craft' (Macmillan). Adam teaches at UC Berkeley's Haas School of Business, at Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Media Arts, and in UCLA's Professional Producing Program.

  • paul g k

    For the one inspired to write – Consider this: whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows bountifully will reap bountfiully. What do you sow?

  • Georgia E.

    I'd like to say that I appreciate Mark Foster of FosterThePeople because he is a musical genius and I thoroughly enjoy his songs and think his dancing onstage is quite frivolous–a real hilarious treat to watch. His acoustic voice is also harrowingly deep and amazing.
    My influences cannot be specified into a few people. I'm thankful for every creative joe out there who create those DIY tutorials on blogs/youtube. Thank you for those, they are awesome.

  • Jason A Gonzalez

    I am thankful for all the great (and largely unsung) musicians, artists, actors and writers that I have had the pleasure of working with over the last 13 years while here in LA. Being in this environment has led to fulfillment of some long held goals/dreams and has inspired a new set of creative priorities. Give thanks, indeed!