2018 Spotlight 509: Stoking Our Creative Fires
Aug 29, 2018
A culture of creativity can’t be manufactured. When it manifests, it’s because of great leadership — yes — but equally important, it’s fostered from the ground up.
Think of it like building a fire. Sparks fly in the form of shared beliefs. Ideas smolder and spread until your culture connects you to those around, providing comfort and security and focus to all. To keep it going, you have to tend to it.
At Centerline, we tend to our creative culture in many ways. One of the most im-portant ways in which we stoke our creative fires is our annual art show, Spotlight 509.
Spotlight 509 began four years ago with the discovery that an unsuspecting employee had a secret identity outside of work as a masterful jewelry maker. This discovery sparked the questions “What other secret creative talents are our people harboring?” and “What does it really mean to be an artist?”
So we approached the team to further discover account managers who were painters, designers who wrote poetry, writers who carved wood, project managers who were culinary expressionists. And the list went on. We decided to showcase these disparate talents at a single company art show. And thus was Spotlight 509 born.
This year’s spotlight, titled “Undercover Artistry,” continued that tradition. It shone a light on Centerline’s culture and underlying belief that everyone on the team can, and does, contribute to the creative and strategic success of every video, website, info-graphic, event design — and so much more — we create for our clients.
We called on every member of the team to show off their hidden talents and the re-sults were fascinating. From watercolor paintings to craft beer recipes to musical ex-hibitions, we not only exhibited the undercover artistry of each Centerliner, but of our culture, too.
A guest panel of past Centerliners presided over the show, and chose the following artists as winners:
Best in Show
Title: Centerline Spirit
by Amr Al Chalati, Motion Graphics Designer
Title: Trio Muses
by Jona Daluz Peterson, Senior Art Director
Title: Brothers in Drawings
by Jillian Broadbin, Production and Project Coordinator
We believe everyone at Centerline is an artist whether creativity is part of his or her job description or not. It’s reflected in the way we collaborate to bring client work to life. And it’s driven by an enduring culture of creativity.