100 Creatives Ends Today. Who's No. 1?

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At the end of May -- with Best of Phoenix looming at the other end of the summer -- we came up with a wacky idea:

Let's find 100 arty types from around town. We'll ask them questions, have them share some work. We'll call it The Creatives, in honor of our "Best of" theme, superheroes.

Honestly, folks, it was that simple. We started tossing up the profiles as soon as we heard back from the artists, with no regard (really!) for order or anything more than putting someone interesting up every day.

Turns out, that was the easy part. At first, we weren't sure it would work. 100 -- that's a big number. We thought we might run out. No way. As we end this project, we realize -- in all sincerity -- that we could easily keep going. 1000 Creatives? Has a nice ring to it. But like all good things, this project is coming to an end -- to make way for more.

Oh yeah, you want to know who No. 1 is, don'tcha?

Find out after the jump.

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1: YOU. Er, Phoenix, really.


At the risk of being corny (and with a nod to TIME magazine), there's no way No. 1 could be anyone else. Truth is, we may have set ourselves up by counting down, but we're no VH1. And one thing we've learned from running a culture blog for four months is that we've got no shortage of material. We've found evidence of creativity every day, and not just as part of The Creatives. You're pretty cool, Phoenix. And we're really lucky.

Below are 100 Creatives, you included. Above is a new project we're kicking off, a series of limited edition Jackalope stickers designed by some more pretty damn creative people around town. You can find us downtown for this First Friday, handing a few of them out. Grab 'em, collect 'em, share 'em, stick 'em wherever. (We won't tell.)

It's been real, it's been creative ... it's even been real creative. And now it's your turn to show us what else you've got. 



The Creatives, so far:


100. Fausto Fernandez
99. Brian Boner

98. Carol Panaro-Smith

97. Jane Reddin

96. Adam Dumper
95. Mayme Kratz
94. Daniel Tantalean
93. Yuri Artibise
92. Lisa Starry
91. Paul Hoeprich
90. Betsy Schneider
89. Mary Shindell
88: Gabriel Utasi
87: Tiffany Egbert
86. Angela Cazel Jahn
85. Dayvid LeMmon
84. Beatrice Moore
83. Michelle J. Martinez
82. Carrie Bloomston
81. Paul Porter
80. Rachel Bess
79. Karolina Sussland
78. Aaron Abbott
77. Mary Lucking
76. Erin Sotak
75. Greg Esser
74. Matthew Mosher
73. Mark Klett
72. Tony Carrillo
71. Paul Morris
70. Joe Pagac
69. Alison King
68. JJ Horner
67. Kim Porter
66. Marco Rosichelli
65. Heather Hales
64. Amy Lamp
63. Kevin Vaughan-Brubaker
62. Lindy Drew

61. Robbie Pfeffer
60. Neil Borowicz

59. Lynn Fisher

58. Tanner Woodford

57. David Tinapple
56. Casebeer

55. Tom Leveen

54. Patti Parsons

53. Tedd McDonah

52. Mike Maas
51. Chris Todd

50. Monica Aissa Martinez

49. Stefan Shepherd

48. Jenny Poon

47. Matt Moore

46. Andrea Hanley

45. Julie Hampton

44. Ted Decker

43. Saskia Jorda

42. Michael Bergfalk

41. Scott Baxter

40. Carrie Marill
39. Kobina Banning

38. Suzanne Falk
37. Jon Haddock

36. Kade Twist

35. Cindy Dach

34. John Wagner
33. Roy Wasson Valle

32. Sue Chenoweth
31. Patricia Colleen Murphy

30. David Quan

29. Lesli Yazzie
28. Nathan Feller

27. Cassandra Coblentz

26. Matt Dickson

25. Tara Logsdon

24. Gennaro Garcia
23. Tiphanie Brooke

22. Dan Semenchuk

21. James Angel
20. Tessa Windt
19. Mitch Fry

18. Miro Chun

17. Randy Slack

16. Abbey Messmer

15. Jessica Jordan

14. Brent Bond

13. Peter Shikany
12. Carolyn Lavender
11.Derek A. Welte
10. James E. Garcia
9. Stephanie Carrico

8. John Spiak

7. Quincy Ross
6. Steven Yazzie
5. Morgan McNally

4. Shawna Franks and Bob Fisher

3. Colin Chillag

2. April Reyna


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5 comments
Frederator
Frederator

Re: 100 Creatives.

Ms Cone speaks a lot of truth. It seems this list was based on both creative output AND how much Ms. Silverman agreed with the individual's artistic philosophy.

Some of the most notable people that should have been included, but weren't, are those Ms. Silverman isn't too fond of personally. The general public might not be familiar with the names, but the downtown comunity knows who they are.

That's my 2-cent worth.

Grandioosevelt
Grandioosevelt

i'm always a bit late to the party, i didn't start reading this series til you were down to number five and shortly thereafter subscribed to jackalope ranch. i have read seattle's slog nearly daily for a few years and often wished the new times had something comparable. i've always enjoyed the comments on the stranger's blog and hope that a similar conversation about the phoenix art scene can be found here. i'm intrigued by the controversy spoken of here, and while the exact increase in your web traffic this series may have caused because of who or who was not included is interesting, i prefer to think of it as a sort of Phoenix time capsule and hope you will return to this list in a year or five with reports on the growth in their careers. congratulations to those included and congratulations to those excluded, you're better than this. i read the first entry (100) and comments as well and will return to ninety-nine after posting this and cross my fingers that there is more Dickensian drama in the remaining entries.note to the reignal retentive: attempting to demean perceived shallowness by parsing style is demeaning and shallow and the basis of much popular culture, you are david letterman/spade funny. lucky charms, if you're asking.

Kathleen D. Cone
Kathleen D. Cone

I know the NT likes to create controversy to get hits or attention for advertisers, but I think this 100 Creative's really served to cause divisiveness in the arts. Something so many of us have been working towards ending.

There were so many deserving Creative's not included and some included who have no place in the list. It made me wonder who in the heck was making the decisions, certainly not someone qualified to do so.

As this 'project' wound down to the last of the 100, I have to say... Thank goodness "Beatrice Moore" was included! Others were deserving as well, and we all know who they are. But it's more than obvious that some were included due to social ties with the NT or power positions, who are in many ways hated among the Creatives.

In truth, I think the whole thing was foolish, mean spirited and thoughtless and alienated a lot of people who were sidelined as a result and hope NT's never does something like this again! *Kathy

Wayne Michael Reich
Wayne Michael Reich

Well said Kathy!

As usual, I have something to add.

Don’t break your arm patting yourself on the back just yet, Amy.As you once noted, I am a "dedicated reader"- and as such, I just had to comment.

So for clarity, allow me to dissect your literary ego stroke thusly.My responses are the interesting ones.

And the best part? They’re in brackets!

“At the end of May -- with Best of Phoenix looming at the other end of the summer -- we came up with a wacky idea:”

[Like writing something worth reading for a change?]

“Let's find 100 arty types from around town.”

[Let you in on a little secret Amy- we’re not six, we can handle the big word, which is “Artists”.]

“We'll ask them questions,”

[Uninteresting ones, but at least you’re asking, right?]

“ have them share some work.”

[At least TWO pictures in some cases!]

“We'll call it The Creatives, in honor of our "Best of" theme, superheroes.”

[How about you come up with better arts coverage, instead of catchy titles? Just sayin’]

“Honestly, folks, it was that simple.”

[Like your editor and Martin Cizmar]

“and We started tossing up the profiles as soon as we heard back from the artists, with no regard (really!) for order or anything more than putting someone interesting up every day.” [100 days of coverage? Wow. You guys must have sold a lot of strip club ads to pay for that.]

“Turns out, that was the easy part”.

[Going to strip clubs? Well of course that’s the easy part.]

“At first, we weren't sure it would work. 100 -- that's a big number.”

[We didn’t even know we could count that high.]

“We thought we might run out.”

[Of incompetence?]

“No way.”

[That was too easy, methinks.]

“As we end this project, we realize -- in all sincerity -- that we could easily keep going. 1000 Creatives? Has a nice ring to it.”

[1000 Creatives? I seriously doubt that many of us would tolerate you.]

“But like all good things, this project is coming to an end -- to make way for more.”

[Mediocrity.]

“Oh yeah, you want to know who No. 1 is, don'tcha?”

[Well we already know whose full of No. 2….]

1: YOU. Er, Phoenix, really.

[Let me guess- you’ll talk to us as long as a sexier city doesn’t come along?]

“At the risk of being corny (and with a nod to TIME magazine),”

[Well at least you’re cribbing from a good magazine.]

“ there's no way No. 1 could be anyone else.”

[We can’t afford to move just yet.]

“Truth is, we may have set ourselves up by counting down, but we're no VH1.”

[True! You’re more like MTV after they canceled Total Request Live.]

And one thing we've learned from running a culture blog for four months is that we've got no shortage of material.”

[It’s not any good, but we have “limited space”]

“We've found evidence of creativity every day, and not just as part of The Creatives.”

[That’s what happens when you actually pay attention!]

“You're pretty cool, Phoenix. And we're really lucky.”

[And we’re lucky that you’re free, because charging for this crap seems like a hate crime.]

“Below are 100 Creatives, you included.”

[I can honestly say that is not the case- but I’m just SURE you’ll call, right?]

“Above is a new project we're kicking off, a series of limited edition Jackalope stickers designed by some more pretty damn creative people around town.”

[If only you were limited edition.]

“You can find us downtown for this First Friday, handing a few of them out. Grab 'em, collect 'em, share 'em, stick 'em wherever.”

[I’ve got a few ideas.]

“(We won't tell.)”

{You don’t have to- we already know.]

“It's been real, it's been creative ... it's even been real creative. And now it's your turn to show us what else you've got.”

[That would be talent- I can see why it confuses and enrages you.]

Respectfully,Wayne Michael Reich

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