Looking for creative communities to get involved in Buffalo NY?
Here at Create it Collective, we’re huge on the ‘Community over Competition’ motto. We’re all just trying to find what sparks joy, get creative, and ultimately do what we love and create a life that we’re stoked about.
Why join a creative community?
Joining a local creative community definitely has its benefits. You get to meet awesome like-minded creatives, get inspired, stay motivated, learn from others, create friendships, and get support from people who just ‘get it’.
Depending on what your interests are, there are quite a few local options that you can take advantage of.
Here are some of our favorites:
Rising Tide Society:
This is a world-wide creative community, but they have local chapters that host in-person meetups, commonly referred to as Tuesdays Together.
You can join the local Buffalo Rising Tide Society Facebook group for specific local events and meetups.
- Female Creative Business Owners
- Creators of all levels
Buffalo Boss Babes:
Buffalo Boss Babes started off as a blog + social media feed to inspire and feature women in Buffalo, NY. They’ve recently expanded to hosting meetup events, and this past year they held their first retreat.
- Female Business Owners
Solis is a bi-monthly pop-up event created at the intersection of art, business, and entertainment.
Each meetup, creatives get together to design and bring installations to life. Their multi-sensory sets include professionally styled models, specifically curated backdrops, specialty vendors, and more.
And the coolest part is that for the second half of the event, the installation sets are opened up to everyone in attendance to step up and have their photo taken and become a part of Solis!
- Makeup Artists
- Photographers of all levels
Scottiebe Shootouts is a meet-up of photographers of all levels. Each shootout focuses on one or more styled shoots with curated couples/models to help photographers curate visual magic from their own perspective.
But these meetups are more than just “getting the shot.” They were put together to help like-minded creatives connect with each other, help each other, and learn from each other.
- Photographers of all levels
Learn more about Scottiebe photography community & shootouts by signing up to be notified of upcoming events. (and check out the images from past shootouts while you’re there!)
Buffalo Creative Collaborative
The Buffalo Creative Collaborative is a community of like-minded individuals who are passionate about the spirit of collaboration and welcoming to all brands of creatives.
Whether you’re a blogger, an aspiring photographer, a marketing professional, an adult coloring book connoisseur, or an individual simply looking to expand your creative network, check out this creative community!
- Creatives of all kinds
- Creatives of all levels
Buffalo & Rochester Indie Weddings
Buffalo & Rochester Indie Weddings is a membership organization that connects the most creative couples in WNY to the best, more unique local wedding pros.
They offer three different levels of annual memberships to tailor to a variety of different businesses and their needs. As a member, other than the promotions they provide for their members, there are so many ways to connect, collaborate and grow within the community.
Inside their Facebook members group, you can connect with anyone in the organization for advice, collaboration or referrals. They ALSO provide live Q & A’s with other industry pros and will begin offering webinars and free resources for small wedding businesses in 2020.
- Local, creative wedding professionals
- Small businesses owners