Omaha is part of the global CreativeMornings community. This monthly breakfast lecture series is designed to highlight our creative community and adds to Omaha’s strong arts and culture scene and growing reputation.
June’s theme is Survival. Stories of survival resonate because they remind us of our inherent power to adapt and change. A choice is always present, and survival is about choosing to move forward. Registration opens June 5. Everyone is creative. Everyone is welcome.
After our May event featuring Katie Kemerling, we caught up with attendee Dylan Baumann.
By JoAnna LeFlore
Hometown:Hickman, Nebraska | Creative Talent: Web Development, Cooking and Problem Solving
Dylan Baumann is great at high-fiving. But he is also pretty good at being an overall good human being as we witnessed at the CreativeMornings session in May. We had so much fun getting to know this guy that we wanted to make sure we shared him with the rest of the world, too.
What are some of your hobbies?
I suffer from ‘brief, but fleeting interests’ and have way too many hobbies which only last for a weekend or two. My long-running interests include cooking, video games, bicycling, and hiking.
We are a community who has committed to ‘Not Coast.’ How do you help to push our community forward/what causes do you advocate for and participate in?
I used to volunteer with local organizations which helped foster a welcoming environment for those in the creative industry such as AAF Omaha and spent time as a board member with AIGA Nebraska. In recent years I have mainly focused on helping students and recent graduates in graphic design, providing professional development and portfolio critiques to upcoming local talent.
I do my best to advocate for better personal and public transportation options and more home cooking.
What is your creative passion?
Oh man, definitely problem solving. I find it absolutely fascinating to learn about why solutions are created, how that conclusion was reached, and which problems the solutions fix.
Have you attended a CreativeMornings session in another city in the past?
I have not! I’ve watched most of the videos from cities around the world, but I’m glad to finally attend them in person.
Describe your favorite moment of today’s CreativeMornings presentation?
Watching ideas ‘click’ within the crowd. There were a few times throughout Katie’s presentation where her insight sets off a few waves of ‘ooo’s and ‘ahhh’s in the crowd and that’s the kind of thing that I love.
How are you motivated to express your creativity?
I make a lot of short-lived, stupid things. Whether it’s spending a week cultivating a sourdough only to have it turn out terribly or hooking up a raspberry pi to give me weather reports every morning, I enjoy running with creativity and making something with it. I used to sit on my ideas, collecting them and not taking action, but through silly projects I’m able to try new things without repercussions or expectations.
How important is being a part of a creative community to you?
Having a supportive creative community is hands-down one of the most important things you can possibly have in your career. They’re an amazing soundboard for your ideas, provide insight into technologies you haven’t been able to try yet, unposted job opportunities, and most of them will become your close friends.
In your opinion, how should we celebrate one another’s uniqueness?
Embrace the crap out of it. There’s no way we’ll be able to solve all of the problems unless we approach them from every angle, something you can only achieve if you allow people from diverse backgrounds and interests to be involved.
What might you look forward to by attending CreativeMornings lectures?
I’m excited to become friends with people who I might not have ever run into, hear more stories, and expand my understanding of how the world works.
Who is your favorite cultural leader and/or artist of all time?
Oof, that’s a tough one. I looove Noelle Stevenson’s work. I learned about her through her webcomic Nimona and later found out she illustrated covers for books such as Fangirl, To Be Or Not To Be, and Romeo and/or Juliet. If you’re looking for a kick-butt, radical human, she’s your person.
If you want to learn more or connect with Dylan, visit him at: dylanbaumann.com.