May, 2019
An e-newsletter from Child Creativity Lab
Meet Child Creativity Lab's New CEO
Child Creativity Lab is delighted to welcome Cherylee "Lee" Shaar as our new CEO, effective May 1, 2019. A former CCL board member, Lee is an accomplished attorney, entrepreneur, and philanthropist dedicated to inspiring others to use their time, talent, and resources in creative and beneficial ways.

Lee began her legal career 20 years ago, when she practiced law in the areas of dependency and delinquency, advising troubled youth and families in crisis. Subsequently, Lee opened her own law office focusing on representing special needs children in their education matters.

The proud mom of three kids, Lee is also the Founder and Director of the Mariners Church Legal Ministry. She received a B.A. in Political Science from Colorado State University in 1994, and a J.D. from the University of Denver, College of Law in 1997.

"I'm delighted to begin this new phase of my professional career by joining Child Creativity Lab," explains Lee. "Like the children we serve, CCL has unlimited potential. I look forward to working with our board, staff, donors and other community members as we continue to expand CCL's reach and refine its mission."

Child Creativity Lab is also pleased to thank Acting Executive Director Kaitlyn Lam for "holding down the fort" since early December, 2018. Kaitlyn is a highly valued team member at CCL and will continue to work with us after May 1. Thank you, Kaitlyn, for your commitment to creativity!
Champions for Creativity Gala Information Now Available
CCL's 2019 Champions for Creativity Gala is set for Saturday, October 26 at the Hyatt Regency Newport Beach! Click here to view event information on our website, or download our information packet here .
Get Creative this Summer - Summer Camp Registration Now Open
Get creative this summer! Child Creativity Lab will offer two week-long summer camps in 2019, as follows:

Session 1: Monday, July 15 - Friday, July 19
Session 2: Monday, July 29 - Friday, August 2

Time: 9:00am - 3:30pm
Duration: 6.5 hours
Ages: 6-13
Cost: $350 per child
*Sibling Discount: $20 off for every additional sibling

For additional information or to sign-up, click here .
Open Studio Community Makerspace, Birthday Parties, and More
Interested in having your child participate in a Child Creativity Lab workshop or other activity? Several opportunities are available, including:

Open Studio Community Makerspace. Most Wednesday afternoons, the Child Creativity Lab is open for business from 2 to 4 p.m.! Spend 1 to 2 hours creating at our site near the 55 freeway and McFadden in Santa Ana. Cost is $8 per creator. Reservations required; please click here for more information and to sign up. 

Birthday parties at Child Creativity Lab are a great way to explore creativity while celebrating the birthday boy or girl! Cost is $400 and includes up to 15 children for 2 hours, cupcakes and bottled water. Please contact us at for more information.

Is your scout troop, home school co-op, or similar group interested in getting creative? Child Creativity Lab can customize an activity for your group, held on-site at CCL or off-site at a mutually agreeable community location. Cost varies based on how the activity is customized. For more information, please contact .
Creativity Is Not Just For Kids
Here are a few ways that your business or company can also engage with Child Creativity Lab:

Corporate Volunteer Opportunities
Child Creativity Lab can customize a volunteer opportunity which will provide a meaningful way for your team to encourage creativity in our community’s youth. 

Material Donations
Help us keep landfills free from perfectly usable materials! CCL relies on bulk materials donations from businesses and other community members for use in our educational projects.

Team Building Activities 
Child Creativity Lab can also work with your business or organization to create a team building activity for your employees or your employees and their families. Fees are determined based on the activities designed for your particular business or organization and any travel involved. 
Annual Champions for Creativity Gala & Awards
Child Creativity Lab also sponsors an annual gala, next planned for Saturday, October 26, 2019 at the Hyatt Regency Newport Beach (see article above for additional information).    
Corporate and Foundation Partnerships
Corporations, foundations and other organizations donating $2,500 or more receive special recognition for their gift of creativity.
For more details, please download our corporate engagement flyer here .
Learning from Leonardo
According to Time Magazine's "The Science of Creativity," Leonardo Da Vinci was not merely a genius. What set him apart from people who are merely extraordinarily smart was creativity: the ability to apply imagination to intellect.

Here are just a few lessons from the extraordinary life of Leonardo Da Vinci:

  • Be curious, relentlessly curious
  • Seek knowledge for its own sake
  • Retain a childlike sense of wonder
  • Observe
  • Start with the details
  • See things unseen
  • Go down rabbit holes
  • Get distracted
  • Respect facts
  • Think visually
  • Avoid thinking in silos
  • Allow time for ideas to marinate and intuition to gel
Creativity Club Launched

Child Creativity Lab was pleased to introduce dozens of families and community members to our new Creativity Club during our Launch Receptions on March 24 and April 14. Whether you attended one of these events or not, everyone is invited to join the Club with an annual gift of $100 or more.Learn more by downloading our flyer
here .
Give the Gift of Creativity Today!

 Did you know that the world’s business leaders named creativity as the most crucial factor for future success? 

Not hard work. Not discipline. Not even integrity or vision.  

In a 2010 IBM Global Survey of more than 1,500 CEOs from 60 countries and 33 industries worldwide, participants selected creativity as THE most important factor for success. Yet in America, creativity has declined steadily since 1990, with creativity programs in schools continuing to be a victim of budget cuts. 
It’s for precisely these reasons that Child Creativity Lab was formed: to provide young children in Orange County with opportunities to explore their capacity for creativity. In addition, we are committed to providing these opportunities to underserved youth in our community, with the majority of the youth we reach from this particular demographic. 

An investment in Child Creativity Lab is an investment in the future of our entire society. Your contribution – whether $10, $50, $100 or more – will help in so many ways. Here are just a few examples of what your gift might accomplish:  

·        $10 can put a STEAM education kit into the hands of a K-8 grade student
·        $50 can provide a hand-on STEAM-based educational workshop for five children
·        $100 can provide STEAM education kits for 10 children
·        $250 can sponsor a hands-on STEAM-based workshop for an entire class

Please consider giving the gift of creativity by making your contribution today!