We met Tara Shupe of Wild Creatives on a chance encounter. Wandering around the Crossroads District in Kansas City during First Fridays, we were on our way to cover some bands at Middle of The Map Fest. Tara and her husband (and their adorable puppy) were manning a booth on the sidewalk, and their incredible typography and art caught our eye. Immediately floored, we exchanged information in hopes that we could talk more about the Wild Creatives movement.
Fast forward a little bit, and we’ve learned more about their sunset excursions, and the movement to get people out and about and having fun in the world around them. We are getting extremely excited for this week’s Under the Stars event. Check out all the details below, and join us for a night of adventure in the midwest!
MOSHERY: Give us an idea of what the purpose of Wild Creatives is, and a bit on the history.
Tara Shupe: When I first started developing ideas around Wild Creatives, I wasn’t sure the exact direction it would go, but I knew I wanted the core of it to revolve around: adventure, creativity and community. I wanted to inspire our community to get out and find adventure no matter where they’re located on a map and to try new things while they’re at it!
M: How long have you been hosting camping events and sunset adventures?
Tara: We had our first “test” Sunset Adventure a year ago this month, which was before we’d fully launched our website in December 2015. We then had our first larger event in February 2016 and It was a Couple’s Sunset Adventure for Valentine’s Day, we ended up selling out and making the front page of the Kansas City Star.
M: That’ amazing! What do you want people to take from the events you host?
Tara: We want people to feel inspired to create their own adventures even in their day to day lives.
M: How has Wild Creatives changed you since its inception?
Tara: It has challenged me to ask myself a lot of questions, collaborate more and seek out new adventures with new friends. The connections that have been made through Wild Creatives have been amazing and I really don’t believe would have happened without it.
For example, I met a girl on Instagram and noticed we both liked adventures and picnics, (Let’s Picnic KC) and now we’re headed to Iceland this fall to plan some epic Wild Creatives adventures. Then there’s Carrie, with Carrie Makes who did all our branding and has become a huge foundation in bringing our visuals to life.
M: What have been some of your favorite places to go with like-minded creatives?
Tara: I love anything outdoors, find me a spot in the grass or on a hiking trail and I’m happy, but some of my more recent favorite KC spots are: James A. Reed Wild Life Area, Burr Oaks in Blue Springs, Smithville Lake and ROKC Rock Climbing gym.
M: What can we look forward to in Louisburg on Friday?
Tara: A relaxed at your own pace type of “adventure” with a picnic from, (Let’s Picnic KC) a ticket to the Powell Observatory, cold brew coffee and long exposure photography demo/play time.
A ticket will include:
- Night Picnic (serves one)
- Adventure enamel mug
- Endless cold brew coffee (via PT’s Coffee)
- Ticket to the Powell Observatory
- Long Exposure demo/photo play time
Meredith has spent her life pin balling across America. She is often referred to as an entrepreneur, photographer, writer, and multi-media maven. She would label herself “butcher,” “baker,” and “candlestick maker.” (Hint: One of these is not true.) She is currently trying to find the perfect design for the DIY ukulele her twin gave her for Christmas. You can find her random musings on Twitter and Instagram.