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.
After our March event featuring Frank O’Neal, we caught up with attendee Matthew Holt, a graphic designer and front-end web developer.
By JoAnna LeFlore
CreativeMornings veteran, Matthew Holt, has just moved to Nebraska by way of Minneapolis, Minnesota, where he frequently attended CreativeMorning sessions. We’re so thrilled that he chose us as his new home! While we typically pick our community features at random, we want you to know that we did not choose Matt simply because of his history of attending these events. We chose him based on his desire to show up and be awesome. Find out what this guy is up to and how he plans to change the world through his creative spirit.
What brought you to Nebraska? Initially, I moved down here for an internship that transitioned into a full-time position. During this time, I was able to get plugged into many of the causes and organization that I helped and volunteered with. Long story short, I moved here for a job and stayed here for the amazing community (and the coffee)!
What are some of your hobbies? Playing Overwatch with friends, exploring with friends, checking out new coffee shops and beating my friends at Swarm.
What causes do you advocate for and participate in? I love to be active in as many causes and organizations as I can! Currently, I volunteer with Forward Free (PTSD & Veterans), Nextgen (Preparing college students to be the next generation of leadership), Wordcamp Omaha (Open source – WordPress Community Event) and 1 Million Cups Lincoln (Education + Community for entrepreneurs and startups).
What is your creative passion? My creative passion is to help others recognize the value of “good” design, marketing and development. I do this by making it accessible to others either by volunteering, informing and explaining concepts and ideas.
How are you motivated to express your creativity? Through my work! As a designer, I am consistently presented with problems to solve. Everything from visual problems to experiential + spatial problems. No one solution will work to solve every problem, so I need to continually look for new and exciting ways to solve these problems. When I see a problem, I get the itch to solve it.
How important is being part of a creative community to you? It motivates me to be more creative. It’s also inspiring to see what other people are doing and the potential to riff or collaborate together!
In your opinion, how should we celebrate one another’s uniqueness? The biggest way to celebrate each other’s uniqueness is by listening. You might not share the same background, beliefs or culture but taking the time to respectfully listen can speak volumes to others. Seeking to understand where others are coming from by listening to their stories and experience is how I celebrate uniqueness. We’re all people, yet we are all vastly different!
What might you look forward to by attending CreativeMorning lectures? I look forward to seeing how others express their creativity in unique ways. Especially those who aren’t necessarily in a creative industry or role.
Who is your favorite cultural leader and/or artist of all time? There are sooo many to choose just one. The first one that comes to mind is Hayao Miyazaki. As a literal filmmaker/artist, he has done an amazing job of communicating Asian culture to a western audience, and telling western tales in ways an eastern audience can easily digest and understand. Beyond the east/west transition, he continually addresses issues of environmentalism, feminism and war.
If you want to keep up with Matt’s creative endeavors, find him online at: