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We have a new website up finally!  See for info on upcoming events.  

Dance through the pandemic with 

Creativity Alive. Live music at many events.

See upcoming events on the new website for details >>

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     Indoor and online options coming for the winter.

One-on-Ones with Merlyn - Cultivating Your Creativity:  For those creatives who wish to find their way back into, or more deeply into, their creative flow as a way of navigating these crazy times. An opportunity to work with the founder of Creativity Alive, Merlyn Holmes, one-on-one, or in small groups. Based on Merlyn's Creative Living Embodied Arts Training program (CLEAT). Contact Merlyn directly >>

2020 Vision: New Eyes, New World

2020 Vision Initiative has been underway in the schools since Fall 2019 with > 250 students and dozens of community artists.  Cool new eyes are emerging... 

  • Follow our new Instagram to witness and participate as this movement unfolds with twice daily posts. Message us your New Eyes, for inclusion!

  • Check out our web gallery now with the first art. 

Note from the founder on Coronavirus and this new world

My heart goes out to all you kindred spirits, and our nation and the world, as we struggle with the multiple crises we find ourselves in, across the realms of health as well now as economic, social, political, environmental, inter-personal and intra-personal relations and education & parenting.  This is, indeed, a time of deep challenge.

    After initial attempts to move our in-person events designed to "Inspire Creativity and Build Community" online, I feel a deep call to stop trying to fit round pegs into square holes.  I need to step back, even further, to re-source and re-envision what truly and organically will serve in these times.

    Now in the summertime, while virus numbers are low in our community, I feel many of our strong desires to gather and create and dance -- safely. So we are offering a number of things, outdoors in our beautiful environs, with that chief in mind.

    I think these, like gardening, serve both to reap the sheer pleasure and nourishment from this garden-in-the moment, and also to sow the seeds for what we will need to sustain through winter. 

    I am sitting deeply with thoughts of winter and planning for the ways we can maintain deep and nourishing connections, to our own sources of creativity and spirit and to each other, regardless of what this pandemic may bring. 

    I realize more than ever, this is a time for us to both deepen into aloneness and develop our innermost connection to source as well as to come together and be creative in finding ways to maintain a safe physical distance, while developing new ways of Inspiring Creativity and Building Community.

    And it's a time to tend our hearts, to find the ways we can truly grieve without being overwhelmed and truly increase our capacity for joy.

     "Creativity is intelligence having fun." Let's figure this out!

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    And subscribe to our new YouTube Channel and new Instagram for new and free offerings as well.

With love and deep concern,

Merlyn Holmes,

Founder and Vision Keeper of Creativity Alive

Donations are v welcome to help keep Creativity Alive afloat through this pandemic.  

      Be part of our effort to Inspire Creativity and Build Community.


YES!  Black Lives Matter.

In the News:

3 Picks of the Day in a Row by the Daily Camera

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In the News,

from before

this pandemic

See a perfectly Mmmwhahsome street

mural in Boulder's Melody Catalpa neighborhood! 

Bike or walk by 16th x Kalmia to see for yourself.

  • Channel 8 TV "Inside Boulder News: "Paint the Pavement"

  • Daily Camera: "Melody Catalpa Mural Builds Community"

  • KGNU Radio: “Neighborhood Creates Street Mural as Functional Art” 

Transformation of the Bustop:


"...I am impressed by Merlyn and the Mmmwhah team not only for the quality of their events but also for the diversity of participants. The event I attended in person had an audience that reflected diversity of age and race beyond many Boulder events. The organic nature of the connection between participants was a tangible fulfillment of the goals of our grant program. Mmmwhah is clearly filling a need for people of all kinds to share space in artistic expression and mindfulness."

Brenda Ritenour
Neighborhood Liaison

Our Mission

To inspire creativity and build community.

Creativity Alive / Mmmwhah! is an interdisciplinary arts organization that provides largely improvisation-based experiences, classes, workshops, and performances integrating movement, music, and art to inspire creativity and build community.

      We teach and practice mindfulness and authentic expression through deep listening, seeing, sensing, and tuning in to each other in each moment to create collaborative compositions together.

     We expand, deepen, and strengthen our capacity to stay in the creative flow -- individually and collectively -- so we can live, breathe, sing, and dance the transformation that the world needs.

WHY Mmmwhah?

  • To inspire the muses.  In all of us.  |  To keep our creative flows open.

  • To nourish ourselves.  |  And our muses.

  • To create a tighter weave at the grassroots level:  friends, neighbors, community.  |  Kindred spirits.

  • So we can rise to and sustain the level of engagement being called for in these times.

                                 |   And live our lives to the fullest.

Let's fill this place, and our lives, with Music, Movement,

Mindfulness -- whoa! and -- Art:   



Creativity   |   Mindfulness    |   Celebration


A Mmmwhahsome! Year: 2017-2018

A Mmmwhahsome! Year: 2017-2018
A Mmmwhahsome! Year: 2017-2018

A Mmmwhahsome! Year: 2017-2018

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Mmmwhah! Ensemble 2018

Mmmwhah! Ensemble 2018

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Mmmwhah in the Neighborhoods of Boulder, Colorado 2018

Mmmwhah in the Neighborhoods of Boulder, Colorado 2018

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Mmmwhah! Year in Review - 2017

Mmmwhah! Year in Review - 2017

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Mmmwhahsome Weekends, July 8-9 and 21-23, 2017

Mmmwhahsome Weekends, July 8-9 and 21-23, 2017

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Join us for Mmmwhah's Final KirtanArts of 2017

Join us for Mmmwhah's Final KirtanArts of 2017

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'Ready for the finale of the "Mmmwhahsom! Autumn" series?

'Ready for the finale of the "Mmmwhahsom! Autumn" series?

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JOIN US for some Mmmwhahsome! events

Join your friends in Mmmwhah! for
          Music & Movement Meditations (Mmms)
   Mmmwhah! Gatherings and Jams        Vocal Playshops
             Art Playshops                Performances
                       Art & Music & Movement Workshops
         Kirtan Arts
                                 Art & Activism
        And more

"The Planting" by Sandra Bierman

"By Merlyn Holmes

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