We are our own audience.


In the summer of 2016, Imani Ellis invited ten friends to come over and share what projects they were working on in her one-bedroom Harlem apartment. On that night, The Creative Collective NYC™ was born.

The functions became monthly meet-ups with turnouts that quickly grew from small groups to crowds of up to 50+ people all crammed in a living room. The raw energy was unmatched and demand rapidly outgrew apartment meet-ups. 

Since then, The Creative Collective NYC™ (TheCCnyc) has parlayed into the fastest growing underground communities dedicated to creatives of color, who are looking for meaningful connections and support.  

We believe in real-life connections and know that amazing things happen when inspired creatives get in a room.

Since launch in June 2016, TheCCnyc has facilitated over 70 events, partnering with both brands and inspiring creatives. 

Members of TheCCnyc are presented diverse program offerings---from Night School, member-taught workshops dedicated to teaching tangible skills (from how to make avocado toast, create graphics in Photoshop, to how to set up a business model) to #CultureCon, an annual ideas conference hosted by TheCCnyc and filled to the brim with incredible creatives shifting culture. Past speakers include Spike Lee, Nick Cannon, John Legend and more. 

From speaker series with Olympians and Fortune 500 CEOs to fireside chats dedicated to the millennial perspective, members of TheCCnyc are invited to sit front row to a variety of new-age activations.