Creative Community ~ Charlotte Hajer

Charlotte Hajer Charlotte Hajer is the executive director of the Sonoma Community Center.


The commodification of creativity

Posted on January 19, 2023
The commodification of creativity

For the past ten years or so, I’ve been baking sourdough bread. Every day I faithfully feed my starter, and every Saturday I use... Continue

Life affirming… and a little bit scary

Posted on October 15, 2022

One great way to boost our collective creativity as a community is to revel in the rich cultural diversity and creativity that already... Continue

Creativity and discomfort

Posted on September 15, 2022

I’ve mostly been writing here about creativity as a positive thing. I’ve explored how making something (or being creative in other... Continue

When is a piece of art not a craft?

Posted on August 16, 2022

What’s the difference between art and craft? Between an artist and an artisan? This is a distinction that I’d never given much... Continue

What is a Muse?

Posted on July 21, 2022

At the Community Center, we’re in the midst of planning our annual MUSE gala – and it’s gotten me to thinking about this notion... Continue

Bringing the play 

Posted on June 18, 2022

I began to play the violin when I was seven – but I often say it really started when I was nine. That’s when I switched to a new... Continue

Creativity as/in/through discipline

Posted on May 15, 2022

You may know Simon Blattner as a businessman or the consummate community volunteer, but he is also a handmade papermaker. He came to... Continue

How does the mind relate to the body?

Posted on April 17, 2022
How does the mind relate to the body?

  After insisting that they were separate entities for at least several millennia, it seems like Western culture is finally coming... Continue

Trash art

Posted on March 17, 2022
Trash art

You might think there’s nothing less creative than trash. But maybe you haven’t yet met Marie Kneemeyer, the Public Education... Continue

Hi, my name is Charlotte, and I’m not creative

Posted on February 17, 2022
Hi, my name is Charlotte, and I’m not creative

I like to knit, but I always need a pattern. I play the violin, but always to sheet music: I’m horrible at improvising. And I like... Continue

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