ManekiNeko Creativity Event
experience art with a difference
unleash your creativity in a fun event
“Creativity is the most crucial factor for future success.”
2010 IBM CEO study
Why business needs art?
Artistic works activate different parts of the brain and open up the creativity in people. It brings new ideas, perspectives and experiences which lead to innovation, problem solving, openness to embrace diversity and unknown, try out something new and change.
This business-art workshop brings the participants out of their daily routine, give the room for experimentation and inspiration in keeping the link to your business environment. The group reflect reflect on the given topic from a new and unusual angle.
What to expect?
Participants can unleash their creativity in a joyful and inspiring way by creating individually their own ManekiNeko artwork within a group. All artworks will be put together to create the ‘Artwork of the Artworks’.
An event that enables people to express their own creativity in a safe environment. Common tools will be provided to all participants.
An Event that pushes us over our own mental limits that breaks down barriers and open up new thinking and possibilities
No artistic skills required.
- Unleash creativity
- Open curiosity
- Try out something new
- Self reflection
- Driver for problem solving
- Risk taking
- Build confidence
- Team bonding
- Lasting effect
The ideal activity for
- All ages
- Cross cultural environment
- Team building and bonding exercise
- Out of the Box Thinking
- Conference breakout session
- Evening fun at seminar
- Staff parties
- Kick-off presentation
- Participants create their own artwork
- Share your experience
- “Artwork of the Artworks”
- Photo shooting
Duration: 2 hours
“Art is a language that all people speak that cut across racial, cultural, social, educational and economic barriers and enhance cultural appreciation and awareness.”
Dee Dickinson: Why are the arts important? School of Education, Johns Hopkins University.
Your event host: Uwe Juergen Bauer
Uwe was born in 1964 in the Black-Forest in Germany. He worked for 30 years in leading positions in various companies and lived in Germany, US, Hong Kong and Singapore. In 2015 he moved with his wife to Berlin and is splitting his time between painting, ManekiNeko creativity events and his consultancy business in the solar industry. He is a self-taught artist and entrepreneur who holds two MBAs in State Economics and Organisation and Planning.
In 2013 Uwe discovered the Arts and started painting. He is constantly exploring different styles and techniques whereas his main drive is to share his joy with people around him. His favorite medium is acrylic on canvas and pop art is his favorite painting style. His passion for cats gave him the inspiration for his first painting. “my ManekiNeko story”, 25 ManekiNeko or lucky cats representing different stages and facets of his life. The creative process was so insightful that he wishes to inspire everyone to create a ManekiNeko for themselves. As the saying goes: “Shared joy is a doubled joy”. Uwe organized the first ManekiNeko creativity in 2013 which brought so much joy, creativity and sharing among all participants that the idea of a ManekiNeko website was born.
ManekiNeko is a common Japanese lucky charm depicting a cat who is beckoning with an upright paw. It means literally ‘the cat who invites’. Traditionally based on their colours, they invite good luck, friendship and bring protection. Uwe got inspired by the joy, fun and take-away from the seriousness of life that they depict. ManekiNeko became the model for his latest paintings. His intention is to bring more joy and beauty in every day’s life.
“Since I have started painting, life became more vibrant and colourful. My intention is to demystify the relationship with the Arts, spread joy through my paintings and bring people together at a Creativity Event.”
Uwe Juergen Bauer
Chief Joy Officer
uwe (at!) ManekiNeko4u(dot)com