Arts, Culture, and Humanities


Relax, Refresh, Regroup

aka Kalien Retreat

Dunedin, FL


Creative Community, Inc exists to provide spaces, experiences, mentors, and gatherings for gifted artists and leaders to discover, develop and discipline their dreams through refreshment, encouragement and diffusion of ideas.

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Principal Officer

Randy Elrod

Main Address

1429 San Mateo Drive

Dunedin, FL 34698 USA


arts, retreat, mentors, creativity, proteges, leadership, solitude, rest, relax, refresh, regroup





Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Arts, Cultural Organizations - Multipurpose (A20)

Other Recreation, Sports, or Leisure Activities N.E.C. (N99)

Leadership Development (W70)

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re:create Conferences

re:Quest (A Rite of Passage for the Second Half of Life)

48 Hours of Solitude

A Walk In The Woods

Artist Cabin

Kalien Retreat

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Number of people utilizing our retreat and experiences.

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People who have attended a gathering or experienced lodging at Kalien Retreat.

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We aim to assist and scholarship young aspiring artists, creatives, and others—providing refreshment, encouragement, and diffusion of ideas through successful real-world artistic mentors. We gather creatives from around the world each year in Nashville, TN and also in regional areas across the United States. Our goal is to sponsor in full 35 worthy people for a stay at Kalien Retreat in 2019. We would like to grow this number by 20% over the next five years.

We are soliciting donations from corporate partners. We have already received partnership monies from the Dell Foundation, HCA, CCLI, Liberty Mutual, and individuals. These donations provide scholarships for deserving young artists.

Our company's CEO/Founder Randy Elrod and the artists he has mentored over a thirty year successful career as a musician is the driving force behind our vision. The corporate sponsors we continue to gather also empower and equip us for continued and long-term growth. Our networks and partnerships with record labels and celebrity artists who are willing to serve as mentors enable us to provide world-class training for young upcoming artists. We now have a 54-acre retreat with a beautiful cabin for stays.

Our company's growth and effectiveness can be charted by the numbers of scholar/artists to our retreat, the number of professional artists who serve as mentors, our global reach, the number of corporate and personal sponsors who provide financial donations, and the number of scholarships we award annually for refreshment, relaxation, restoration, and creative work, and small-group mentorship opportunities.

We have attained recent progress toward our long-term goals. Companies such as Dell, HCA, Liberty Mutual, and CCLI have joined us as financial partners. We have awarded over 225 scholarships to Creative Community conferences and small group mentorship opportunities. Our gatherings for creatives have grown from 35 registrants in 1999 to over 170. We attracted conferees from around the world from countries as diverse as Indonesia, U.K., Egypt, Canada, and Peru. We have learned to provide partial scholarships for older artists so that they have "skin in the game," and our full scholarships now go to third world artists and full-time students. Working with artists always comes with risks. Many are unpredictable, procrastinators, highly opinionated, and lone rangers, so a working knowledge within our board provides stability dealing and mentoring with this unique niche of individuals that our world so desperately needs.

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National Wildlife Federation 2017




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