A supernova (pl. supernovae) is a stellar explosion. Supernovae are extremely luminous and cause a burst of radiation that often briefly outshines an entire galaxy, before fading from view over time. During this interval, a supernova can radiate as much energy as the Sun could emit over its life span. The explosion expels much or all of a star's material at a velocity of up to 30,000 km/s (a tenth the speed of light), driving a shock wave into the surrounding interstellar medium.
On average, supernovae occur about once every 50 years in a galaxy the size of the Milky Way. They play a significant role in enriching the interstellar medium with higher mass elements. Furthermore, the expanding shock waves from supernova explosions can trigger the formation of new stars.
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What fuels us to work the way we do—quickly, completely, exhaustively—is a self-imposed supernova date. On Decemebr 31, 2011, CreateHere will be no more. By design, the organization was developed with a specific timeline: a start-to-finish five-year project.
A definitive end to our work keeps us on our toes and helps us avoid institutional stagnation. What’s more, it pushes us to explore new methods of teaching and sharing: we believe in our programs, and want to see them live on beyond our own supernova date. As such, we graduate initiatives into the community. Among those that have successfully transferred are ArtsMove and Plugdin, both tools to attract and retain driven, creative individuals.
As the clock ticks on our organizational lifetime, we’re looking for partners who share our love for this place and our energy for community renewal.