Tai Odunsi, swinging in Prospect Park. © Tony Gale
Taiwo (Tai) Odunsi, Ambassador of Creativity
Tai is a painter, author, graphic designer, thinker, leader, friend, mountain biker, cook, lover, philosopher, and visionary. His abundance of creative energy is matched by a boundless enthusiasm for life and for his fellow humans. Not content simply to be creative himself, Tai has made creativity a mission, spreading its gospel far and wide — and sharing its wonders with those lucky enough to know him.
Tai has written two books: The first, Collabetition, is a treatise on the creative process, examining the component elements of creativity and guiding readers to expand their creative powers. His recently completed The Land of Intuit and the Quest for the Book of Destiny is a sweeping novel set in a parallel world. When three children appear in that world, they must save it from the brink of chaos. The hero of the novel, Jack Artizan, has more than a little Tai in him — a resourceful kid from Brooklyn who learns to follow his heart.
Nominated and described by Mike Mermin