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Creativity is a chain reaction.

One person's passion sparks another person's new idea, which sparks another.

"That's how creativity works," Brooke Matson says. "It's sort of contagious."

Brooke is director of programs at the Spark Central in Spokane, a nonprofit learning space that cultivates creativity and connections, teaching and learning. Like STCU, the Spark Central is a cooperative of people investing in one another.

Brooke welcomes residents inside, where they'll find books, a stage, computers, crayons - and an evolving collection of people who make up its "human library." They're other residents, happy to share their own skills and passions.

Some are poets, like Brooke. Others have their own passions - travel, music, food.

Maybe what you learn from them sparks your next big idea. Spark Central is all about nurturing those connections - those illuminating moments - and allowing them to grow into something new.

"Learning should be joyful," Brooke says. "I've always believed that. And what we do here is joyful."

"That's how creativity works," Brooke Matson says. "It's sort of contagious."

Photo of Brooke Matson at Spark CentralPhoto of a photo collage on the wall of Spark Central