Break it Down | Make it Better 2018
106 Division Ave S, Grand Rapids, MI 49503, USA
This year’s Break it Down | Make it Better was designed for you, by you. We have listened to your feedback and are putting together a day of captivating conversation about being an artist in 2018. From Advocating for City Investment in the Arts to Building an Arts Based Business, conversation topics were submitted by West Michigan artists, curators, art educators, venue coordinators and creative professionals.
Our day will include:
The Keynote Panel - The Civic Life of an Artist | The Creative Life of the City
27 Sessions - including Roundtable Discussions, Workshops and Panels - Schedule announced on February 1st.
Light breakfast and lunch from El Granjero - included in registration cost
Featured Panelists: The Civic Life of an Artist | The Creative Life of the City
Moderated by Jeffrey Augustine Songco
Patricia Villalobos Echeverría - Artist, Professor of Art at Western Michigan University
Stacy Stout - Assistant to the City Manager of Grand Rapids
Zach Meers - Artist, Blight Abatement Artist Residency Program Manager for the City of Detroit
Sarah Gonzales Triplett - Chair of the Arts Council of Greater Lansing, Director of Public Policy and Advocacy at Creative Many Michigan
Joshua Solas - Kendall College of Art and Design, Illustration and Graphic Design Student
Workshops, Presentations and Roundtable Themes Include:
Advocating for City Investment in the Arts ● The Future of Art In Neighborhoods ● Working in Diverse Neighborhoods ● The Role of the Arts in Raising Civically Active Youth ● Utilizing City Budgets to Fund Public Art- A Detroit Perspective ● The Creative’s Role in Designing Cities & Neighborhoods ● Building Relationships between Artist Run Spaces & Arts Institutions ● Artists Opportunities within the City of Grand Rapids ● Applying for Public Artwork and Events in Grand Rapids ● Is your City Zoning Pro Artist? ● The Intersection of Social Justice, Advocacy and the Arts ● Arts Advocacy in Michigan ● Using Your Privilege to Advocate for Inclusion ● Tearing Down Sexual Harassment in the Arts ● Artist as Organizer ● Collaborating Across Cities ● Demystifing State Funding for the Arts ● Artspace Start-up: Art Sales & Alternative Incomes ● Intentional Design Practices ● Get Connected: Michigan Arts Education Policy ● Designing for Inclusion ● Mapping Success: Personal and City Tactics for Growing Arts Careers ● Performance, Presence and Empathy in Activist Art ● Building an Arts Based Business ● Writing about Art/Criticism ● Telling your Story to Build an Audience
Facilitators include Independent Artists and Representatives from:
City of Grand Rapids ● City of Detroit ● Creative Many ● Grand Valley State University ● Western Michigan University ● Grand Rapids Youth Council ● City of Detroit ● Kendall College of Art and Design of Ferris State University ● Commonplace ● Creative Many ● Artist Creating Together ● Burly Mermaid ● Dwelling Place ● Michigan Council of Art and Cultural Affairs ● Lions & Rabbits ● Urban Institute for Contemporary Art ● DisArt ● Little Space Studio ● Knit IT! ● The Oddest ● The Moon
Break it Down | Make it Better is a series of events aimed at producing educational programming, discussions and professional development opportunities for artists, curators and venue coordinators in the West Michigan community and region. These programs are presented through an ongoing partnership with the Dwelling Place/ Avenue for the Arts, Creative Many Michigan, and ArtPrize.
$20 Early Bird Day Pass : January 16 - January 31st, 2018
$30 Day Pass : February 1st- 20th, 2018
$45 Day of Pass : February 23rd, 2018
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