The keynote panel “State of the Arts – GR” opens up the day, giving space to talk about the creative future of our community. We are going to dig into what is working in Grand Rapids and where we invest time, energy and – sometimes funds – to make GR better for artists and creativity.
Jenn Schaub (moderator): Co-director of Community Building & Engagement at Dwelling Place, Artist
Natalie Wetzel : Art Director, Artist, KCAD Professor, Co-director of The Moon
Kyd Kane : Founder and CEO of Kyd Kane Poetry
Tommy Allen: Rapid Growth Media Publisher, Artist, Longtime Community Advocate
Stephen Smith, M.ed : Owner of Muse GR, GRPS Teacher
Discussions Include: Finding & Applying for Opportunities, • Future of Creativity • Local Grant Info Session • Legal Roundtable • Marketing through Digital Tools • Glowing Up After Graduation • Teach What You Know • Authentic Community Dialogue • Collective Creativity •Making Money • Get a Second Date with a Curator
The afternoon will conclude with a networking happy hour complete with hors d’oeuvres and music by DJ Joe Moon of Vinyl Fetish.
Break it Down | Make it Better Schedule
12:30 PM: Doors
1:00–2:00 PM: Keynote Panel: State of the Arts — GR
2:15–3:15 PM: Breakout Session I: roundtables, presentations, workshops
3:30–4:30 PM: Breakout Session 2: roundtables, presentations, workshops
4:30–5:30 PM: Networking happy hour with DJ Joe Moon