Break it Down | Make it Better 2020 was a half-day skill-building conference taking place on February 21st from 12:30–5:30 p.m. at Little Space Studio. The afternoon kicked off with a keynote panel about the state of the creative community in Grand Rapids where we discussed how we can grow stronger together.
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
Following the panel were two breakout discussions. These aimed to help attendees gain needed skills and knowledge, giving them the opportunity to select from roundtables, panels and workshops from the following topics:
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 concluded with a networking happy hour complete with hors d’oeuvres and music by DJ Joe Moon of Vinyl Fetish.