Break It Down | Make It Better 2021

For the 6th Break It Down | Make It Better, we’re going virtual! This year’s event will kick off on March 11th and be reinterpreted as four weekly online talks. Sessions will begin at 7pm every Thursday in March 11–April 1.
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March 11Striving and Thriving During COVID-19

A panel of regional artists and creative business owners respond to how they are innovating in the face of COVID-19.

Panelists:
Jennifer Bastian, Communication Madison
Brianna Lynn Hernández Baurichter, Madison-based fine artist
Eirann Betka-Pope, Funny Girls, Betka-Pope Productions

March 18Reinvigorating Local Arts Journalism

A panel discussion of local and regional arts journalists discussing strategies and successes around giving local art the attention it deserves.

Panelists:
Christina Nafziger, Sixty Inches From Center (Chicago)
TBA

March 25State of the Art: Grand Rapids

A panel discussion of arts leaders speaking on the current state of art affairs in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Together they will explore what is working in Grand Rapids and where artists can invest time, energy, and funds to make the city better for creatives of all stripes. Questions for the panel will be gathered from the audience during the Week 1, 2, and 3 sessions.

Panelists:
Steffanie Rosalez, Chief Executive Officer of Grandville Avenue Arts & Humanities
Paul Amenta, founder of SiTE:LAB
Michele Bosak, Director of Curatorial at UICA

April 1Creating Work In a Time of Transformative Justice

A panel discussion focusing on how artists in Grand Rapids and beyond have used their work to advocate for racial justice.

Panelists to be announced shortly.

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