Flashback 2021

For the 7th Break It Down | Make It Better, we went virtual! This year’s event kicked off on March 11th and was reinterpreted as three weekly online talks. Missed the conference? You can watch our March 11 session here.

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.

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.

Christina Nafziger, Sixty Inches From Center (Chicago)

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.

Steffanie Rosalez, CEO of Grandville Avenue Arts & Humanities
Michele Bosak, Director of Curatorial at UICA
Adrian Butler, Grand Rapids based DJ, Designer, and Musician
Hannah Berry, Executive Director of Lions & Rabbits
Zachary Trebellas, Director of Avenue for the Arts

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