Are you an artist, curator, or venue coordinator in our community? Join us for "Break it Down | Make it Better" for a captivating conversation about being an artist in 2017—featuring the keynote panel Engaging Communities, Collaborative Dialogues Around Art and roundtable discussions ranging from how to expand your audience and find funding for your work, to curating great shows and taking your practice beyond the wall.

WHEN: Saturday, February 25 from 9 a.m.–3 p.m.
WHERE: UICA @ 2 West Fulton SE
HOWRegister Here to get a discount code (for ArtPrize artists and venue representatives)

Our featured panelists (pictured above) include:

  • Janice Bond, curator, interdisciplinary artist and cultural producer specializing in arts and culture
  • Lora Robertson, filmmaker and photographer working from New York City and West Michigan
  • Omari Rush, artistic administrator and community leader
  • Nayda Collazo-Llorens, visual artist from San Juan, Puerto Rico engaged in an interdisciplinary practice incorporating multiple mediums and strategies

Following the keynote panel, create your own unique experience by attending three of the roundtable conversations below:

Expanding Audiences

Marketing During ArtPrize
Maximizing your Website's Potential
Securing Articles, TV & Radio interviews
Utilizing Social Media to Drive Event Attendance

Curating Practices

Curating Great Shows
Discussing Here + Now: Abandoned Margins
Best Practices for All Gallery Types
Funding the Arts: Finding Sponsorship
Advocating for the Arts
Arts Fundraising: Raising Money Without Losing Focus
Grant Writing

Artist Evolution

Task Management & Rituals for Creatives
Appropriation & Plagiarism
Recovery: Art as Healing
Should I Go to Grad School?

Off the Wall

Site Specific Performance
From Walls to Rooms
Projection & Digital Media
Art & Design, a Conversation

Professional Development

Proposing Public Artworks
Pricing Artwork
Business Structures for Artists
Writing Artist Statements

Concentrating on Community

Engaging Youth
Art in the Time of Fascism
Art as Resistance
Artist Collectives

Interested? Let us know you're coming! Register online, and don't forget to email us at for a discount code if you're an ArtPrize artists or venue representative.

Workshops and Roundtable Facilitators: Janice Bond ● Emily Cobb ● Hugo Claudin ● Joe Voss ● Andrea Napierkowski ● Amanda Carmer Rainey ● Marcel "Fable" Price ● Christopher Smit and Jill Vyn ● Victoria Rosales ● Shivangee Pandya ● Lauren Rossi ● Amy Wilson ● Ethan Ross ● Jeffrey Augustine Songco ● Alysha Lach White ● Lora Robertson ● Ken Krayer ● Miranda Krajniak ● Elyse Welcher ● Jenn Schaub

Roundtables and Panelists include staff and members from the following organizations: Kendall College of Art and Design of Ferris State University ● Avenue for the Arts ● ArtPrize ● Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts ● Creative Many Michigan ● CurlyHost ● Walless ● DisArt ● Design West Michigan ● Dance in the Annex ● Little Wings Designs ● Ann Arbor Art Center ● little space studio ● Satellite Collective ● Grand Valley State University ● American Institute of Graphic Arts ● The Diatribe ● Mexicains Sans Frontieres ● + independent artists

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 our community and region. These programs are presented through an ongoing partnership with the Avenue for the Arts, ArtPrize, and Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts.

By Katie Moore on