The Rust Belt to Artist Belt III
conference is headed to Detroit April 6-7. Artists, creative business owners and practitioners, educators and designers will meet to explore how post-industrial Rust Belt cities are being shaped by creative individuals in the areas of economic and community development, entrepreneurial energies and land use.
The biennial conference is being hosted by the Detroit Creative Corridor Center
in partnership with ArtServe Michigan
at the A. Alfred Taubman Center for Design Education College for Creative Studies, 460 W. Baltimore in Detroit's New Center. The theme is cultivating talent and innovation to transform post-industrial cities.
Panel discussions, skills building workshops, and facilitated idea generation sessions will be the vehicles used for attendees to examine best practices for connecting creative practitioners with prototype and advanced manufacturers in order to establish a "Creative supply chain."
Featured speakers/panelist for the two day conference include: Greg Garrett, Chief Strategy Officer, IT and Innovation, for Volkswagen North America; Director and Chief Curator of the Museum of Contemporary Arts Detroit, Luis Croquer; Detroit-based singer and songwriter Monica Blaire; Grammy, Emmy, and Tony award winning artist, songwriter, and director Allee Willis; CEO of Detroit Ventures Partners and Founder and Chairman of ePrize, LLC, Josh Linkner; Steve Coy (pictured left) of the Hygenic Dress League and Detroit Projection Project; Terry Schwarz, Director of the Cleveland Urban Design Collaborative; and Philip Delamore of UCA Textile Futures/College of Fashion in London.
We have one ticket -- an $80 value -- to give away. That's a sweet deal. Go here to sign up.
All tickets for the conference can be purchased here
Rust Belt to Artist Belt III in Detroit is supported through The Kresge Foundation
and Surdna Foundation of New York City.