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The Savannah College of Art and Design and the American Craft Council present the "Creative Communities: Cultivating Innovation through Cross Sector Collaboration" symposium, Sept. 26-27, in Savannah, Georgia.
The event brings together art and design entrepreneurs who have built their own business models based on their skill, experience, vision, passion and commitment to a life of creativity. The guests will serve as example, inspiration and catalysts to expand possibilities for future designers and art makers.
The Creative Communities Innovation charrette provides students a unique opportunity to work with external partners to provide real-world experiences in planning a business.
Students are challenged to design an entrepreneurial model that uses creative communities that mirror their ideals and support innovative approaches for the marketplace. The charrette will focus students’ creativity into establishing effective communities that support an innovative business model for a career in the arts.
The symposium is part of the American Craft Council's "Making Meaning in the Marketplace" program, a series of symposia focusing on the next generation of artists and their influence on the larger culture and the art market.
The council partners with the nation's leading schools in craft media to co-create programming that addresses students' interests and considers the many ways that they might contribute to the future of craft.
Each "Making Meaning in the Marketplace" panelist will be paired with a SCAD professor from the furniture design, architecture, design for sustainability, business management and entrepreneurship and design management programs to assist in guiding the charrette process and managing the number of students participating. Each group allows for 10-15 students.
Judges will include "Making Meaning in the Marketplace" guests and SCAD professors. Presentations will be rated on metrics such as innovation, implementation, quality and actionable outcomes.
The charrette is free and open to SCAD students only.
Charrette collaborations: Friday, Sept. 27, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Student presentations: Friday, Sept. 27, 4-6 p.m.
Integrating practices: designer/maker/entrepreneur
This model will allow students to understand the power of collaboration and integrate a comprehensive range of three-dimensional practices that support the creation of objects as well as relational architectural projects, urban planning work and innovative collaborative public art.
Matt Olson is cofounder of ROLU, a design and art studio in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
Converging talent: socially conscious collaboration as a catalyst for innovation
Creating a community that uses the power of education, community outreach and entrepreneurship, this model will share strategies for cultivating diverse populations to advance positive change in society.
Kate Bordine is executive director of Ponyride, a nonprofit organization that develops platforms for creative and social entrepreneurs by providing affordable studio space.
Leveraging technology: business thinking for the designer/maker
Exploring the balance between artistic vision and business thinking, this model will focus on connecting a craft business with a community of customers in today’s digitally interactive society.
Megan Auman is a designer, metalsmith, educator and founder of Designing an MBA, an organization that helps designers and makers develop their business skills.
Connecting resources: re-imagining product production
In this model, economic development is tied to innovations in production infrastructure that will generate social awareness and economic development.
Rebecca Burgess is an author, educator and textile artist.