Artists and Suits: Milwaukee’s MarKEt/FORWARD Symposium

by Corinna Kirsch on March 25, 2015 Go See

Just some of Milwaukee's notables who'll be presenting on Friday.

Just some of Milwaukee’s notables who’ll be presenting on Friday.

It takes more than a degree to be an artist. Should you let city hall know about your impromptu public art exhibition? Does your project need a grant, or just some capital? Can you ask your bodega guy about curating a show in his deli? It’s rare to talk about any of this during a regular ol’ painting crit.

But if you’re in Milwaukee on Friday—like me—you’ll hear all about the intersections of art, business, and community engagement at the first-ever MarKEt/FORWARD symposium, held at the Pfister Hotel.

Cheese artist Sarah Kaufman's cheddar sculpture of the Pfister Hotel.

Cheese artist Sarah Kaufman’s cheddar sculpture of the Pfister Hotel.

From what I can tell, the symposium is for artists who don’t wear suits, but might need to deal with suits at some point. Which is practically everyone nowadays, making it a pretty good reason to go. Or, just go for the sake of peer pressure: everyone in Milwaukee will be there. It’s also free.

Full schedule below:

1:45 – 2:00 p.m. Introduction with artist Niki Johnson and Kayle Karbowski

2:00 – 3:00 p.m. Grant Writing Unmasked, Melissa Dorn Richards

3:00 – 4:00 p.m. Public Art: Place and Community, Jill Sebastian

4:00 – 5:00 p.m. See + Say: Between Language and the Critical Gaze, Kat Murrell

5:00 – 6:00 p.m. Shifting Silos: Creating Community, Paul Oemig

6:00 – 7:00 p.m. Unpacking Curation: Connecting Community and Narrative Through Art, Claudia Arzeno and Niki Johnson

7:00 – 8:00 p.m. The Intersection of Art, Creativity, and Entrepreneurship, Translator (Mark Fairbanks, Cindi Thomas, and Molly Dvora Rosenblum)

8:00 – 9:00 p.m. Manufacturing Creativity, Reggie Baylor

9:00 – 9:30 p.m. Grand Reveal of Niki Johnson’s Legacy Piece for the Pfister Hotel’s permanent collection

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