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Thursday, April 11 • 3:45pm - 4:45pm
Art Builds Business Builds Art Workshop

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This session will provide participants with a community-building toolkit that includes tips, surveys, meeting agendas, and best practices for building your local creative economy and expanding your partnership and support networks. Learn how participants in AIR workshops held in Kentucky, Virginia and West Virginia have used program resources to create cross-sector collaborations and implement community and economic development efforts that embrace the value of the arts and creativity. AIR programs teach design thinking, business planning, and entrepreneurial spirit using the latest business development strategies and tactics such as fast prototyping and lean startup principles.

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Beth Flowers

Director, Berea College
Beth Flowers has decades of e-level experience with non-profits, governmental agencies, broadcast media, and the arts. She is a visionary thinker and a talented communicator. Beth has created messaging for victorious political candidates and issues, inspired citizen participation... Read More →
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Renee Margocee

Executive Director, Tamarack Foundation
Renée Margocee has served as the Executive Director of the Tamarack Foundation for the Arts since March 2017. Renée received her B.A. in English Literature from Marshall University and studied ceramics at West Virginia University. With a background in liberal arts and arts administration... Read More →
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Julie Walters Steele

Director, Virginia Tech Foundation Inc doing business as Reynolds Homestead
Julie Walters-Steele is honored to serve as the Director of Reynolds Homestead, a Commonwealth Campus Center at Virginia Tech, where she manages a Community Enrichment Center and the historic Rock Spring Plantation. During the past seven years, Julie has initiated a growth in programs... Read More →