March 6, 2011

Rust Belt to Artist Belt III Conference

The Rust Belt to Artist Belt III conference is coming to the city of Detroit April 6 and 7.  Artists, creative business owners and practitioners, educators, and designers will meet in Detroit to explore how post-industrial Rust Belt cities are being shaped by creative individuals in the areas of economic and community development, entrepreneurialism, and land use.

The biennial conference is being hosted by the Detroit Creative Corridor Center in partnership with ArtServe Michigan and Techtown at the A. Alfred Taubman Center for Design Education College for Creative Studies, 460 W. Baltimore in Detroit.  The theme is Cultivating Talent and Innovation to Transform Post Industrial Cities.

A discounted early bird ticket price of only $55 is now available for Rust Belt to Artist Belt III through March 21 and then the price increases to $80.  To purchase tickets visit:

Rust Belt to Artist Belt III in Detroit is supported through The Kresge Foundation and Surdna Foundation of New York City.

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 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.

My speach at the conference: Edgy Practices: Creatives Making their Mark
When: 2:15 pm, Thursday, April 7th
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