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Gaston Arts Council

Your Connection to ARTS & Culture in Gaston County


Jan 28, 2015 |  | Jennifer Phillips

Meetups for Artists & Creative Professionals!

Gaston Arts Council hosts the Creative Pollinators Meetups for creative professionals and artists in the various performing, literary and visual art disciplines to gather and network as well as receive information about available opportunities and resources including grants that may be helpful to their careers. Guest speakers are invited to share valuable and insightful industry information.  The Featured Artist Segment offers the opportunity to highlight and showcase the work of local artists! Refreshments are served. Visit the Artist Corner Page to tell us more about you.

Guest speakers list:

Ben Stone, Director of Arts and Culture, Smart Growth America

Gregor Wilson, Film Producer & Director

Kathleen Byrne, Director, Economic Recruitment, Charlotte Regional Business Alliance

Harmony Heslop, Director, Bliss Gallery

Christine Carlson, Event Planner/Resource Manager, City of Gastonia

Mary Tucker, CEO & Founder, UPIC Health LLC

Steven Pearce, Senior Project Manager, Charlotte Regional Partnership

Kelly Zirbes, aka Kelly Z, Singer/Songwriter

Mary London Szpara, Playwright/Producer/Graphic Artist/Voice Actor/Author

Dawn Anthonyteaching artist, lecturer and performer, DNA Muzic
Megan Lynch, Art Galleries Director, Central Piedmont Community College
Patrick Diamond, Art Collector
Francine Kola-Bankole, Art Collector
Jonell Logan, Founder, 300 Arts Project
Dr. Philip L. Otienoburu, Assistant Professor of Biology & Director, Center for Renewable Energy & Sustainability, Johnson C. Smith University
Tommy L. Nichols, Executive Director, PowerUP USA; President/Founder: Tommy Filmworks and Charlotte Black Film Festival; Author of upcoming book release “Coding Black”
Alexys Taylor, Collections & Exhibitions Manager, Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture
Richelle Williams, Manager and Choreographer for the Carolina Panthers TopCats Cheerleaders
Jamie Dee Clifton, Charlotte Ballet Academy Teacher & Former Principal Dancer for Charlotte Ballet
Bobby Robinson, Esq.., Founder & Managing Attorney, The Robinson Law Group, PLLC
Rashad Phillips, MBA – Tax Accountant, Small Business Advisor, Award Winning Journalist, Educator, and Publisher of “New Growth” Magazine
Anthony ‘Ant’ Pruitt, Digital Content Creator
Beth Petty, Director, Charlotte Regional Film Commission
Arden McLaughlin, Creator & Owner, Definita
Wendy Hickey, Founder, ArtPop
Rick Haithcox, award-winning photographer
Vickie L. Evans, award-winning playwright; bestselling author; Founder & President, Soaring High Productions
Larry Ferguson – commercial film director, scriptwriter, television art director (national Emmy finalist), media consultant, professional artist and educator
Elyse A. Williams, CEO, EAW Productions (one of Charlotte’s premier creative production companies)
Tim Greene, WSGE 91.7FM morning radio personality/assistant program director & music director; multi award winning film writer, producer, director
Terry “Dream Maker” Hudson, CEO, Hudson Media Concepts
Debra Funderburk, Chief Creative Officer, Charlotte Writing Academy, author & business coach
Cassandra Richardson, Art Galleries Director, Central Piedmont Community College
Carla Hanzal, Vice President, Public Art, ASC
Maria Howell, actress, singer, voice over artist & film producer
Kathryn K. Bentley, Affiliate Director, North Carolina Wolf Trap, ASC
Mo Sallah, Brokerage Associate, Coldwell Banker Commercial MECA
Rachel Bagley, Director of Communications and Marketing, City of Gastonia

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