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ASI's 3rd annual 'Creative Professionals Exchange Conference' is 'a refreshing change of pace'


Fri, May 6th 2022 09:25 am

Two-day mini conference for artists & arts administrators June 3-4 at Tifft Nature Preserve

Originally scheduled for January, Arts Services Inc. is moving forward with the third annual “Creative Professionals Exchange” mini conference for artists and arts administrators. The event will take place from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. June 3-4 at the Herb & Jane Darling Environmental Education Center at Tifft Nature Preserve in Buffalo.

A press release said, “After two years of uncertainty and turmoil, ASI offers ‘CPX: Refresh’ as a respite where creatives are invited to step away from the chaos of everyday life to refocus their passion for the arts. The mini conference will consist of presentations from local area professionals, panel-led discussions, and networking opportunities curated for those looking for inspiration and new ways forward in their work. Those attending in-person at Tifft Nature Preserve will have the added benefit of having five miles of nature trails, scenic views and fresh air at their disposal for whenever they need a break in the action.”

“This year’s CPX is special not only because it marks our return to in-person events but because it was born out of a real need in the arts community,” ASI Grants and Programming Director Holly Grant said. “The pandemic hit our industry hard, and there are many of us still trying to recover our mental health and reignite our artistry. ‘CPX: Refresh’ is all about shaking off the dust and heading into the summer with new skills and a fresh outlook so you can get back to creating.”

The “CPX:Refresh” presentation topics and presenters are:

“Unlock Your Creativity with Brandon Williamson” (Pure Ink Poetry)

“Alexander Technique: Body Alignment for Your Health” with Michael Serio (certified Alexander Technique teacher)

“Social Media Marketing” with Jeff Heras and Joe Babcock (Spicy Creative)

“Putting It Together: Packaging and Portfolio Building” with Akasya Crosier and Suzanne Fatta

Tifft Nature Preserve tour with a Tifft nature guide

“Stress and Burnout Management” with Dr. Christian Bernhard (SUNY Fredonia)

“Art of Mindfulness: Zentangles to Destress” with Kelly Barone (certified Zentangle teacher, Whimsy by Kelly)

“Finding Hygge – The Ideal Workspace Exists” with Megan McElfresh (Stained Glass Association of America)

“Creative Reuse Panel Discussion” with Hope Wilk (Hopeful Finds) and John Smigielski (Liminal Space Ensemble)

“Nature as Inspiration” with Arthur Pearson (Roger Tory Peterson Institute)

“Design Your Brand Identity” with Matt Low (Crowley Webb)

“Creating Systems that Support You” with Ashley Johnson (AEJ Create)

Presentation topics and speakers are subject to change.

“CPX: Refresh” will culminate in a networking happy hour at Duende (Friday) and the Wilkeson Point Beer Garden (Saturday).

Registration for the full two days is $125 per person and includes all sessions, lunch, and happy hour discounts. One-day passes and virtual options are available. Scholarships are available through an application process. Proof of vaccination for all speakers and participants is required.

Learn more or register for the conference at www.cpxrefresh.com.

Arts Services Inc. (ASI) empowers the region's artists and arts organizations with connections to funding, learning opportunities, and community access to the arts. ASI is a resource hub for the Western New York arts and cultural sector.

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