Industry Insights Schedule

Fall 2017 Schedule

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A Career in Arts Journalism and Writing with Robert Faires & Jay Handelman

Thursday, September 7 at 11:00am in DFA 1.101

In this moderated conversation, Robert Faires, Arts Editor of the Austin Chronicle,and Jay Handelman, Arts Critic of the Sarasota Herald Tribune, will explore questions and pathways about careers in arts journalism and writing. If you’re wondering how to combine your creative talents with your love for writing, this talk is for you! Students will be given a chance to dialogue and engage with both of these professionals, deepening their understanding of the role of the critic in the modern artistic landscape.


Rooster Teeth on the 40 Acres with Burnie Burns

Friday, September 29 at 2:30pm in ART 1.120

As the Co-Founder and Chief Creative Officer of Rooster Teeth, Burnie Burns has re-defined video content in the 21st century. Through projects like Red vs. Blue and Lazer Team, Burns has engaged with millions of fans. He will speak about his career and how he grew Rooster Teeth into one of the world’s most well-known entertainment brands.


Re-thinking the Museum: Educating Communities with Ray Williams

Wednesday, October 11 at 2:30pm in DFA 1.104

Ray Williams, Director of Education for the Blanton Museum, is a leader in re-designing art education. Williams will speak to his own career of educating the public about art and dynamic new programming he has initiated at the Blanton.


The Cultural Chameleon: Finding Uncommon Connections with Melissa Snoza

Wednesday, November 8 at 12:00pm in DFA 1.104

Fifth House Ensemble’s Executive Director, Melissa Snoza, shares the story of her own upbringing in a multi-cultural, multi-lingual household; an experience that developed her into a cultural chameleon with a passion for developing authentic, yet unexpected connections in her creative practice. Her current work leverages the capacity to create connections and common language to generate projects that engage international partners, source collaborators from wildly diverse disciplines, and result in genre-defying artistic experiences. Whether assembling internal work teams or developing collaborations with external partners, this conversation explores the true meaning of collaboration, offering tools for developing a common language and demonstrating how engaging diverse voices at every stage of the creative process leads not just to inclusion but to richly rewarding work.


Founders Story: Design Meets Entrepreneurship with Jan Ryan

Friday, November 17 at 2:30pm in DFA 1.104

Jan Ryan, COFA’s new Director of Creative Entrepreneurship and Innovation will be sharing her Founders journey in launching and growing two companies to successful exits, and why she believes an entrepreneurial mindset can be the difference-maker in today’s creative economy. Come and bring your questions for an “Ask-Me-Anything” Q&A session following her talk.


The Industry Insights schedule will be updated throughout the semester. Please check back for new events!


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