Second Annual Local Arts & Culture Business Summit


Second Annual Local Arts & Culture Business Summit
Monday, March 23 from 12:30 – 2 PM
Special Collections Library Room 285
300 South Hull Street, The University of Georgia

A public forum for local arts and culture business owners to share experiences, best practices, and advocate for the best ways to support local arts entrepreneurs. Sponsored by Ideas for Creative Exploration (ICE) and the Willson Center for Humanities and Arts as part of UGA Thinc. Week.

Featured Participants:

Airee Edwards

Agora Vintage is a locally-owned vintage store located in historic downtown Athens. The owner Airee Edwards designed the boutique in 2013 as a place to showcase her vintage collection. Airee is well-known for founding the original Agora in Athens. Agora Vintage specializes in vintage designer purses, clothing, jewelry, and locally-made art. Agora Vintage has been featured in Lucky Magazine, Southern Living, GQ and Garden and Gun.

Kit Hughes

Kit Hughes is the co-founder of Look-Listen, a full-service digital agency working in Digital Marketing, Digital Advertising, Digital Media, and eCommerce for a spectrum of clients from global corporations to visionary entrepreneurs.

Josh and Alex Brown

The Broad Collective is an Athens-based web journal that seeks to tell the stories of the artists, makers, craftsman and shop owners that make our city so great. The Broad Collective will be opening Broad 9A next month, which will serve as a hub for small businesses and creatives by day and a community space full of events by night and weekend.

Kristen Ashley MacCarthy

The KA Artist Shop is downtown Athens’ newest all-around art space – featuring a gallery, art supply shop, design and photo services, and handmade gifts.

David Barbe

David Barbe has worked on hundreds of recording projects as engineer, producer, musician and writer. Since opening Chase Park Transduction in 1997, David has worked with a wide variety of artists including the Glands, Drive By Truckers, Jerry Joseph, Amy Ray, Bob Mould, REM, and many others. Over the past few years, projects have included Deerhunter’s “Halcyon Digest,” Patterson Hood “Heat Lightning Rumbles in the Distance,” Dennis Ellsworth “Dusk Dreams,” Drive-By Truckers “Go-Go Boots,” New Madrid “Yard Boat,” and Dead Confederate “In The Marrow” to name a few. Barbe is also the Director of the UGA Music Business Program.

Kali DeWald

Kali DeWald joined UGA’s Career Center staff in December of 2013, and currently works with undecided/undeclared students as well as students with majors in the Fine and Performing Arts. She currently serves as a member of the Career Center’s Diversity Committee, as a liaison with the LGBT Resource Center and Disability Resource Center. Moreover, she serves on the board of the Georgia Career Development Association.

Deborah Gonzalez

Deborah Gonzalez is an attorney whose legal practice focuses on art, music, entertainment, digital, and social and online law. Her clients include museums, galleries, artists and art professionals, animators, filmmakers, musicians and music professionals, authors, and various other creative professionals.

Amanda Burk and Katherine McGuire

Double Dutch Press is a fine art printmaking studio founded in 2012 by Amanda Burk and Katherine McGuire. In addition to designing and producing handprinted art and goods, the studio offers Workshops, Press Rental, and Screen Services. DDP’s facilities accommodate relief, etching, and fine art screenprinting.

Kristen Bach

Treehouse Kid & Craft is a kids shop and DIY center, offering a range of well-designed and responsibly made products for babies, kids, families, and crafters of all ages.

Sanni Baumgartner

In 2010 Sanni Baumgartner opened Community, a boutique centered around the concept of sustainability without the sacrifice of style.

Michael Lachowski

Michael Lachowski is an artist working in photography and drawing who has recently shown in two exhibitions at Lamar Dodd School of Art and the Lyndon House Arts Center 40th annual juried exhibition. He is the public relations coordinator for the Georgia Museum of Art, a member of the Athens Cultural Affairs Commission and the founder of Third Thursday, Museum Mix and Athens Art Crowd. His prior experience includes: bassist in the band Pylon, publisher of Young, Foxy & Free and owner of Candy.

Julie Phillips

Julie Phillips is a founding member of Canopy Studio, a 501c3 non-profit dedicated to enriching the culture of the Athens community and the lives of individuals through flying dance trapeze, movement education, and performance arts.

Serra Ferguson

Indie South Fair is a curated open-air market that brings together artists, designers, and creative entrepreneurs to showcase their work in a festive atmosphere that includes music, artisanal food and drink, kids craft activities, and fun times!