"Made in Santa Maria" Brings Creative Entrepreneurship to Hancock and the Community

The event will focus on the concept of "Placemaking"

APRIL 10, 2018--A one-day symposium at Allan Hancock College will connect notable arts consultants with local leaders in arts education, students and community members to explore best practices in the emerging creative economy.

The symposium will happen Friday, April 20, from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. in bldg. M, Room 310 at Allan Hancock College’s Santa Maria campus. There will be an art exhibition and reception from 4-7 p.m. at the Santa Maria Business Development Center.

The keynote address will be at 9:30 a.m. by Sarah Filley, artist, CEO and co-founder of Popuphood, LLC, a business incubator that consults with city governments and revitalizes neighborhoods by connecting artists and entrepreneurs with vacant retail spaces.

The symposium focuses on the concept of “Placemaking,” an idea that is catching fire internationally. Placemaking brings to the forefront how art can help a community tell its story and what makes a place a place. During the symposium, guest speakers will begin conversations about community identity, inclusiveness, equity and economic vitality.

The public is invited to join discussions with the local Makers’ community, Santa Maria Joint Union High School District art teachers, Hancock faculty and students, and other local artists, arts leaders and arts instructors.

The idea for the symposium came about when Hancock 3D art and ceramics professor Amiko Matsuo received a “Doing What Matters: Faculty Entrepreneurship Champion mini-grant” from the California Community Colleges Economic and Workforce Development (EWD) program. Matsuo’s work as a translator for an art festival that focuses on rural revitalization spurred her interest in how artists help shape the identity of places. As a ceramic artist, she believes that making salable products is a first step toward the real goal of building thriving and equitable communities.

For more information about the event, visit www.hancockcollege.edu/madeinsm or contact Amiko Matsuo at 1-805-922-6966 ext.3351. You may also email Matsuo at amiko.matsuo@hancockcollege.edu.

Creative Entrepreneurship: Made in Santa Maria

Lectures and Discussion | 9 a.m.-2 p.m.

Allan Hancock College

800 S. College Drive, bldg. M, Room 310

Santa Maria, CA 93454

9:30 a.m. keynote address by Sarah Filley, artist, CEO and co-founder of Popuphood


Exhibition and Reception | 4-7 p.m.

Santa Maria Business Development Center

731 South Lincoln Street

Santa Maria, CA 93458

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Made In Santa Maria
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Last Modified Oct 23, 2018