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Valuing the 21st Century Creative Economy

Panel Session - For Artists: Accessing the Creative Industries

Creative entrepreneurship can be a daunting and expensive venture. This session is intended to provide individual artists some basic resources and frameworks to support their venture into creative industries.

  • Sara Kellner, Director of Civic Art + Design, Houston Arts Alliance (Facilitator) 
    • Sara Kellner came to Houston to be the Executive Director of DiverseWorks Artspace. Prior to that, she was the Visual Arts Director at Hallwalls Contemporary Arts Center in Buffalo, where she organized exhibitions by artists such as William Pope, Willie Birch, Laylah Ali and Hilla Lulu Lin among many others. She has curated over 80 exhibitions, some which have toured nationally. She has a bachelor of fine arts in painting from the Rhode Island School of Design. Between 2006 and 2015, Kellner was the arts in transit manager for METRO’s Houston Light Rail Expansion. She developed and managed the artist selection, design process, fabrication and installation for a five-line light rail expansion with 49 stations. In that time she also provided consulting and fundraising services for small and midsized organizations, artists and artists collectives in the Houston area and nationally. She was a certified woman owned small business in the City of Houston and the State of Texas.
  • Hank Hancock, Skyline Artist Services
    • Hank Hancock is the artist liaison at Skyline Art Services, an art consulting firm that specializes in healing art programs for healthcare environments. As a sort of talent scout and coach, he simultaneously seeks new resources to cultivate the company’s roster of artists and provides insight and guidance for artists entering the unique market of visual art in heathcare design. 
  • Marina Tristan, Assistant Director at Arte Publico Press
    • Established in 1979, Arte Público Press is the oldest and largest Hispanic publisher in the United States.  It is the principal provider of cultural materials on Latino life in the United States for general and educational audiences. Authors published by Arte Público Press include Obie-award-winning playwright and filmmaker Luis Valdez; playwright Miguel Piñero, winner of the New York Drama Critic’s Award for Best American Play; and best-selling authors Diane Gonzales Bertrand, Marcos McPeek Villatoro, Nicholasa Mohr, Pat Mora, Tomás Rivera and Victor Villaseñor. Arte Público Press books have received critical praise in publications such as The New York Times Book Review, the Los Angeles Times, the Washington Post, Publishers Weekly and Library Journal. 
  • Robert Warren, Business Advisor, UH PTAC -UH Small Business Development Center
    • Bob has a passion for assisting business in developing and integrating process to create efficiency and repeatable success. He has been with the UH PTAC since October 2009. While at the PTAC his accomplishments include: consulting on the Certified Councilor program for the Department of Veteran Affair’s Center for Verification and Enterprise, acting as the veterans representative for the UH Small Business Development Center and authoring over a dozen new procurement training programs. In business a large portion of Bob’s career has been as a consultant working for global consulting firms and as an independent consultant in both the public and private sectors. He has extensive proposal writing experience and led proposal teams through both financial and legal review. Bob has considerable public speaking experience, and often speaks on procurement topics and veterans in business. Bob is a 26 year veteran of the US Air Force and US Air Force Reserve. He was named Intelligence Officer of the Year (Reserve) for the Air Mobility Command.