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Cash Cow, Sacred Cow, Purple Cow

The SNAG Professional Development Seminar is coming up soon. 

The topic for 2.5 hours of programming is:
"Cash Cow, Sacred Cow, Purple Cow"


The Professional Development Seminar will have the fabulous volunteer efforts of Lindsey Snell who will blog and tumbler the lecture LIVE!!!! from Toronto, Canada, on Friday, May 17, 2:30-5:30pm EDT.

Tumbler-images http://pds-news.tumblr.com/


Here is what Lindsey Snell has to say about our topic:
"I'm really looking forward to the PDS! The topics seem very well timed and I think it will really resonate with people at the conference" [along with the listeners on tumbler & twitter].

"This stems from the kinds of recent conversations that are happening with many of my peers. This is especially relevant to those students who are about to embark on the transition out of academia. There is a definite sense that things are very different from the lives that our professors have known and we need to be working independently to adjust to the way things are now."

"Especially with the rise of general interest in DIY culture, interactive media, social networking, and much more, many of us feel that being talented or a great maker will not prove to be as fruitful as it once was. There is a tension between the expectations of having good craftsmanship and design skills and the ability to develop one's identity as a maker and networker."

"In the last discussion I had with a friend, I think we used the phrase "social as survival" for a way to think about things now. Not only is being unique important as ever, but visibility and accessibility are essential." 

"Also, alternative exhibition spaces are exciting and rarely get discussed in comparison to traditional galleries and museums. I always think of the Clutch Gallery that is still in Chicago- it was a girl's handbag that was transformed into a mini traveling space."

"I'm sure I could go on forever about all of this-but that is precisely why I am excited about this presentation. It really should start good and necessary discussions about contemporary issues."


Attend the PDS 
Anyone may attend the Professional Development Seminar.

Date:          Friday, May 17, 2013
Time:         3:00 – 5:30 pm
Location:  Canadian Hall, Fairmont Royal York Hotel
Address:   100 Front Street West,
                      Toronto, Ontario, Canada M5J 1E3

This year's program was inspired by two TED talks:

Seth Godin: How to get your ideas to spread

Joseph Pine: What consumers want

Our speakers include:

Lara Bazant- “Bringing the Purple Cow to the Market: Tapping Into the Experiential Economy

Michelle Bilodeau“Milking Your Purple Cow in Fashion”

Natasha Granatstein – “The Unexpected Purple Cow: Pop-Up Stores and Alternative Exhibition Spaces

Justin D. Hartzman -  “All You Can Eat” Website – Customizing the Cow: New trends in New Trends in Cross Platform Web Optimization

Rachel Timmins – “Purple Cow: Documentation via video and photography

SHIPPING presentations for artists and makers from the SNAG Professional Development Seminar

All of the PowerPoints from the past three years of the Professional Development Seminar were recorded and made into a SlideShare presentation with audio. Fourteen presentations from the SNAG Professional Development Seminar can be found on the SNAG website. The information is intended for artists and makers in all media.

The Professional Development Seminar is organized by Brigitte Martin, Andy Cooperman and myself, Harriete Estel Berman.