Turchin Center for the Visual Arts in Boone, NC, Hatches “TCVA 140: The Creative Incubator,” – Nov. 19, 2015



What would happen if you invited ten folks with big ideas to speak about their favorite topic—all on a single evening? Nobody really knows because nobody in this fast-paced world has made the time to find out. Until now, that is.

With “TCVA 140: The Creative Incubator,” the Turchin Center for the Visual Arts, in Boone, NC, has found a way to pull it off. Beginning Nov. 19, 2015, at 7pm (with reception at 6:30), this quarterly event will bring together a diverse cross-section of some of the region’s most innovative thinkers and practitioners to discuss their ideas and projects. But here’s the rub: For their presentations, each of the evening’s ten featured speakers will be required to talk about seven slides with an allotted 20 seconds per slide—for a total of 140 seconds. (That’s a mere two minutes and twenty seconds per speaker.)

“We’re riffing on Twitter—for the smart, creative set,” says Turchin Center Curator Mary Anne Redding, who planned the event not just as a way of squeezing a whole lot of local lowdown and enlightenment into a single evening but also as a way to “bring people together to share ideas and to spark new conversations, new collaborations, new partnerships.”

“Boone and the surrounding area have a wonderfully creative demographic in all areas,” says Redding. And not just in the arts, she points out. “Creative people work in all fields but we don’t often have the opportunity to interact with one another; we’re so caught up in our own organizations and in the effort it takes to do the things we all do so well.”

With that in mind, “TCVA 140” was created for anyone interested in learning about the community beyond their own role in it—a goal that’s notoriously easier said than done. “But we’ve done the legwork and organized a fun and efficient way to meet new people, mingle, and enjoy a thought-provoking evening—and also, hopefully, take away a renewed commitment to our community.”

Below is a list of the speakers for the inaugural evening, which takes place Nov. 19 at 7pm, at the Turchin Center for the Visual Arts, with reception starting at 6:30pm.

Speakers include:
Nate Allen – Chef and Owner, Knife & Fork, Spruce Pine, NC
Heather Brandon – Food Services Specialist, Appalachian State University
Carol Cole – Artist & Collector
Caleb Crowell – CEO, New Appalachian Foods
Megan Hayes – Director of University Communications, Appalachian State University
Clifton Meador – Artist and Chair of the Appalachian State University Art Department
John C. Pine – Director, Research Institute for Environment Energy and Economics, Appalachian State University
Billy Schumann – Director, Center for Appalachian Studies, Appalachian State University
Mark Trivette – Vice-President, Great State Bank and President, Mountaineer Ruritan Club, Sugar Grove, NC
Dave Walker – Program Manager, Blue Ridge CRAFT, Blue Ridge Women in Agriculture

For more information about this and subsequent “TCVA 140” events, go to (http://tcva.org/calendar/super/id/1772), call 828/262-3017 or visit (www.tcva.org).


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