By Sarah Bender ‘16
On a Friday afternoon in late February, a group of Duke students and six industry creatives attended a discussion about arts entrepreneurship. This informal session in the Bryan Center was one of many that took place over the course of ArtCon, a two-day summit organized by duArts students that celebrates the vibrant arts culture at Duke and in the Durham community.
ArtCon kicked off with a selection of creative industry sessions for students interested in film, television, music, fashion, marketing, public relations, graphic design, journalism, sports, publishing, comedy, theater, and arts entrepreneurship. Students were able to attend up to two of the sessions, which boasted a cast of over fifty invited industry creatives in total.
Talya Klein T’02, a Durham-based director and founder of The Here & Now theater company, moderated one of the sessions focusing on arts entrepreneurship. Klein is also the creator of the Durham Doll, a photography project and an Instagram account (@thedurhamdoll) that showcases the vibrant Durham community. Other participants in the session included Annie Fleishman Franceschi T’08, Mailande Moran T’06, Candy Carver, Beth Yerxa, and Mike Williams.
Each session offered students the opportunity to interact with the industry creatives in attendance. The sessions were followed by open talks, allowing participants to connect further over coffee and snacks.