Arts mixers enhance networking opportunities among Racine’s artists
ArtRoot has initiated biannual Arts Mixers to enhance networking opportunities among Racine’s artists, arts professionals and arts advocates. New projects and connections that benefit local artists and organizations have emerged from the Mixers:
• Origins of Hip Hop, an event that takes place each summer in downtown Racine, hosted a special event at UW Parkside in the spring of 2016 thanks to connections made between the event’s organizer and Parkside’s Dean of the College of Arts and Humanities.
• After meeting at a Mixer in 2015, the coordinator of the Racine Arts Council’s Art Start program partnered with an art instructor from RUSD’s Racine Alternative Education program to develop a cultural arts tour of Chicago that rewards art students in the RAE program who demonstrate academic and behavioral progress.
• Two local graphic designers connected with representatives from the Racine Art Museum and Get Behind the Arts, resulting in new design projects. One of the designers also participated in the development of the new Racine County flag design due to connections made at the Mixers.
• A trio of musicians that performed at one of the Mixers was invited to return to George’s, the venue where the mixers take place, for additional performances.
• A local artist with an upcoming show at the Racine Arts Council met the supervisor of a community center in Racine at a 2016 mixer. They are now collaborating on a fundraiser to benefit arts programming at the center.