A New Model of Support for Creative Workers in Post-Industrial Cities

Saturday, June 16, 1:15 pm - 2:30 pm

In post-industrial cities, it is not a matter of reviving what was, but of artists and creative workers capitalizing on long histories of craft and industry with innovation. This panel explores communities that have moved their arts and culture sector forward through partnership, investment, research, and entrepreneurship to fully leverage their cultural assets as economic engines.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Discover the the unique history of craft and industry that has combined to make this "culture of hands" into a viable economic engine.
  2. Discuss the complex partnerships and good faith efforts that are required to start and maintain the work.
  3. Explore the use and importance of cultural planning, community dialogue, and entrepeneurial energy in success.



Ryan Bunch
Communications & Outreach Coordinator
The Arts Commission (Toledo, OH)
Toledo, Ohio

Ryan A. Bunch is the Communications and Outreach Coordinator at The Arts Commission in Toledo, Ohio where he leads community programs and creative placemaking initiatives. For the past 15 years, Ryan has worked to leverage Toledo's post-industrial landscape as a cultural asset. As a volunteer, Ryan has initiated numerous events, projects and programs and served on the boards of several area organizations, including UpTown Association CDC, Frederick Douglass Community Association, Historic Ohio Theatre, Toledo SOUP Microgrants, and Spoken Toledo Storytelling, earning recognition as a 2016 recipient of Toledo's '20 Under 40' Leadership Award. He was previously the Arts & Entertainment Editor at Toledo City Paper and Music Editor at Toledo.com. Ryan studied creative writing and humanities at the University of Toledo and nonprofit administration through The Washington Center in Washington D.C. In his free time, Ryan is a poet, writer, and spoken word performance artist.

Nicole L. Mullet
Executive Director
Akron, Ohio

Nicole is the founding Executive Director of ArtsNow, an organization that works toward leveraging arts and culture in Summit County to support and strengthen the region’s economic and social vibrancy. In this role, she connects artists with resources, helps organizations understand the economic importance of the arts/culture sector, and works in partnership with community partners, elected officials, and businesses to support and advocate for our Summit County communities. Nicole attended The University of Akron, receiving a BA in integrated language arts as well as an MA in social-philosophical foundations of education. She serves on the board of the Gay Community Endowment Fund of the Akron Community Foundation and serves on the Crossroads Writers Conference committee for 2018. She is also an alumna of Torchbearers, where she served on the board and was president in 2016 and is a current member of Class 34 of Leadership Akron.

Laurence D. Kaptain
Dean--College of Arts & Media
University of Colorado Denver
Denver, Colorado

Laurence Kaptain, Dean of the College of Arts & Media at the University of Colorado Denver, is heard on a Grammy-winning recording (2001) with Orpheus Chamber Ensemble, as well as numerous recordings with the Chicago Symphony, St. Louis Symphony, St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, and LaScala Opera. Dean Kaptain is on the Boards of Directors of the Colorado Business Committee for the Arts (CBCA), Opera Colorado, Denver School of the Arts, and the Strategic National Arts Alumni Project. He was Dean of the College of Music and Dramatic Arts at LSU from 2009-13. He was Dean of Shenandoah Conservatory, Director of the Schwob School of Music, and Vice-Provost for Faculty Programs and Academic Quality at UMKC. He received the first doctorate in percussion instruments at the University of Michigan, where he was a Fulbright Scholar to Mexico and received the prestigious Rackham Graduate School Pre-Doctoral Fellowship.