Your Art in the Digital Age

Tuesday, September 11, 2018
4:00 pm – 6:00 pm 

Larimer SBDC – Rocky Mountain Innosphere
320 E. Vine Drive
Fort Collins, CO 80524 (Map It!)

Are you looking to take your art into the digital age? 

Are you already digital, but looking to understand the latest trends, platforms, uses and ways artists are digitizing their work? 

If you are looking to communicate, sell and work online in some capacity as a creative in the 21st century this discussion and networking session is for you.  Hear from working creatives in the fields of photography, film, music, graphic design, digital art and web content creation about how they operate in a digital world, where they see growth opportunities and key takeaways on how to add this to your creative business model.

The session provides networking time as well as a panel discussion with audience participation.   
Our Panelists

Kyle James Hauser


The first year of Kyle James Hauser’s music career began auspiciously: he performed at CMJ, SXSW and the Toronto Int’l Film festivals; was a competitive finalist at Telluride Bluegrass and Rocky Mountain Folk festivals; and released his first record “Oh Oh” on sonaBLAST! Records. 

A graduate in Songwriting from Berklee College of Music, Kyle James Hauser went on to study banjo under Jayme Stone, Noam Pikelny, Chris Pandolfi and others. He’s been involved in over a dozen album releases over his career, and his album “You a Thousand Times” reached #1 on Colorado Public Radio a month after its 2014 release. His songs are featured in film and television including Judd Apatow’s The Big Sick, MTV’s series 16 & Pregnant and Teen Mom, Where Hope Grows and many more.

Kyle James Hauser’s performance credits include performances at the Kentucky Derby, and sharing the stage with Nathaniel Rateliff, Bonnie “Prince” Billy, The Head and the Heart, Brett Dennen, John Hiatt, David Grisman and more. Playing with Colorado band Rapidgrass 2014-2016, Hauser released two albums and toured internationally, most notably headlining La Roche Bluegrass Festival in France and winning 2015’s RockyGrass Competition. In 2015, Hauser also seized the opportunity to co-write a ballet with one of the country’s most highly-regarded regional ballet companies, the Louisville Ballet.

Hauser currently works in Artist Development at Bohemian Foundation’s groundbreaking incubator, The Music District. He’s been involved in music nonprofits Louisville Folk School (as co-founder), Think 360 Arts, Colorado Music Collective and the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. In addition to a private teaching practice he teaches songwriting at the Berklee College of Music and has given masterclasses at schools all over the country, including Oberlin Conservatory and Swallow Hill. 

Elias Martinez 

Elias Martinez is assistant vice president for brand strategy and creative director at Colorado State University in Fort Collins, CO. At CSU he’s responsible for setting the institution’s overarching brand strategy and leading a cross disciplinary creative team dedicated to its realization. While at CSU, his team has helped cultivate a university culture that has led to record enrollment, fundraising, and community engagement – all signs of a strong brand.

Prior to CSU Elias was a creative director at Zeus Jones, a Minneapolis digital marketing and branding firm. At Zeus, he had the privilege of working with General Mills, Cheerios, Wheaties, Google, Nordstrom, Purina, Cheerios, Betty Crocker, and Nike. His work has been featured on ESPN, The Today Show, Deadspin, The Dieline, The Guardian, Bleacher Report, Esquire, Death and Taxes, and the front page of Reddit.

Ethan Bach

Ethan Bach is the founding CEO of Alt Ethos, founding E.D. of Denver Arts + Technology Advancement (DATA), an artist, and consultant.  Westword calls Ethan, “An entrepreneur with an eye on the future’s future.” Bach holds and MFA from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and uses creative technology to foster deeper connections.

Andrew Schneider

Andrew has extensive experience in performing arts, marketing, film making, trends in arts and creative community building. Schneider co-founded and leads Create Places, an economic and workforce development nonprofit that provides support to increase creative and arts-related employment in Northern Colorado through initiatives like Techstars Startup Week Fort Collins, Artup Week Fort Collins, Open Streets, North Fort Neighborhood Connections, and others. The Downtown Artery, a 14,000-square-foot arts hub in downtown Fort Collins adopted Create Places nonprofit mission earlier this year and hired Andrew Schneider as managing director to lead the organization through the period of growth and transformation. Downtown Artery was recognized in 2018 by the Colorado Business Committee for the Arts for outstanding partnerships and engagements with the arts — familiar territory for Schneider, who will also continues  to work in the nonprofit space outside of the Downtown Artery’s footprint.

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