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The Creative Crunch Event Series illuminates pathways to artistic success with an emphasis on career success and noteworthy accomplishment! The series, hosted by JCA at the Thyen-Clark Cultural Center, invites guest artists from across the United States to offer personal insights on three main themes: art business development, business strategies, and insider advice.

Presentation topics include artistic education; transitioning to or beginning a business in the arts; artistic streams of income and artistic employment; connecting with galleries, patrons, and other artists; working with clients; commissions and sales; continuing artistic growth and development; studio and workspace organization; tools and software; social media, newsletters, and other visibility tools; time management strategies; traveling as an artist; shipping and storage of art; communicating artistic vision; working with artistic teams; casting and auditions; and industry forecast.  

Guest artists present in three formats, including lecture presentation, one-on-one interview, and panel discussion, in 60-minutes session. All formats include time for questions from the audience, and refreshments are included!

The Business of Graphics with Chelsea Allen

November 17th 6-7 PM 

Thyen-Clark Cultural Center

Chelsea Allen was born in raised in Owensboro, Kentucky and graduated from Daviess County High School in 2009. She earned a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from Western Kentucky University. Chelsea relocated to Rockport, Indiana when she married her husband and joined him in growing their apparel and sign business, Midwest Graphix. She self-taught business management, graphic design, and other skills required for the business.


Chelsea is now an Account Manager at Slade Company, which acquired Midwest Graphix in October of 2021. Slade is a full service print company that offers apparel, paper products, signs, vehicle graphics, labels, and promotional products. Chelsea now focuses on customer relations and project management. 

In her Creative Crunch talk, Chelsea will provide insights into the world of graphic design, client acquisition and communication, and the daily ins-and-outs of managing a graphics business.

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Jessic Mordy

Upcoming Creative Crunch Sessions

Be on the lookout for next year's sessions!

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