The Importance of Arts Networking Events: SMASH at the Frontier
Each year Triangle Artworks hosts an arts-networking event called "SMASH at The Frontier" where creatives across fields gather under one roof. Photographers, painters, violinists, actors, lawyers, jugglers, spiritual healers, and many others come together to celebrate, ideate, gesticulate, debate and conflate, and eat great food in a creative space (they provide huge whiteboards for writing what you need and what you're looking for).
We met her at 2018's SMASH at the Frontier where she was volunteering with her smile all bubbly and very poofy hair tied up. She is the founder of a recently-formed service-based business called DAMM Studios.
Their focus: working with creative professionals through all their business & logistics needs.
"I like to say we help people get their DAMM work done." -- Mya
1. What is your role at Triangle Artworks and why do you personally enjoy the SMASH Event?
I volunteer my time and services at Triangle Artworks, the non-profit that brings the SMASH events to life. I enjoy working with a great group of women who want the arts community to thrive.
I personally enjoyed this years SMASH event because Triangle Artworks did a great job in creating an environment that allowed artists of all medias to share ideas, needs, wants, and network.
2. Could you explain what Triangle Artworks is as a whole and what role it plays in the greater triangle community?
Triangle ArtWorks is a nonprofit organization that provides services, support, and resources to the visual and performing arts community. Their goal is to cultivate and ensure a vibrant creative community in the Triangle region of North Carolina. They play an important role as a business segment because it's largely comprised of sole proprietors, small businesses and nonprofit arts organizations working in a broad range of disciplines from design, to film, to theater. Triangle Artworks is providing a great platform to come together and work as a community.
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3. How is SMASH an impactful event for individuals, businesses, and communities alike?
Every opportunity starts with a social interaction and open communication of ideas. I believe the SMASH events are very impactful because they are focused on making sure those interactions and connections manifest. This is why they incorporated the NEEDS/WANTS walls, designated conversation tables for each art form, mentors, vendors, and other great activities.
4. The goal of SMASH is, in part, to bring creatives (& arts businesses) together to help all involved discover new collaborations, tools, and experiences across disciplines. Is there one need or resource or general theme you've noticed artists looking for?
Having interacted with many artists at SMASH and in my career I find that most artists need business guidance. This is yet another reason I believe events like SMASH are so essential.
5. Why should someone attend the SMASH Event next year?
Anyone in the creative community or looking to work with creatives should come to next years SMASH event because it's a lot of fun, you make great connections and network with intelligent people, you'll enjoy food and drinks, and it's all for free. I don't think anyone can think of a good reason not to come!