Crafty Mart Team Profiles: Julian Curet

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Crafty Mart Team Profiles: Julian Curet

Team Crafty Mart is growing! Welcome our new Development and Grantwriting Intern Julian.

GET TO KNOW THE CRAFTY MART TEAM: JULIAN CURET

I’m your friendly neighborhood intern! Thanks to Crafty Mart and the EX[L] Center at the University of Akron, I have a great opportunity to gain experience with content and grant writing. Currently, I am an English and anthropology double major at UA. After I graduate in the spring of 2018, I plan to attend Kent State University and earn a graduate degree in cultural anthropology. My goal is to use writing to conduct research (or help gain funding for it), and produce factual but accessible content that helps people understand people. That will be my superhero job. In the meanwhile, grant writing for meaningful projects will help make the world a better place one word at a time.

Going to school full-time is only a part of what I do. I am also a husband, father of four children, and a musician. I love singing, playing guitar, and songwriting. You can find my music online and sometimes I play out in the area. My wife, Nicole, is the Generosity Impact Director at Domestic Violence Project, Inc. in Canton. Our children are spread out over high school, middle school, and elementary school. They keep us pretty busy. And, I would be nothing without my family. It’s really because of their support that I am able to go back to school.

I look forward to learning from, working with, and being a part of the Crafty Mart team and contributing to all the great work they do in Akron!

Ever wondered about the rest of the people behind Crafty Mart? Revisit the rest of our Team Profiles here!

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5 Ways to Get the Most Out of Your Trip to the 5th Annual Mom & Pop Shoppe

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5 Ways to Get the Most Out of Your Trip to the 5th Annual Mom & Pop Shoppe

We are so pumped about our annual spring show! This year, The Mom & Pop Shoppe is timed perfectly-- it's the day before Mother's Day, just in time for graduation party season and Father's Day too!

1. GET THERE EARLY!

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This year, we are offering early bird access tickets! For a $7 ticket, you can beat the crowd. You’re also guaranteed a hand screenprinted canvas (thanks Champaign Paper!) shopping bag full of coupons and swag from local businesses and a free drink! (Choose from a coffee from Akron Coffee Roasters, a mimosa or a NORKA soda or water.)

You can purchase tickets here, and there will be a limited amount available at the door if they don’t sell out first! Early bird ticketholders must enter at Summit Artspace to check in.

Don't stress about heading downtown. There's plenty of parking and it's free on the weekends! We recommend the lot between Summit Artspace and the Akron Art Museum!

2. VISIT ALL THREE VENUES

We're once again taking over Musica, the Akron Art Museum and Summit Artspace! Where ever you enter, you'll receive a "passport card" and once you get a stamp from all three venues, you can claim a free raffle ticket to win one of many awesome gift baskets full of handmade goodies! You can also purchase additional raffle tickets. The raffle is right next to the Crafty Mart bar on the 3rd floor of Summit Artspace.

One of the coolest things about shopping at Crafty Mart is that you can purchase items directly from the people who make them. Have you been following our vendor spotlight posts on our blog? You can

And here is a complete list of vendors and where they're located so that you can plan out your shopping list!

3. EAT!

We are sad to acknowledge that this is the first Crafty Mart in a post-Urban Eats Akron, but we're excited to welcome Ms. Julie's Kitchen who will be setting up in their old space at Musica! Ms. Julie offers amazing snacks and meals that are exotic and vegan-friendly!

Western Fruit Basket will be set up at Summit Artspace, and the Akron Art Museum's cafe has amazing soups, wraps, and a great selection of beer and wine.

Sweet Mary's Bakery and Akron Coffee Roasters are both open for your breakfast needs, too!

4. EXPERIENCE ART

We're offering a series of DIY workshops throughout the event. Choose to make Beeswax Candles, carve a Block Print stamp and make a masterpiece,  paint your favorite New Wave artist with smARTStudio Akron, or drop your kids off to make Whimsical Windchimes!

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Beyond that, the Akron Art Museum Galleries are open throughout the event! Check out their latest exhibitions. We highly recommend Please Touch for a family-friendly interactive art experience.

And the galleries at Summit Artspace are open, too! Make sure to check out the exhibition Summit Artspace Period featuring the work of artists based in the building.

5. MAKE A DAY OF IT

Why not spend the whole day enjoying our beautiful downtown? Take a visit to the Akron Children's Museum or the Nightlight Theater, make plans for dinner at one of our amazing downtown restaurants like Nuevo, Crave, Bricco or the Lockview.

Apotheclaire is having some really cool pop ups from Noon-4pm with artist and calligrapher, Karrie Miller and Health & Wellness Coach Hannah Troyer.

After the market, stay for a show at Blu Jazz, Jilly's Music Room or head to None Too Fragile Theater in the valley!

Who says there's nothing cool to do in Akron?! For more exciting stuff, check out SummitLive365's website where you can search events by date or category.

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Vendor Spotlight: Regeeked

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Vendor Spotlight: Regeeked

THIS IS JUST ONE IN A SERIES OF VENDOR SPOTLIGHTS WHERE WE LET THOSE WHO WILL BE SHARING THEIR WARES SHINE A LIGHT ON WHAT IT IS THEY DO! WE ASKED DAENA FROM REGEEKED TO INDULGE US BY ANSWERING A FEW QUESTIONS.

HERE'S WHAT SHE HAD TO SAY:

1). What's your name, where are you from and what is it that you make?

I am Daena Urbanski and I hail from Akron’s northern neighbor, Cuyahoga Falls. I am the hands behind ReGeeked, a line of wallets and accessories hand crafted with recycled comic book pages.

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2). How did you acquire the unique skill set to do what it is you do?

Growing up, I was in love with fashion design and the idea that I could make and design my own clothes however I wanted. I quickly learned I did not have the patience to finish even half the overly ambitious patterns I had started and continued to admire designing from afar, though I still tried to incorporate fashion into every high school art assignment I could. Fast forward to 2011, I was looking for a comic book wallet for myself (Batman, of course). At the time, no one had exactly what I wanted with the quality I desired. Thinking I should give up the search, a little lightbulb went off as I drove past the local comic book store. Turns out I have just the right amount of patience for making my own wallet patterns and I have been using comic books as my fabric of choice ever since.

3). What is your best seller?

This all varies throughout the year depending on what TV show is in season or which upcoming superhero movie just dropped a new trailer, but no matter what I do, I can never seem to keep Batman in stock.

4). How long have you been vending? Have you done a Crafty Mart show before?

It took me almost two years after I started making wallets to work up the courage to set up a table anywhere. My first show was the Cleveland Craft Coalition holiday show in 2012 and I couldn’t have asked for a friendlier first experience! Since then I have enjoyed participating in many craft shows and comic conventions all over Northeast Ohio. My first Crafty Mart show was the 2015 holiday show and I am very excited to be participating in The Mom & Pop Shoppe for the first time this year.

5). The Beatles or The Rolling Stones?

The Doors.

FAIR ENOUGH! THANKS, DAENA FOR ANSWERING OUR QUESTIONS! LOOK FOR REGEEKED AT CRAFTY MART!

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Vendor Spotlight: Our Daily Bread

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Vendor Spotlight: Our Daily Bread

THIS IS JUST ONE IN A SERIES OF VENDOR SPOTLIGHTS WHERE WE LET THOSE WHO WILL BE SHARING THEIR WARES SHINE A LIGHT ON WHAT IT IS THEY DO! WE ASKED RON FROM OUR DAILY BREAD TO INDULGE US BY ANSWERING A FEW QUESTIONS.

HERE'S WHAT HE HAD TO SAY:

1). What's your name, where are you from and what is it that you make?

The answer to the Ultimate Question of Life, The Universe and Everything Else is "42."

Ron Hart and Susan Littell of Our Daily Bread Bakery! I am from California and I've been here 27 years. Susan is an Akron Native.

The Name is a dead give away. We make bread, Pastry Pies, Cookies and Fudge.

2). How did you acquire the unique skill set to do what it is you do?

Susan has been at her craft since the time she could hold a mixer.  She was 8 years old then.  About 40+ years now.

3). What is your best seller?

Other than everything we make, The Apple Chop Chop Bread is the front runner.

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4). How long have you been vending? Have you done a Crafty Mart show before?

I've been in sales and marketing for most of my adult life. This business was started at Farm Markets in 2009 and we've been doing Crafty Mart for about 2 years now.

5). The Beatles or The Rolling Stones?

Rolling Stones, gonna get my picture on the cover of the Rolling Stone. Gonna buy 5 copies for my Mother. 

THANKS, RON AND SUSAN! LOOK FOR OUR DAILY BREAD AT THE NEXT CRAFTY MART, OR CHECK OUT THEIR BAKERY ANYTIME AT 270 WEST AVENUE IN TALLMADGE.

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Maker Session #5: Developing Creative Habits

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Maker Session #5: Developing Creative Habits

SAVE THE DATE FOR OUR FINAL PANEL DISCUSSION!

MAY 25th - 7pm - DEVELOPING CREATIVE HABITS

Our last Maker Session of series 2 is coming to an end. For this last session, we wanted to leave you with a few tips on the importance of self-care, collaboration, and finding a schedule that works for your creative lifestyle. We will also be giving you a taste of Series 3. You don't want to miss this sessions! 

And just in case you missed it: here are some takeways from our last session about "How to Be a Crafty Superstar" as reported by the Cleveland Plain Dealer.

GET YOUR TICKET HERE!

We will once again be at the lovely Akron Art Museum on May 25th from 6-9pm.

The panel discussion will begin at 7pm, but we encourage you to use the first hour to network, eat, drink and visit the Museum's current exhibitions, found here.

We have a panel of stellar creative entrepreneurs ready to talk you through the importance of developing creative habits.

MEET THE PANELISTS: 

Betty Floored is the founder and director of Handmade Toledo, a creative multipurpose space including a Maker Shoppe featuring all handmade goods, a Workshop that keeps the creativity flowing by offering a variety of hands on, make-and-take classes and skill-shares, Maker Studios (including her killer sewing studio), and an Event Space that hosts art related events, concerts, theater productions, artisan markets, film screenings, gallery shows, and their very own indie craft fair, Maker's Mart, that they hold twice a year.

Before founding Handmade Toledo in 2012, Betty stumbled into a love affair with sewing and started her first handmade business, Oh Sew Betty, after graduating from college with her Art Education Degree. She's taught art for 10+ years to all ages ranging from Pre-k to College.

Not only has Betty started a couple businesses, she also is a founding member of her local roller derby league, The Glass City Rollers.

Chris Miller will be our moderator for this session.  

Chris Miller is a multimedia storyteller who spent six years managing the Akron Digital Media Center, exploring new models of grassroots, neighborhood journalism. Chris works as a Communications and Community Investment Officer at Akron Community Foundation, where he researches grant applications, works with nonprofits and shares stories of ACF grantees and fundholders through numerous media outlets. He also serves as editor of the Akronist.com website.  

When he's not juggling multiple projects, he likes to write and play music.

Elisa Gargarella, Tenured Associate Professor of Art Education, began teaching at UA in 2001. She earned a PhD in Curriculum and Instructional Studies from the University of Akron; an MA in Education from Chatham College; and a BA in Communications with a Minor in Studio Art from Denison University.

Dr. Gargarella has been the only full time art education faculty member within the Art Department at the University of Akron for fourteen years. She developed five outreach arts-based programs for the community, and has helped to place over 75% of her students in full time art teaching positions.

Dr. Gargarella's research is based on community based art education, eco-justice and social justice education through the arts, pre-service teacher engagement, and urban revitalization through public and school arts partnerships.

Dr. Gargarella is faculty and coordinator of the Art Education program at UA. She is creator and director of the award winning Arts LIFT program, a summer arts residency for inner city high school students that has produced 11 major public art installations throughout Summit County. As director of Arts LIFT, Elisa has created a model for community-based and ecology-based art education that has received local and national attention. Elisa has won multiple grants and awards for her outstanding faculty engagement for her work and research on such programming.

Chris Glass is a designer from Cincinnati, Ohio working on things like identities, websites, applications and t-shirts.

He most recently took a yearlong civic sabbatical to explore intentional photography and encourage being a tourist in your own city as a Haile Fellow.

In his spare time, he devises schemes to create spare time.

Chris Glass spoke at Creative Mornings and Midwest Craft Con about how design has helped him thought life. Check it out here!

Beyond all the great info you'll get from our speakers. The Maker Sessions is also a place to connect with other local creative entreprenuers! Catered food will be provided, and food and drink for purchase are available at the Art Museum's Cafe. Don't miss this chance to network with fellow artists and makers along with free admission to the Art Museum's exhibits and galleries.

Registration and snacks will take place from 6-7pm, and the program will begin in the Museum Auditorium at 7pm with a panel discussion followed by Q&A with the audience.

GET YOUR TICKET HERE!

The Maker Sessions are made possibly by the generous support of the Burton D. Morgan Foundation and the Akron Art Museum.

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