RE-THINK Symposium & Arts Festival is This Saturday at WELD

Posted by    |    October 19th, 2012 at 5:50 am

On October 20th, “change agents” from around Dallas will come together to speak at RE-THINK, an event put on by Walk The Light to explore the use of art as it relates to the common good. Culture’s role in society has been changing in recent years, and Dallas is no exception. According to the RE-THINK mission statement, “We believe that now is the time to re-think presumptions about the purpose of art, and how it relates to the goings-on in Dallas.”

The symposium will take place at 7 p.m. at WELD in the Design District, an area that is not only full of art and culture but is also changing just as rapidly as the world of art. Along with drinks, food and art on display, the following people will be speaking at the symposium:

Carlos Cazares, Mexican visual artist, curator for the Renacimiento Cultural Foundation and board member of Walk the Light

Merrick Pickens, artist advocate and founder of CreateGate, an organization that challenges artists to use their vision for positive impact in the world

Laura Allen, founder and executive director of Walk the Light and founder of Pencil, Inc., which consults for and performs business start-up and management services

Jenny White, executive director of Art House Dallas and board member for Art House America

Andrew Howard, co-founder of the Better Block Project and an active transportation planner focused on vibrant, walkable communities and sustainable urbanism

Brandon Castillo, founder and director of Deep Ellum Outdoor Market, Pegasus Plaza Market and Deep Ellum Food Truck Rally

Lisa Walters, owner and founder of FreeLisa Designs, an eco-friendly screen printing and graphic design business and founder of Banner Theory, a nonprofit that converts reclaimed billboard vinyl into accessories and indoor/outdoor furniture and whose profits benefit other nonprofits consistent with Lisa’s mission

Justin Nygren, co-founder of ArtLoveMagic

Vynsie Law, co-owner of We Are 1976

Kyle Steed, graphic artist and illustrator

Shane Spillers, partner in Eno’s, Oddfellows and Union Bear restaurants

Walk the Light is a nonprofit that believes the biggest influence on a city or society is art; “We believe that artists carry the soul of a society; they broadcast the pulse of a community of people.” Their events hope to give artists a venue to exchange ideas, collaborate on projects and to contribute to the idea that art can be a powerful vehicle for change.

Tickets for RE-THINK are $10 and can be purchased here.