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Posted on: February 24, 2022

[ARCHIVED] Arts Builds Business Builds Arts (ABBA) Workshop


Chelsa Morahan, Athens Municipal Arts Commission


UPDATE 3/24/2022 - To jump start our work growing our local creative economy the Athens Municipal Arts Commission (AMAC) is proud to present our first AIR Institute Art Builds Business Builds Art (ABBBA) workshop on Tuesday, March 29, 2022 from 5-7PM. Based on the preferences of current registrations, this workshop will be held in person at the Athens Community Center at 701 E State Street in Athens, Ohio. Facilitators for this workshop will be local community members, Emily Prince and Ruth Dudding. Please note, masks are requested, but not required.

The AIR Institute is a national creativity-focused economic development nonprofit that provides rural and under-resourced communities with programming that inspires new connections and ignites the creative economy. Creative people expand business skills, businesspeople get more creative; they learn to collaborate, adapt, and thrive together. 

The ABBBA Workshop on Tuesday, March 29, 2022 will bring together our arts and businesspeople for a two-hour interactive workshop. The Workshop will include new and current statistics about the value of the creative economy, introductions to design thinking, the AIR Programs, and hands on exercises that will help Athens explore how to leverage and grow our local creative economy. The Workshop uses the AIR Institute’s Creative Economy Growth Process that inspires community resilience, new leaders, local investment, diverse economy, and hope. 

Thousands of people have attended ABBBA Workshops across the country, spurring the growth of creative economies wherever they occur. People who should attend include creative types: artists, musicians, sculptors, writers, dancers, museum administrators, librarians, parks and trails volunteers, craft food and beverage makers, local restaurant owners. Also, all innovators: creative accountants, landscape designers, marketing firms, product designers, game developers, videographers, and graphic designers.


AMAC is leading AIR work in Athens and is presenting the ABBBA Workshop. Other partners include the City of Athens Arts, Parks, and Recreation Department. We highly encourage the participation of local High School students and those in the global majority. Let’s build our creative economy, together!


The mission of AMAC is to make recommendations to the Mayor, City Council, and the

community in that enhances the existing cultural resources of the area; encourages new

opportunities for the creation, performance, and exhibition of all the arts; and promotes policies

and activities that preserve the beauty, history, and culture of the region.


For more information and to register, please visit 


For more information on the Athens Municipal Arts Commission, please visit


For more information on the City of Athens Arts, Parks and Recreation Department, please visit 

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