View and listen to the 2013 Professional Development Seminar talk, “The Unexpected Purple Cow: Pop-Up Stores and Alternative Exhibition Spaces,” by Natasha Granatstein. The 2013 PDS took place at the SNAG conference in Toronto in May. Additional talks will be posted every week.
View and listen to the 2013 Professional Development Seminar Introduction, “Sacred Cow, Purple Cow, Cash Cow,” by Andy Cooperman, Brigitte Martin and Harriete Estel Berman. The 2013 PDS took place at the SNAG conference in Toronto in May. Additional talks will be posted every week.
THE 2013 EDUCATIONAL ENDOWMENT SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENTS:
SNAG $2,000 Award
Michael O’Neill, graduate student at State University of New York, New Paltz
SNAG $1,500 Award
Alyssa Bogdan, undergraduate student at the College for Creative Studies
SNAG $1,000 Award
Jessica Todd, graduate student at Kent State University
Learn more about the Educational Endowment Scholarships
The SNAG 2013 election took place this month. Here are the results:
Board of Directors: Jim Bové and Becky McDonah
Nominations & Elections Committee: Laura Wood
All amendments passed with strong support from the membership:
Amendment shortening the term of board service and changing the structure of appointed positions
Amendment making the Treasurer an appointed position
Amendment shortening the term of the President
Thank you to all the candidates, to the members who voted, and to the Nominations & Elections Committee.
Board Member Welcome
Please join us in welcoming Todd Pownell to the board of directors.
Todd began his jewelry studies at the Bowman Technical School is Lancaster, PA, where he gained an in depth exposure to all jewelry making techniques. He completed the GIA Graduate course in Gemology, and is certified as both a Gemologist and a Gemologist Appraiser by the American Gem Society. He and his wife Debra are the founders and instructors at TAP studios, Cleveland, OH. TAP is an active jewelry workshop where beginning students learn the fundamentals of jewelry fabrication and advanced students improve their technical skills. Todd was one of two recipients of the 2013 Seth Rosenberg Prize, awarded through the Creative Workforce Fellowship, a program of the Cuyahoga Community Partnership for Arts and Culture.
Volunteer Coordinator Welcome
Please also welcome Katie Poterala, SNAG’s new Volunteer Coordinator. We have needs for short-term and long-term help with SNAG projects, programs and other areas. And we have lots of members with various skills and interests who really want to get involved with the organization.
We want to find out more about you and find a volunteer spot that fits you. It can be as simple as helping staff a booth or table when we’re at a show, or working with the office staff on things that need an extra hand (even long distance), or perhaps you’d like to get more involved with a project. For example, just recently Katie secured a volunteer who will handle getting SNAG’s press releases out to the community trumpeting what we’re doing, someone who is making a Powerpoint presentation of work featured in our Maker Profile Pages for the conference, and other folks who are volunteering to work with SNAG’s Social Media Officer, Loring Taoka, to create a vibrant online social community that will serve the interests of the membership.
If you want to get involved, we have lots of ways to use your enthusiasm and skill. We have a page on the SNAG website where soon we’ll post current volunteer openings with brief job descriptions, and an email leading to Katie. In the meantime, if you want to get in touch with Katie, her email address is volunteercoordinator@
Online voting in this year’s election opened on May 1st. There are open seats on the board of directors and the Nominations & Elections Committee, plus several ballot measures for revisions to the Constitution and Bylaws. We have three easy ways for you to vote: online voting, voting onsite at the conference, and mail in ballots. If you prefer to mail in a ballot, contact Tara Jecklin and she’ll get that to you asap. All mail in ballots must be postmarked no later than May 7th.
Voting is important. If you want a voice in the discussions and decisions made by the board, then exercise your right to vote. We strongly urge every member, including all student members, to take time to read what the candidates say and then VOTE.
See below for more information about the candidates and proposed amendments.