Break it Down, Make it Better

  • Hosted by Heather Duffy

Break it Down, Make it Better is a series of events aimed at producing educational programming, discussions, and professional development opportunities for artists, musicians, and curators in West Michigan. These programs are presented through a partnership with Avenue for the Arts, ArtPrize, and Little Space Studio. The Break it Down, Make it Better podcast is created in partnership with WGVU Public Media and is hosted by Heather Duffy and produced by Rick Bierling.

Break it Down, Make it Better: Making the Pitch

Feb 11, 2020
Break it Down, Make it Better
Avenue for the Arts

Episode 3:  Making the Pitch

Chris Fredricks is the founder of OPEN co. a design studio focused on building brands, in Grand Rapids, Michigan. The studio is an incubator for brands we launch, a platform to educate entrepreneurs in our community and a design studio. Chris started OPEN co. after four years as the Graphic Designer for the sun care company Sun Bum. He is currently a Visiting Professor of Graphic Design at Grand Valley State University, and he talks to us about building and managing your brand.

Featured guests: 

Break it Down, Make it Better: Nothing is Original

Jan 29, 2020
Break it Down, Make it Better
Avenue for the Arts

Episode 2:  Nothing is original.

Is there such a thing as an original idea in art?  In anything?  When making work that crosses boundary lines of medium, what does it mean to create "in response to..." or "influenced by..." or "in collaboration with..."?

Featured guests: 

Jeen Na, artist and Zachary Trebellas, artist; Avenue for the Arts Advisory Board Member

Break it Down, Make it Better
Avenue for the Arts

Episode 1:  Existentialism strikes! 

What is Break it Down Make it Better?  What was it in years past?  What will it be in the future?  Why is it a podcast right now?  What happens when you speak into the microwave?  WHAT DOES IT ALL MEAN?

Featured guests: 

Katie Moore, artist; Exhibitions Manager, ArtPrize and Zachary Trebellas, artist; Avenue for the Arts Advisory Board Member