Meet fellow WV artists and arts leaders.
Build strategies to shape the future of our industry.
Leave ready to take action.

We are at a pivotal stage in our history. Not only is the economic and social landscape of West Virginia changing, our creative industry is experiencing the culmination of a decades-long shift in American values. Rapidly advancing technology, an increasing reliance on big box stores, a declining emphasis on arts education, and other trends have led to radical changes in what it takes for entrepreneurs to build a successful business in the arts and creative fields.

How do we build a new path in light of these challenges, and how do we turn them into opportunities?

Make your voice heard and build actionable platforms to improve the state of the arts and creative industries in West Virginia today. Join with established and emerging artists from across the state to discuss how we can best work together to improve our chances of success.

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Saturday, February 11, 10 am – 4 pm


Flatwoods Conference Center at Days Inn + Suites
350 Days Drive
Sutton, WV 26601
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A 10% discount on lodging is offered to all attendees. Please mention the Tamarack Foundation’s Arts Business Think Tank when inquiring.


$40 (includes lunch)

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AM Activities

  • 10 – 10:15: Opening Remarks
  • 10:15 – 10:35: Keynote speaker Ron Hinkle (Master Glass Artist and Vice President of Operations, Blenko Glass)
  • 10:45 – 11:45: Panel #1 – Communicating in the Digital Age: Selling to an Online Audience with panelists Michael Ray (Owner, West Fork Pottery); Randall Sanger (Owner, Randall Sanger Photography); and Eric Young (Owner, Mountaineer Brand)
  • 10:45 – 11:45: Panel #2 – Business Fundamentals: Creating Your Model, Connecting to Customers, and Managing Time with panelists Ginger Danz (Fine Artist); Nellie Rose (Owner, Nellie Rose Textiles); Matthew Thomas (Owner, ThomasWork)

PM Activities

  • 12 – 1: Lunch + Artist Networking Breakout by Discipline, Facilitated Discussion
  • 1 – 3:45: What’s Next for West Virginia Artists? community + business group discussion facilitated by Natalie Roper (Executive Director, Generation WV) and Kent Spellman (former Executive Director, WV Community Development Hub); presented in partnership with the WV Center for Civic Life
  • 3:45 – 4: Closing Remarks


For answers to questions on the event concept, background, and logistics such as…

  • What is the Think Tank, and why did you create it?
  • How will attending the Think Tank benefit me?
  • Who belongs at the Think Tank?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Is lunch included?

…visit our Frequently Asked Questions page »


Keynote Speaker

ron-hinkleRon Hinkle
Master Glass Artist; Vice President of Operations, Blenko Glass Company
Bio »

What’s Next for West Virginia Artists? Facilitators

natalie-roperNatalie Roper
Executive Director, Generation West Virginia
Bio »


kent-spellmanKent Spellman
Former Executive Director, West Virginia Community Development Hub
Bio »

Communicating in the Digital Age Panelists

Michael Ray
West Fork Pottery
Bio »


Randall Sanger
Randall Sanger Photography
Bio »


Eric Young
Mountaineer Brand
Bio »


Business Fundamentals Panelists

Ginger Danz
Fine Artist
Bio »


Nellie Rose
Nellie Rose Textiles
Bio »


Matthew Thomas
Bio »