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This KickstART event is geared toward a wide audience with a goal of increasing knowledge and awareness about the importance and validity of fine and performing arts.

  • Current DSU students have the unique opportunity to see how involvement in the arts translates to real career opportunity through the shared experiences of individuals such as entrepreneurs, community leaders, and political figures.

  • In addition to the benefits listed above, high school students will gain insight into a number of industries, as well as consider potential university major/minor options.

  • Any other guests who have an interest in the fine and performing arts will enjoy hearing from any of the special speakers slated to speak at this event.


Registration to attend is FREE.  We ask individuals and groups to register in advance so that we can ensure space availability, plan meals, accommodate for parking, and other logistics. 

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Date, Time and Location

Oct. 4th 2017 from 9-2:30 p.m in Beck Auditorium

Tentative Schedule

Additional details will be added as the event date approaches. 

Wednesday, October 4th, 2017

8:30 – 9:00 | Registration

9:00 – 9:10 | Welcome

9:10 – 10:00 | “How My Minor Helped My Career” (Panel Discussion)

  • A panel discussing the advantages of minoring in the arts for not only landing a job, but also succeeding at that job.

10:00 – 10:10 | Break

10:10 – 11:00 | Side Gig in the Arts (Panel Discussion)

  • Not only are the arts enjoyable, but they can also earn you some extra spending money! This panel will discuss ways that people are making some extra cash through their talent in the arts.

11:00 – 12:00 | Lunch, Performances, and Presentation "The Accidental Artist"

  • In 2011, Marty Odermann-Gardner faced a tough choice. A degenerative neuromuscular disorder slowed her down from her energetic self to a woman who now used a walker to move about. After a few good cries, and a pity party or two, she began to pursue her life-long passion of working with fabric. This is her inspirational story of how she turned that passion of sewing quilts for beds into a new art form of creating fiber art that tells a story.

12:00 – 12:15 | Break

12:15 –1:15 | Break-out Sessions

  • Q&A with the Artist – Get an inside look behind the art exhibited in the Mind’s Eye Art gallery by artist Marty Odermann-Gardner.

  • It's Not What You Say, It's How You Say It. - A few, a small number, not many, but some words on the art and craftiness of the oral interpretation of literature.

  • More Sessions Coming Soon!

1:15 – 1:30 p.m. | Break

1:30 – 2:30 p.m. | Art Opportunities in Dickinson - Presenter: Shawn Kessel

Do you love the arts? Are you an artist living in Dickinson? We need your help! The City of Dickinson has two new opportunities for local artists. Stop by to hear more about how you can make a difference and leave a legacy in the city.