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Virtual Third Thursday: Creative Entrepreneurship

Join Precious Wallace, artist, founder of King P. Studio, host of Art in Many Forms, and co-director of Diversity and Equity at AIGA Minnesota in conversation with Leeya Rose Jackson, Nina Belton, Gabrielle Roberts, and Kelsi Sharp about the challenges and rewards of owning and starting a creative business.

Host and Panelist Bios:

Precious N. Wallace (@ilikekingp) is a self-taught and professionally trained, graphic designer and creative. She has been working throughout the city of Minneapolis for over five years with non-profits and many others. She now owns King P. Studio and is finding ways to make space for women of color creators. Precious is a co-director of the AIGA Minnesota Diversity & Inclusion Committee.

Leeya Rose Jackson (@leeyamakesnoise) is an Art Director at Wieden +Kennedy, an illustrator, designer, and visual activist. She owns Noisemaker Studio (@noisemakers.psd), whose mission is to provide equitably priced design & branding to BIPOC projects and small businesses. She has done design work for the Coven Mpls, Women Winning: Maxine Waters Keynote, Heritage Teahouse, and many other brands. She is also currently co-heading an initiative to provide free self-care for BIPOC femmes in the Twin Cities area, called For Our Magic (@forourmagic).

Nina Belton  is the founder and creative mind behind The Styl’d Life by Nina B. (@the_styldlife) an interior design studio and home decor shop based in Los Angeles and Minneapolis. Nina travels all over to design homes, film and TV sets, events, and activations. She has been a creative entrepreneur for over 10 years.

Gabrielle Roberts is the owner of 612 Jungle (@612jungle), Minneapolis’s first & only hip hop yoga Studio, and recent host of 108 Sun Salutations for Change at Target Park. She completed her 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training at Lifetime in 2016, and since has completed an additional 200 hours in 2018.  After going through Teacher Training, she set out to make yoga accessible, relatable and empowering for everyone. She is known for her soulful approach to the practice and delivers in a light-hearted and comforting way.

Kelsi Sharp (@sharpdesign.co) is a graphic designer, signmaker, and embroidery enthusiast. Growing up in American Southwest, she is strongly influenced by the signage, gas stations, and other relics found on the historic Route 66 highway. After studying construction methods, earning certifications in fabrication technologies, and apprenticing in an iconic Santa Fe sign shop, Kelsi began Sharp Design, a signage and environmental design company based in the Midwest, with projects all over the country.

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