Be a part of the conversation
Each month we bring the community together to discuss a wide variety of arts-related topics (see past discussions below). This free series features keynote speakers, from both inside and outside of Memphis, in a fun, casual, after-work setting with beverages and snacks. Each spark starts at 6:30p and typically lasts one hour. Come listen, come join in the conversation, or just come meet some new like-minded friends. We also have periodic spark jr. events which are geared toward families. Check out our Facebook events section for upcoming events, and if you have an idea for a future discussion, please email us at email@example.com. We look forward to sparking a conversation with you soon!
Fri, Oct 23, 6:30p, Playhouse Cafe | Choreographer's Chat: Steven McMahon
Join Steven McMahon as he discusses his interpretation of this classic ballet, making it relevant to modern audiences.
November 10 “Imagineers: Artists speak on capturing Creativity”
Two Imagineers will explore the nature, power and positive impact of imagination on their work. They will lead attendees on a journey through the ah-ha moments and recapturing them. They will also discuss their process for thinking big. This will be presented as a Q&A session.
January 26 “Places, part 1: Reimagining our city”
Reimagining our city will speak to the need of continuity in urban planning and maintaining our historical legacy through architecture. How place defines our city and our individual lives.
February 19 “Chat with the Choreographers: Places, part 2”
March 18 “Spillit – Artists on their art”
This special education of the popular Spillit will have 6 artists tell 5 minute the story about their art. How it makes them feel and the struggle to perfect their craft will be explored. The format will also be open to two guest artist from the audience. Spillit will capture all the stories and present them on their website. Audience will also participate in online and onsite questions. These answers will be read between artists.
April 9 “Artists – Keepers of Tradition”
The Keepers of Tradition will hear from craftmen and women who continue cultural traditions. It will examine their resulting family relationships, quality of excellence
Check out clips from past spark conversations here:
- Khaki Walton, WKNO, on fairytales and storytelling: intro, oral stories and history of fairytales
- Ned Canty, Opera Memphis, on YouTube and the arts: marketing, exposure, vs. live performance
- Ekundayo Bandele, Hattiloo Theatre on diversity in the arts
- Joel Parsons, Beige, on diversity in the arts
- Richard Lou, University of Memphis, on diversity in the arts
- Steven McMahon, Ballet Memphis, on the making of Wizard of Oz
- Dr. Robert Niemeyer, University of Memphis, and Julia Adam, choreographer, on death and family in art