Sha Hwang: #NAMPC Closing Keynote!

Sha Hwang is both a data visualization and successful entrepreneur. Between his work repairing Healthcare.gov and founding two successful companies, Motivy (later acaquired by real estate startup Trulia) and Meshu, it is no surprise that by the age of 26 Hwang was one of Forbes’ 30 under 30. Recently, Hwang founded Gifpop, a new tool to create custom cards from animated .GIFs. Gifpop is not only a funnel for digital artists to create  and share their work in a fun, new way, but has also given a talented group of artists exploring an ephemeral art form a place in the fine arts canon.

Previously, Sha designed and built work for clients such as the New York Times, the Harvard Library Innovation Lab, CNN, MTV, Flickr, and Adobe. Sha will close out the 2014 Conference by talking to you about data, its roles and responsibilities, and the ways to engage with the many futures of arts cultures online.

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When the 2014 NAMP Conference heads to Atlanta, there will be no shortage of art to experience, sites to see, food and drink to be enjoyed, and activities to be done. We’ve narrowed it down to our Top 10 to make it a little easier—take a look!

  1. This year's NAMP Conference features more than 100 speakers, over 30 sessions, and two preconferences on topics including audience engagement, technology, consumer behavior, data analysis, pricing, diversity, and more!
  2. Step outside and get a breath of fresh air during the Morning Walk-Arounds in Piedmont Park, on Saturday and Sunday mornings, or by visiting the Imaginary Worlds plant scultpure exhibit at the Atlanta Botanical Gardens.
  3. Explore Midtown Atlanta, one of the region's defining urban district's, and home to some of the city's best shopping and dining destinations, museums and performance spaces, and the Conference headquarters, the brand new Lowes Atlanta Hotel.
  4. Join us for The Opening Reception at the High Museum of Art. Mingle and network with peers while enjoying some of Georgia finest fare and touring the High's newest architectural additions, designed by Renzo Piano.
  5. Take a moment to embrace the region's powerful history with a visit to the The Martin Luther King Jr. Center for Nonviolence Social Change and the brand new National Center for Civil and Human Rights.
  6. Come out and see your NAMP Conference friends and colleagues put on a show at NAMParoake!
  7. Stretch your legs through some of Atlanta’s most beautiful historic and walkable neighborhoods, like Virginia Highlands, Historic Fourth Ward, and Little Five Points , which is home to a number of noteworthy bars, restaurants and venues, such as Vortex, Junkman’s Daughter, Dad’s Garage Theatre, and Wrecking Bar Brewpub.
  8. If this is your first visit to Atlanta, this is your pass to stay on the beaten path and see all of the popular “tourist-y” attractions, including the Atlanta SkyView, World of Coke, Centennial Olympic Park, Georgia Aquarium, and the Atlanta Art Gallery!
  9. Spend some time catching up with friends over a drink at one of Atlanta’s premium bars—Clermont Lounge, Publik Draft House, and 866 Rooftop—and top restaurants—Gladys Knight’s Chicken and Waffles, Café Intermezzo, and JCT Kitchen (which offers Sunday dinner for under $25!).
  10. For a taste of Atlanta’s arts and culture, visit the Atlanta Beltline—a hub of arts and culture happenings , some great vistas of the city, and “a national example in urban development”!

REGISTER by the early-bird deadline of 8/29 to save big!

Lunch Keynote Announced!

The NAMP Conference is thrilled to announce internationally acclaimed American choreographer, performer, and teacher of contemporary dance and movement Elizabeth Streb as the 2014 Lunch Keynote. The New York Times wrote “by exploring the frontiers of performance space and creating works that reflect the spirit of our technological age, Ms. Streb is carrying dance into a new dimension.” Elizabeth is the founder of S.L.A.M. (STREB Lab for Action Mechanics), an open community and educational space where the public is encouraged to watch open rehearsals, take classes, and learn to fly. 

At the 2014 Conference, Streb will share her take on how the arts can leap fearlessly into the future. Filled with anecdotes and lessons on community engagement, you’ll hear about the importance of collaboration for organizational growth and walk away ready to take new risks in your everyday work.

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