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Tempe Creatives: Getting Your Foot in the Door

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"Art can be isolating, but it is so great when we can get together and discuss real actual positive steps to building our portfolio and business."
           - Quote from a Workshop Attendee

Yes, you can make a living as an artist. And this is how to start. Find out how artists Eunique Yazzie, Melissa Waddell, and Nicole Olson got their foot in the door and landed the job. Then learn tips and tricks for packaging your digital portfolio in a workshop lead by Evie Carpenter and Ty Largo from the AWE Collective.You’ll leave the workshop ready to get noticed. Expect encouragement, tough love and the secrets to being an entrepreneur and a working artist. 

September 20, 2017, 6 p.m.-8 p.m.
Tempe History Museum
809 E Southern Ave. Tempe, AZ 85282

Attendee Survey / Artist Survey


Workshop Leaders

Eunique Yazzie


Eunique grew up in Rapid City SD and the Navajo Nation in Chinle, Arizona where she developed a passion for design from her family, school, and community. She earned her bachelor’s degree in visual communication in 2003, and her creativity ranges from illustrations to mural and community engagement projects; as well as branding and identity insights to digital web experiences. She is also a Mujeres del Sol poet and storyteller.Her work has been displayed at the 1Spot Gallery, Heard Museum, 6th Avenue Gallery in Phoenix, Palabras Bookstore, and the Navajo Nation Fine Arts Museum. She founded euniQue LLC in 2014 to share her experience and creative approach with organizations in developing functional cultural design.


Nicole Olson

Nicole Olson
After training at Milwaukee Ballet School and receiving her BFA in Ballet and Modern from Univ of WI-Stevens Point, Nicole has performed nationally and internationally with Scorpius Dance Theatre, Bauer Contemporary Ballet, Liliana Gomez, Center Dance Ensemble, Phoenix Opera, and Dulce Dance. Alongside her company work, Ms. Olson creates diverse pieces for Public Art and Site-specific adventures. These venues include Phoenix Art Museum, {9} The Gallery, and Grand Arthaus. She has choreographed for Phoenix Theatre’s “Evita” and Stray Cat Theatre’s “Heathers”. Nicole is Director of Dance at Metropolitan Arts Institute and continues to teach dance throughout the country. / /


Melissa Waddell

Melissa Waddell

Melissa Waddell is a self taught cut paper artist, analog designer, musician, & also works with the youth.Her biggest and on going accomplishments is branding Phoenix Afrobeat Orchestra in which she also plays with.Logos, flyers, albums and all merchandise are branded with her paper cut style.




Ty James Largo

College dropout-turned top of his game, two-fold minority business owner Ty James Largo pilots his award-winning creative marketing agency, AWE Collective, which reps some of the biggest hospitality, retail, finance, restaurants, events and real estate names and brands in the Southwestern United States.


Evie Carpenter

As a seasoned journalist and media-hungry publicist, Evie knows it takes more than a badass pitch to get the cover. Going to great lengths to tell a client’s story, she can write, photograph and film every detail, crafting a compelling print-ready write-up paired with a social media savvy video package.




Tempe Creative workshops has received funding as participants in an ASU Entrepreneurship + Innovation initiative to increase inclusion in entrepreneurship for women and minority business owners. ASU E+I recently won the Kauffman Inclusion Challenge for this initiative. This program is supported by the City of Tempe's Economic Development and Arts and Culture Divisions.

Maja Aurora, Director of Arts Engagement
Julie Akerly, Arts Engagement Specialist
Jill Buschbacher, Economic Development Program Manager