Arts Society & Culture

Panel discussion for Thinc. at UGA will highlight arts-based entrepreneurship

Athens, Ga. – University of Georgia faculty and alumni will share new perspectives on the arts and entrepreneurship in a panel session March 28 at 3:30 p.m. in Room 101 of the Miller Learning Center. The discussion is organized by Ideas for Creative Exploration in cooperation with the Jane and Harry Willson Center for the Humanities and Arts as part of the university’s Thinc. at UGA Entrepreneurial Week.

Thinc. at UGA is an initiative of the Office of the Vice President for Research.

Mark Callahan, artistic director of ICE, will serve as the panel’s moderator. Other participants are Connie Frigo, a visiting professor of saxophone in the Hugh Hodgson School of Music in the Franklin College of Arts and Sciences, and UGA alumni Mitchell Jarrett and Ashley Buchanan.

Frigo is an accomplished performer, former Fulbright Scholar and author of the “Entrepreneurship 101” column in Saxophone Journal. She focuses much of her teaching on areas beyond the stage and classroom. In 2011, she launched “Road of Creativity,” a business dedicated to teaching entrepreneurship and creativity to musicians.

Mitchell Jarrett studied anthropology, Chinese and film at UGA. He co-wrote and co-produced the 2012 film “The Taiwan Oyster,” which his brother Mark directed. Together they raised more than $20,000 through the funding platform Kickstarter to support making the film, which screened in competition at South by Southwest in 2012. Mitchell Jarrett also co-founded the Athens restaurant Mama’s Boy.

Ashley Buchanan graduated with a bachelor of fine arts in jewelry and metalwork from UGA in 2009. She now makes jewelry full time from her home studio in Johnson City, Tenn., selling her work through galleries, boutiques, fairs and the Internet. Her jewelry combines industrial materials with details inspired by antique forms.

Thinc. at UGA kicks off with Entrepreneurial Week March 22-29. The weeklong celebration includes lectures, workshops, panel discussions, competitions and networking events that promise to engage, inspire and build the confidence that will help take business ideas from concepts to reality. Events will showcase entrepreneurial efforts by UGA faculty, students and alumni and will provide insights from nationally recognized entrepreneurship experts. For more information and complete schedule of events, see

Ideas for Creative Exploration
Ideas for Creative Exploration is a catalyst for innovative, interdisciplinary creative projects, advanced research and critical discourse in the arts and for creative applications of technologies, concepts and practices found across disciplines. It is a collaborative network of faculty, students and community members from all disciplines of the visual and performing arts in addition to other disciplines in the humanities and sciences. ICE enables all stages of creative activity, from concept and team formation through production, documentation and dissemination of research. For more information, see

Willson Center for Humanities and Arts
The Jane and Harry Willson Center for Humanities and Arts is a unit of the Office of the Vice President for Research. In the service of its mission to promote research and creativity in the humanities and arts, the Willson Center sponsors and participates in numerous public events on and off the UGA campus throughout the academic year. It supports faculty through research grants, lectures, symposia, publications, visiting scholars, visiting artists, collaborative instruction, public conferences, exhibitions and performances. For more information, see