The Art of Technology

TechsmARTs is a free conversation series on topics converging at the intersection of arts and technology affecting artists and arts administrators. TechsmARTs consists of in-person meetup events and a monthly podcast. Podcasts are released monthly on the first of each month.

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Notes and Presentations from Previous Meetings


Monday, June 5, 2017 – 10:30am – 12:00pm – Digital Documentation and Storytelling 

A presentation and discussion for those who don’t work in traditional documentation formats. What concerns should professional artists address when photographing and presenting their work and telling the story of their arts business?

Location: MOCA GA, 75 Bennett St NW, Atlanta, GA 30309


Kimberley Binns, documentary filmmaker

Reis Birdwhistell, photographer

Click here for speaker’s full bios.

Resources referenced during this talk include:

Adobe Creative Cloud Editing Software. (Modules available include Premiere Pro for Film and Lightroom and Photoshop for Photography. Free trials available.)

See clips of this program available on Periscope: Digital Documentation and Storytelling Part 1 | Digital Documentation and Storytelling Part 2

Blog Post

Click here to download PDF versions on our blog of the slide shows presented for this meetup.


Monday, April 24, 2017 – 10:30am – 12:00pm – Arts Journalism in the Digital Age

Our panel of arts journalists and editors will discuss the ways that technology has influenced arts critique. How has the content, style and distribution of arts journalism and artistic critique changed as choices for journalistic consumption have increased?

Location: Auburn Avenue Research Library, 101 Auburn Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30303


Meredith Kooi – freelance arts writer

Floyd Hall – freelance arts writer and media specialist

Stephanie Cash –  Executive Editor,  Burnaway

Victoria Camblin –  Editor + Artistic Director, Art Papers

Laura Relyea – Executive Editor, ArtsATL

Click here for Speaker’s Full Bios.

Articles/resources referenced during this talk include:


See clips of this program available on Periscope: Arts Journalism in the Digital Age Part 1 | Arts Journalism in the Digital Age Part


Thursday, March 30, 2017 – 10:30am – 12:00pm – Hip Hop and Innovation.  Technology has helped to shape the work of Hip Hop artists since it’s inception. We’ll explore the historical implications and look at ways artists are using/can use soft and hard technology for education, cultural organizing and social justice. Babacar Ndiaye’s film “More Than Music” will be screened during this meetup.

Location: Tech Square Labs, 859 Spring St NW, Atlanta, GA 30308


Dr. Bettina Love, Associate Professor of Educational Theory & Practice –  University of Georgia

Alex Acosta – Co-founder of Soul Food Cypher

Babacar Ndiaye – filmmaker

Full Length Version of “More Than Music”: More Than Music

Link to Dr. Love’s free, online GET FREE Hip Hop Civics Curriculum: GET FREE Hip Hop Civics

See clips of this program available on Periscope: Hip Hop and Innovation 1 Hip Hop and Innovation 2


Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Topic: Arts, Technology and the Proliferation of Movements. em>A discussion on movements throughout history and their reliance and reaction to technology. How have changes in technology challenged artists’ work within a social context? Artist-activists Charmaine Minniefield and Fabian Williams will talk about their work embracing social and historical movements and utilizing technology as a catalyst.

Speakers: Charmaine Minniefield and Fabian Williams – visual artists

Location: Fuse Arts Center, 115 Martin Luther King Jr Dr SW, STE 225, Atlanta 30303

June 27, 2016

Topic: New Tech, New Art: Opportunities for Artists in the Tech Sector” What opportunities exist for artists to create new work or solve problems through collaborations with the tech sector? Focus for this meeting will be on opportunities for artists already working with technology as well as those working exclusively in traditional studio practices to collaborate through artist residencies, research programs, corporate collaborations and more. 


Vanessa Sigurdson – Artist in Residence Program Manager, Autodesk

Brian Magurko – Associate Professor of Digital Media and Head of ADAM Lab, Georgia Tech

Michael Nitsche – Head of Graduate Studies in Digital Media, Georgia Tech

For more information about the Autodesk Artist in Residence Program: AIR Autodesk

January 25, 2016

Topic: Interactive Technology & Tech Savvy Audiences

Guest Artist: Mark Gindick

Listen to the Full Discussion

Interview Trailer

Full Blog Post


November 9, 2015

Topic: IP & Copyright in the Digital Age


Listen to the Full Discussion

Full Blog Post

September 14, 2015

Topic: How Different Generations Use Social Media


  • Gregory Burbidge, Senior Program Specialist, Government Services at Atlanta Regional Commission
  • Veronica Kessenich, Executive Director, Atlanta Contemporary
  • Chelsea Steverson, Operations Manager, C4 Atlanta
  • Diana Toma, Professional Artist

Listen to the full Discussion


January 26, 2015

Topic: Teaching Arts Through Technology

Panel Discussion Guest Panel: Edwin Link, Nicole Livieratos, Dana Jung Munson, and David Crusoe

December 16, 2014

Topic: Website Building Tools (Wix vs Weebly vs Squarespace)

October 21, 2014

Topic: Spreadsheet Tricks for Artists

August 13, 2014

Topic: Google Hangout Blog

Post & Presentation

May 19, 2014

Guest Speaker: Maris Smith Topic: Going Mobile

Blog Post & Audio

February 25, 2014

Guest Speaker: Ruth Schowalter Topic: The Daily Blog


December 3, 2013

Guest Speakers: Russell Gottschalk, Atlanta Jewish Music Festival; and Victoria Holland, daughter of Jessyca Holland

Topic: On Tumblr

October 9, 2013

Guest Speakers: Tomer Tishgarten and Asia Matos, ARKE Systems

Topic: The 5 10 things artists should know about Google Analytics

Blog Post Presentation

August 27, 2013

Guest Speaker: John Saddington

Topic: The importance of an artist’s blog

April 15, 2013

Guest Speaker: Susan Perrilloux Billeaud

Topic: Equity Crowdfunding

Notes: Crowdfunding: The Next Evolution in Small Business Finance

February 5, 2013

Guest Speaker: Jenny Munn, SEO Copywriter

Topic: SEO on a Budget Notes and Materials


December 5, 2012

Guest Speaker: Stuart Shapiro, Binders Art Supplies and Frames

Topic: Engaging a Community with Twitter Using Twitter

October 19, 2012

Guest Speaker: Melanie Collins, Analogy Marketing

Hosted by: Foundation Center Atlanta

Topic: Digital Marketing Digital Advertising

June 25, 2012

Guest Speaker: Jason Holland, Holland IT Consulting

Hosted by: The Atlanta Opera

Topic: Cloud Computing

Notes and Audio

April 18, 2012

Guest Speaker: Mark Elliot, The Weather Channel

Hosted by: Atlanta Contemporary Art Center

Topic: Transitioning to Social Media

Presentation and Notes

February 22, 2012

Presentations from:

Hosted by: The Center for Puppetry Arts

Topic: Video Production

Presentation Blog Report (Includes audio, plus videos mentioned throughout the presentations)

Tutorial: Synchronizing Audio and Video in iMovie


December 8, 2011

Led by C4 Atlanta, Jessyca Holland & Joe Winter

Hosted by: ArtWorks! Gwinnett

Topic: Discover Low-Cost Audience Data & Research Tools

Workshop Handout

October 26, 2011

Panel Discussion, featuring: Dr. Patricia Nobbie, Georgia Council on Developmental Disabilities Valerie Suber, Georgia Council on Developmental Disabilities Nikki Strickland, North Fulton Drama Club Elizabeth Labbe-Webb, VSA Arts of Georgia

Panel Moderator: Douglas Scott, Full Radius Dance

Topic: Reaching Patrons with Disabilities

July 26, 2011

Guest Speaker: Mollie Lakin-Hays and Katy Malone, South Arts Topic: ArtsReady — What to Do When the *!#$ Hits the Fan

Videos: Part 1 & Part 2

June 2011 Guest Speaker: Russell Sauve, E-Commerce & Social Media Manager, Fox Theatre

Topic: Advanced Social Media


May 2011

Panel Discussion, featuring: Nicole Jones, Assistant Director of the Digital Services Department for Public Broadcasting Atlanta Ron Evans, founder of Group of Minds, a California-based Arts Marketing and Technology Consulting Firm David Dombrosky, Executive Director of the Center for Arts Management and Technology, an applied research center at Carnegie Mellon University

Topic: The Joys of Ticketing Solutions

Audio Podcast

March 2011

Guest Speaker: Brandon Sheats, of National Black Arts Festival

Topic: Creating a mobile app for an arts organization

February 2011

Guest Speaker: Amy Ellis, Head of Integrations and Partnerships at MailChimp

Topic: Creating a communications ecosystem across email and social media

January 2011

Topic: Website Evaluation

Presentation Meeting Report


November 2010

Guest Speaker: Park Cofield, Center for Puppetry Arts

Topic: Social Media Platforms

Guest Speaker: Jenna Knight, Ferst Center for the Arts

Topic: Georgia Tech’s Artist-in-Residency Program

October 2010

Topic: National Initiatives

Presentation Meeting Report

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