Beat the crowds and join us ArtPrize Eve, September 18th, 5:30-8:00pm in downtown Grand Rapids. This annual event is your opportunity to network with new (and old) friends while you visit the venues of ArtPrize participating artists near Division and Fulton and sample some of the coffees and craft beer in nearby beverage proprietors.
Our community of networkers attest to this annually being the most fun-filled event full of surprises and interesting conversations. We start in the Fellowship Hall of Westminster Presbyterian Church building, 47 Jefferson Ave SE, and then fan out in ‘orchestrated’ groups to 50+ ArtPrize venues within just a few blocks, returning to share our experience and our friends, new and old, with each other. Often after our event networking continues while your car remains parked in Westminster’s lot.
Parking is free in the Westminster lot off the corner of Jefferson and Oakes, two blocks south of Fulton, or use The Rapid whose Silver Line buses come up and down Jefferson and loop around downtown. The DASH bus can also make your trip around and in & out of downtown ‘car-free’. Attire is casual but wear your comfortable shoes for a little urban hiking.
And of course, NW2NW orchestrated networking throughout the evening—bring 10 business cards to use as you connect with others like you enhancing and sustaining their careers.
This event marks our 7th year and the 39th edition (since July 2012) with the support of EaRN Employment and Resource Network and many volunteers.
Because of the traffic typically found at rush hour after work, we urge you to ‘leave a little earlier’ to get to venue location.
A modest $5 donation at the door helps us keep these events affordable for everyone. We can accept credit/debit cards. We will provide a receipt for your tax preparation as our sponsor, EaRN, is an IRS-recognized 501c3 non-profit organization.
RSVP now using the red “Register Now” button on the right of this page. (Doing so helps us plan refreshments, materials, and event seating arrangements and manage our event budget. Thanks.)
Each NetWork 2 NewWork event presentation is woven together, an orchestrated networking opportunity, to expand and strengthen your network and that of those you meet, because they get to know you and you them–more an art than a science.
Take advantage of networking opportunities (and food) by coming right at beginning of the event, then continue after the presentation to practice your skills and developing habits essential to building your powerful network.
These NW2NW events always have two underlying themes:
- “We’re increasing becoming aware how at-will employment makes us all self-employed free agents, focusing on all forms of work (as an employee, contract worker, staffing firm associate, consultant, business owner, entrepreneur, and volunteer) and that continuous networking is critically necessary in finding work and staying employable in this new economy.”
- Part of our value to our employer (and future ones) is our network for with it we have abundant resources to make our employers and ourselves continuously successful in fulfilling mission and purpose.
With our rapidly changing and disruptive economy, many people still find it challenging to find meaningful work to sustain their career. Employers relentlessly continue cutting costs, using new ‘automation’ to augment or even replace former human resources activities, and push their employees to long hours and more stringent methods of measuring value-added. Nonetheless, with unemployment relatively low (depending on which economist’s data you read!), career changers and job hunters can still embrace an opportunity to explore new options…if they consistently network.
- If we put off building and nurturing our connections, letting employers and the tasks they want done completely preoccupy us, dictating the use of all our time, they keep us from making our own professional (and personal) development a priority and make us vulnerable to exigencies and cycles of the economy and the employer’s decisions.
- Furthermore, innovation and creativity often comes from new directions, ‘mistakes’ of bumping into an event, idea or person we wouldn’t have if we’d not taken the risk to make new connections and share ideas and activities with people we don’t ‘normally’ run into.
Westminster Presbyterian Church & EaRN
- Check-in begins: 5:30pm
- Food & networking: 5:30-6:00 pm
- Group networking at ArtPrize venues, 6:00-7:30 pm~
- More food & networking: 7:30-7:55 pm
- Door Prize Drawings: 7:55-8:00 pm
- And maybe further coffee, art venues and beer afterwards!