Coffee @ Ten is our free monthly lecture series. Enjoy complimentary baked goods and coffee generously sponsored by Higher Grounds Trading Co.
Our February 2019 speaker is Joe Beyer, executive director of the Michigan Legacy Art Park, a nonprofit arts organization that stewards a 30 acre sculpture and hiking experience near Crystal Mountain in Thompsonville, Michigan.
Beyer served the nonprofit Sundance Institute for more than 14 years most recently as Director of Digital Initiatives where he led strategy, creative development and operation of digital content, social media and special Institute projects including the launch of the #ArtistServices distribution think-tank, the Short Film Challenge with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and the first-ever collaboration with Kickstarter, which raised tens of millions of dollars for artists and their projects.
In 2016 Beyer joined The Redford Center as Director of Marketing and Distribution and previously worked at Warner Bros. and the MPRM agency in an early career almost exclusively devoted to film festivals and connecting audiences to new work. His assignments have taken him around the world, advocating and attempting innovations on behalf of organizations and artists.
He was briefly the Executive Director to the Traverse City Film Festival and Director of Audience Engagement and Brand Strategy to MyNorthMedia, which produces Traverse Magazine. Beyer was born and raised in West Michigan and spent summers in Northern Michigan during his youth