Brushy Fork Annual Institute

AIR:Shift™ Workshop

Track Leaders: Beth Flowers & Tim Glotzbach

Creativity is the engine behind every pursuit that has changed the world. What if people from all walks of the community came together to focus on what was possible? What if they used their imagination and creativity to pursue their artistic passions, improve the way businesses work, create jobs, solve social problems and make community connections? The AIR:Shift workshop is an approach by the Arts Incubator of the Rockies that merges the creativity of the arts with the innovation of business to raise the value of creativity in addressing community issues.

What Can I Expect to Learn?  

In this workshop, participants will:

  • work to articulate a vision in which communities are places that offer career paths for creatives and that incorporate creativity into developing businesses and solving community issues.
  • accomplish this work through a business plan approach that will provide a process for visioning, planning, and implementing a project concept on time and on budget.

Who Should Attend?

The workshop is appropriate for anyone who is passionate about the emergence of vibrant and enterprising communities, whether you identify yourself as creative or you are seeking to develop your creativity.


Participants will leave the workshop with a better understanding of their own creativity and with a process for moving creative thoughts and visions to successful implementation, whether through developing a business or undertaking a community-based project.

Note: This session will provide an optional coaching session on Friday afternoon following the plenary closing session of the Annual Institute. Participants who wish to stay for that coaching session will be able to do so by signing up with the workshop track facilitator during the session. This portion of the track is not required, but will provide an opportunity at the individual level for how participants might incorporate what they have learned upon returning to their home communities.

Track Limit: 36 

As the founder and Executive Director the Arts Incubator of the Rockies (AIR) Beth Flowers is at the forefront of connecting artists and creatives to their communities in new ways that truly raise the value of art and creativity. She has more than 20 years of executive level experience with non-profits, governmental agencies, broadcast media, and the arts. Both a visionary thinker and a talented communicator, Beth has created messaging for victorious political candidates and issues, inspired citizen participation in government, managed public planning efforts, repositioned struggling organizations, and developed innovative programming that connects people. Beth is a voracious reader, cook, gardener, and singer. Drawing upon her ten years of classical piano training and experience playing in the 1983 Montreaux Jazz Festival with the University City High School Jazz Band, Beth is working on a multi-generational novel about Midwestern women musicians and striving to better understand string theory.

Tim Glotzbach is Director of the Student Craft Program at Berea College. As an experienced arts professional, he has invested over 35 years as a professor, administrator and consultant for arts-related economic development. Tim’s passion for the creative process has led him to focus his career on advancing educational and economic opportunities for both students and craft professionals. Prior to his position at Berea College, Tim was Dean of Heritage & Humanities at Hazard Community & Technical College and Founding Dean and Director of the Kentucky School of Craft in Hindman, KY.  Tim holds a BS degree in Art from Indiana State University and an MFA from Southern Illinois University-Carbondale. His teaching career began at the State University of New York-Oswego and he spent 21 years as Professor of Art at Eastern Kentucky University. He continues to serve on the boards of both national and regional arts organizations



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