March – Town Hall

Student Spotlight

Schedule Change: Lara Cornell will host the March Town Hall which was moved from February.

Our special guest for the Town Hall is one of our current MASD students, Lara Cornell.

CEO | Founder | Creative Director at
Artisan + Co

“When you’re ready to turn pro, Lara’s inspiring and honest book is a great place to start.” 
—Seth Godin, author of The Practice.

Topic: The Sustainable Maker:“Better Strategies For Streamlined Success Within a Creative World.”

Join us for a discussion and review of Lara’s book. Learn about the business that inspired it.

Lara’s zone of genius lies in creating handmade artisan businesses focused on 3 pillars: Planet, People & Prosperity. “I LOVE helping artisan business owners build a legacy business that is 100% aligned with who they are and what they love.”

Building an award-winning Social Impact Venue (the first of its kind) allowed her to work more one-on-one with local artisans to create their legacy businesses while also supporting the local community through prioritizing hand-made, farm-to-table, local, sustainable events, and supporting local charitable and non-profit organizations.

Lara Cornell is the author of the #1 International best-selling book on building business for artisans and artists: Maker’s Mark: Make a Living and an Impact with Your Artisan Business. Her second book, The Sustainable Maker: “Better Strategies For Streamlined Success Within a Creative World, which launched at the end of September 2022, was also an international best seller.

Town Hall: Lara Cornell
Tuesday, March 28 · 1:00 – 2:00pm CT
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Dawn Keene / Director

Dawn Keene is the president of Studio Change, a company offering sustainability consulting services. Prior to Studio Change, Dawn has served as president of Keene Design, Inc. an award-winning Atlanta-based firm specializing in graphic design for over a decade.

Her previous affiliations have included High-Performance Healthy Schools Committee for USGBC Atlanta (United States Green Building Council), serving as the membership chair and on the sustainability committee for AIGA Atlanta (American Institute of Graphic Arts AIGA.) Her work has been featured on Sustainable Brands and published in Graphic Design U.S.A. In addition, she has participated in panel discussions on various topics such as environmental design and community outreach.

Her life mission is to empower communities and individuals to take positive action towards building a more sustainable future through education and community outreach. She holds a BFA in Graphic Design from Georgia State University and graduated from MCAD’s MA in Sustainable Design program in 2013.