Category Archives: Events and Travel

Industry Leadership

This month I attended a Hollis + Miller quarterly Design U presentation. Through my time at Hollis + Miller I have learned how strongly the firm feels about their values. Each quarter Hollis + Miller has presentations called Design U. These presentations are meant to help you learn more about yourself so that you can help the firm through your own personal passions. Design U is a continuing education program while you are employed.

This quarters program was on Industry Leadership. During the program we spent the afternoon at the new JE Dunn headquarters in downtown Kansas City. The building is less then a year old, and it is beautiful! The guest speaker was the president of JE Dunn, Mr. Bill Dunn. He was the son of the founder of JE Dunn. He spoke about the core principles within his own company and specific rules they have stuck by to get the success they have. He had a few simple suggestions for Hollis + Miller. He said the best way to become a well known, successful company is to give back to your community. The more than you give back to your community the more people will hear about your name and the good work that you do. Also the best kind of leadership comes within. Starting from the partners down to the interns. Each person has their own passion that will help the company in some way.

This presentation really helped me to want to find my true passion within design and the work field. I am excited to see how this could help with my studies this next year and the development of my work and designs.


First time for First Friday

This month one event that I have been wanting to attend for the past two years is Friday Friday’s all through Downtown Kansas City. I have lived in Kansas City my whole life and I was fortunate enough to be able to attend my very first First Friday. It is a multicultural arts event that happens Friday – Sunday during the first weekend of every month.

I was able to attend the event with my parents on a Friday night after work. Little did we know that there were events in the Kansas City West Bottoms an in the Arts District in downtown. Thankfully we were meeting friends at the event and went to the wrong location so I was able to experience both events.

The West Bottoms First Friday had a lot of restoration stores open. We walked through quite a few shops that had mostly antiques, but also for a creative eye a world of opportunities. I had so many different “Pinterest projects” flashing through my head, but also great furniture for a cute little house or for a college student. All of the shops are in the main floor of old warehouse buildings. There were also several food trucks parked along the street. People would wander from warehouse to warhorse until their found exactly what they were looking for. It was peaceful for a Friday evening in the summer.

The Arts District in downtown was a lot more lively then the West Bottoms. There were three times as many people waling the streets in downtown then the West Bottoms. A majority of the art included open art galleries and smaller live bands. We were able to see several street performers and food trucks as well. One of the my favorite art galleries that we walked through was using full scale elements such as bikes and vines and flowers to create several nature scenes.

My favorite thing that can be applied to creativity, art and design is the willingness to be different. Each piece of art is different than the next and I love to see what art means to the creator. Just as paintings buildings are an architects work of art for people to see.



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