School of Arts and Communication

Entrepreneurship - the pursuit of opportunity

After exploring both compassion (2012) and empowerment (2013), the 2014 FOCUS Series brings together SOAC’s talented students and faculty to examine the theme of “entrepreneurship” through a multi-disciplinary approach.

Through music, art, dance, theatre, and communication we will come together to explore entrepreneurship and its culture of boundless dreams and actions – where creativity meets and fuels opportunity.

February 20, 2014, 8pm

Black History Month Concert – Lagerquist Concert Hall

The PLU Black History Month Concert is a tribute to the entrepreneurship of African Americans, featuring the legacy of their music, literature and art. After emancipation and the end of the Civil War, entertainment was an appealing and viable option to African Americans. Black music-makers not only had a means to make a reasonable living, but also to be a public voice for personal and community cultural expression.

Featuring PLU student ensembles, including the University Symphony Orchestra, Wind Ensemble, Jazz Ensemble, and Chorale. It will also feature Tacoma community talent, including steel drum artist Obe Quarless, vocalist Marlette Buchanan, and DaNell Daymon and the Greater Works Chorale.

The musical program will not only showcase the music of African-Americans, but will also feature the music of European composers from the early 20th Century that were inspired by African-American music, including French composer Darius Milhaud’s La Creation du Monde and the second movement of Czech composer Antonin Dvorak’s New World Symphony. The PLU jazz ensemble will present the music of Duke Ellington, accompanying the PLU Swing Club dance troupe.

March 12, 2014, 5pm

So You Want to be an Entrepreneur? – Studio Theater

Americans have always been an entrepreneurial people, but especially after watching so many lose jobs after the financial collapse in 2008, the focus on starting something special for yourself, working for yourself, and passing something along to the next generation is much stronger. The School of Arts & Communication and the School of Business welcome four young Seattle-area entrepreneurs to discuss the ins and outs of successful entrepreneurship.

Jeff Jorgenson (BA Embry Riddle University, MBA Embry Riddle University) is founder and owner of Elemental Cremation & Burial in Seattle. Jeff never intended to be a funeral director, but his green methodology is catching on both locally and around the world.

Ross Mickel (BA University of Washington), worked with Canlis Master Sommelier Rob Bigelow, traveled the world to learn about food and wine, and landed a job with Bob Betz, one of 225 Masters of Wine in the world. Ross launched Ross Andrew Winery in 1999 and his Bushey Vineyard Syrah was ranked in the top 100 Washington Wines in 2012, and Wine Enthusiast calls his Meadow a “must try.”

Mark Canlis (BA Cornell, Air Force, Retired) and Brian Canlis (BA Cornell, Air Force, Retired) are the 3rd generation owners of Canlis Restaurant in Seattle, the restaurant that sets the bar for fine dining, service and hospitality in Seattle. Mark and Brian have modernized the Canlis brand, moved them into new media universes, and have been featured recently on Anthony Bourdain’s “The Layover” on the Travel Channel and Top Chef Seattle where cheftestants had to recreate the original 1950’s era Canlis menu.

April 10, 2014, 7pm 

Tapped Out – Studio Theater

MediaLab’s new documentary investigates how pressures on water, including drought, floods, population growth, and pollution – are resulting in new and innovative thinking.

As a result, new efforts to manage, conserve, treat, store, protect, harness, and access water are developing around the world to help ensure that coming generations will inherit healthy, safe water sources. Entrepreneurial thinking and practices will be essential if these goals are to be achieved.

April 23, 2014, 5pm 

“Art is This” – Inventing Your Future (opening reception) – University Gallery

From preparation both of the artwork and the show itself, to publicity, self-promotion, branding and technical aspects, art seniors learn first-hand how to solve problems and create their own future in a competitive and demanding market. This exhibition highlights the culmination of their degree program and their creativity to forge a successful future.