Written by Megan Taylor [video producer, sales]
Written by Kristin Miller Sholl [Youth Arts Program Director]
Fig Media sponsors and
teaches classes with the Edgewater Community Council's Youth
Arts Program. We recently had our second large art show of the
school year on Friday, February 3 at the North Lakeside Cultural
Center, 6219 N. Sheridan. At
our "Save the Arts!" Fundraiser and Youth Art Show, we exhibited and
celebrated the work our students have created over the past ten weeks in twelve
different art classes. In the downstairs children's art gallery, our students'
paintings, drawings, and photographs were up for silent auction. Our student-made
music video, "We Like to Party," was also showing throughout the night.
The work these kids have created is truly mind-blowing; you'd never guess that
some of these pieces were created by children as young as seven years old. Significant
progress has been made these past few months and the children are becoming accomplished
Upstairs, our DJ class emceed the event and spun some great music.
We had nearly two hours worth of performances in Japanese dance (including one
with fun audience participation), theatre, readings from our
creative writing class, Taiko (Japanese drumming), guitar/singing, movement & storytelling,
and a Tae Kwon Do board-breaking demonstration (wow!).
Launched in the
late summer of 2005, ECC's Youth Arts Program is a new direction for the after-school
and summer youth program ECC has been running for nearly five years. With
the help of the Chicago Department of Children & Youth
Services and Fig Media, our biggest contributors, we are taking a bold step toward
making the arts available to youth from all backgrounds and income levels. Arts
funding has been drastically cut in our public schools. We are the only
arts-based program within the Edgewater community to exclusively provide free
and low-cost, quality after-school arts programming to students for whom it may
otherwise be unavailable. Our mission is to challenge our youth intellectually,
develop their leadership skills, and encourage a sense of community and
Over 100 guests attended our recent art show, making
it a true community event. Thanks to everyone who came out
Friday night for saying loud and clear that having arts programming available
to every child in Edgewater is something that really matters to you.
For more information on how you can get involved or to register a new student,
please contact Kristin Miller-Sholl, Program Director at 773-381-1364 or firstname.lastname@example.org
written by Melissa
Martins [videographer, video editor]
people say how you spend New Year's Eve is
how you will spend the rest of the year.
How did Fig spend New Years Eve? At Transitions bookplace,
with author and life coach Judith Wright,
to celebrate the New Year with the launch
of her new book, The One Decision (see
article on the one decision)
Fig Media created a one
of a kind party atmosphere
using their unique vision with deejay, video, and photography in
a package Fig
The Integrated Experience combines live music, live video, and
projected photography to stimulate and entertain in an artistic
way (See integrated Experience Article).
The event was a huge success for both The Wright Institute and
Fig Media. Families and friends danced the night away, played games,
got life coaching, and rang in 2006 with celebration, meditation,
and heartfelt prayer.
If the saying is true, then Fig Media will spend 2006 among creative
influential people friends and co-workers with new opportunities
and lots of artistic talent.
Gustin, Brent Rolland
Martins, Eric Anderson
Gustin, Michele Gustin
Written by Michele Gustin [vice president, art director, sales]
was L’Esprit de Sacre Couer – Sacred Heart’s
annual fundraiser at the Aragon Ballroom! And we got to do
all sorts of things- technical sequencing, load in to
load out, stage management, lighting operation and cueing,
sound reinforcement, video coverage, IMAG (image magnification)
and live video mixing on a giant screen behind the band, James
emceed and worked with Sister Maxwell and her fun crew as well
as Lynne Jordan and the Shivers and her super talented band,
a live auctioneer and a whole cast of talented staff and volunteers
from Sacred Heart. What a fun night, with over 700 people dancing
until lights up at midnight. All we can say is – YAY-See
you next year!
Written by Andrew Ettenhofer [sales manager,
Gustin, James Gustin, and Andrew Ettenhofer
made the trip to Dallas, TX for the
annual "The Special Event Conference and Trade
Show" (Jan. 9-13). We were there to experience
the latest and greatest that the special
event industry had to offer. We divided
and conquered by attending classes,
seminars, cocktail hours, luncheons,
the trade show floor and, of course,
parties! We were living it up at Gilley's
with Asleep at the Wheel, at the Texas
Stadium with the Dallas Cowboy cheerleaders,
and at the Women's Museum with Sarah
Weddington. We ran into some local Chicago "friends
of fig" like Jam Productions and
Hall's Rentals. Additionally, we also
made new friends from around the country
who will play a part in Fig's plan for
world domination! We left with better
ideas of how to run our events, and with
bigger visions of how our company is
going to grow in 2006 and beyond. It
wasn't all work either - we rode mechanical
bulls, "hauled ass" around
Texas in our red Ford Mustang rental,
treated ourselves to pedicures and
manicures, got fake tattoos, and ate
more BBQ in one week than most eat
in one year. If you want to hear more
about our adventures or if you want
to share your own about Dallas and
The Special Event, feel free to contact
us at email@example.com.
[director of operations, office goddess]
Director of Sales, DJ
Born in Colorado Springs on June 20, 1978, 27 years old
BA in Music from Grinnell College, IA; AAS in Culinary Arts from CHIC
How did you start DJing?
I started DJing college parties. I had a lot of CDs and three different radio
shows: “Giant Steps: the Music of African Americans”, “The
Kinder Gentler Show”, and “Friday Freeform”.
currently The Postal Service, I go through phases
Who are you currently listening
Beth Orton, Mike Doughty, Postal Service, and music from Fat Possum Label
(Heartless Bastards and The Black Keys)
What do you like to do in your free
watching movies, strolling downtown, cooking, being single.
What’s your favorite food
Braising or roasting meat. There’s a finesse to seasoning and to the cooking
time. I just love the outcome. Braising turns everything really tender. And roasting
makes everything flavorful and juicy. I like baking breads, too.
What would you cook on a date?
I like cooking together on a date. I am very accommodating - I find out what
they like, favorite ingredients, food allergies, type of cuisine. And I would
try to wow them with a multi-course meal: soup, salad, protein, starch, vegetable,
What else do you do besides Director
of Sales at Fig?
I do life coaching at the Wright Institute. I sit on several committees at the
Greater North Michigan Avenue Association. I am a member of LeTip International.
And I am an Ambassador with the Chicago Convention and Tourism Bureau.
Be a world-class event producer.
Ideal birthday celebration :
go to a fine dining restaurant, have a 5 or 6 course pre-fixed menu paired with
wines, have 30 of my best friends there to shower me with love, and I get lots
of kitchen appliances as presents, specifically a deli slicer.
If you were an animal, what would you be?
Gemini – on the cusp of Cancer
Your defining trait:
Bubble bath or shower:
Written by Michele Gustin [vice president, art director, sales]
Collaborating with the Wright Institute
and Canright & Paule, fig’s design team created
6 large scale 36 x 42 inch awesome posters and a banner
for The ONE Decision book tour. The
ONE Decision is best
selling author Judith Wright’s newest book and
if you haven’t heard us talk about it before get
The ONE Decision is endorsed by well known authors like Steven R. Covey,
Tom Peters, and Ken Blanchard.
The One Decision Book launch tour is the brainchild of the Wright
Institute and John Davidoff of Davidoff Communications. Pam and
Mark Zastro custom designed and wrapped the Winnebago to look
like the hip One Decision flyers designed by Christina Canright,
and the actual book jacket for the tour–Judith and her
team traveled to bookstores, radio stations, and TV stations
all across the Midwest. The posters were part of the interior
design and featured photos taken of and by students from the
We also created a ONE Decision video, which featured students
and yours truly saying what matters to them which played on a
loop in the interior of the Winnebago.
Fig Graphics Team: Michele Gustin, Tim Musho, Brian Carey
Fig One Decision Video: Tim Musho, Megan Taylor
visit www.theonedecision.com for
Call 773-338-1334 or send email to firstname.lastname@example.org
To learn more
about Fig Media and the instructors
director: Michele Gustin, Project manager: Megan
Taylor, Copy Editor: Lola Olateju, Lauren Pollack,
Design and Layout: Brian Carey, Brent Rolland