Local Arts Administration & Publicity Firm Opportunity Arts would like to announce the hiring of Rooted Reverence Festival Organizers Morgan Madden & Sarah Renee Sanders to the company’s Front Office. Morgan will serve in the role of Chief Organizational Officer & Head of Talent Relations, while Sarah will serve as Director of Infrastructural Endeavors & Head of Business Relations.
Opportunity Arts is a for-profit arts administration & promotion business that works with individual artists & arts entities to pursue their artistic endeavors, and establish success in their artistic careers. “This is a huge step in the growth of Opportunity Arts,” said Mike Marriott, the company’s owner & founder. “Morgan & Sarah are going to help Opportunity Arts become what we will always strive to be, which is the best Arts Administration company in the world.” Opportunity Arts as a company can now assist artists with most aspects of their careers including, managing their social media, publicity, press relations, contract negotiations, business consulting, organizational management, creative-to-business connection, event production, sponsorship generation and fiscal sponsorship through the Opportunity Arts/Pentacle Partnership with New York City based Arts non-profit Pentacle. Earlier this year, Opportunity Arts opened a second office in Chicago to foster a pipeline into the city for Michigan based artists.
Sarah Renee Sanders statement on joining the Opportunity Arts Front Office:
"Joining Opportunity Arts as an artist has helped boost my creative career and has given me more experience artistically by allowing more time to create. However, by joining the front office, I feel I will truly be helping not only artists grow within their craft and see their truest value, but also helping bring back the arts industry in a time when it is needed most."
Morgan Madden statement on joining the Opportunity Arts Front Office:
“I am thrilled to join Opportunity Arts in establishing a foundation and infrastructure to equitably benefit artists of all media and disciplines. The Arts are so desperately necessary in increasingly anxious times; it is my privilege to be a part of sustaining both the Arts and the artists who add so much beauty to the world.”
About the Artist:
Sarah Renee Sanders is an occupational mixed media & visual artist. Not only is she known for her award-winning visual skills, adept understanding of multiple artistic mediums, but also her expertise in body art. Sarah is known for creating Lansing’s First Rated R Art Show “Horrors of Love” based off of Emotional and Mental Relationship Trauma that was exhibited on October 22nd and October 23rd of 2021. She also has been recognized for her creation of The Embodiment Project in May of 2021, and her Windows to Eden Collection and Partnership in Display with Apple Blossom Kombucha in early 2021 as well. She was featured as the Cover Artist of the Social Gap Experiment Anthology, a book by Melissa F. Kaelin, highlighting several artists' work of expression through the pandemic of 2020. In 2020, Sarah launched Contrasted Content, a public platform to showcase her upcoming projects and accomplishments. Contrast is a consistent theme within the basis of her work and has a deep meaning within the artist herself. In her words, “Contrast lies within every aspect of life, whether it be day and night, joy and sorrow, or love and hate. Contrasted Content’s purpose is to remind us that without the contradictions life brings us, balance wouldn’t exist.” Sarah has always believed in the healing properties that expression through art brings. She cultivates expression of all aspects of life through the work she creates. Sarah has been featured on several TV Publications including WLNS 6 News and The Power of Mid-Michigan Art on WLAJ ABC 53, Aired May 19th 2021. Sarah had released the Debut of her title as The Ace of Spades of the 4 Aces of Visual Arts with Opportunity Arts on May 13th, 2021. Originating from Mason MI, Sarah is a graduate of Lansing Community College with an Associate’s Degree in Arts Foundation and an Associate’s Degree in Art History. Sarah is not only an Opportunity Arts Affiliate, but she has won numerous awards and features including but not limited to: Top 5 Finalist in the Artist for City Pulse & Fox 47 Top of the Town Favorite Artist (2021), Winner of The 2017 Zimmerman Arts Fund Competition at Lansing Community College (May 2017), The Outstanding Performance of Excellence in Visual Arts from Mason Public Schools and the Mason City Council (May 18th 2015) , The Award of Excellence for outstanding performance and contribution to the 2014-2015 Art Gallery Exhibit & Celebration from Ingham Intermediate School District and Lansing Art Gallery (May 2014), The Certificate of Recognition for Outstanding Achievement in Visual Arts from Mason High School (May 14th 2014), Featured Artist at Art Feast (2021), LCC Alumni Feature in The Lookout (2021), “The world needs art right now. Life needs art right now.” Sarah said. “Art gives people a voice to the creators and the viewers, no matter how young or old someone may be. Art impacts nearly every aspect of our life. Through Architecture, Advertising, Fashion, and Fine Arts and Entertainment. This is why it is so important to value our artists and the work they do. If the Arts Industry isn’t taken more seriously, we will see a serious fall of healthy expression and future societal growth. I’m here to be the best representation of that.”
Morgan Madden is a spoken word artist, poet, lyricist, and the creator & founder of both Mad Man Poetics & the Rooted Reverence Art Festival. Born and raised in Mason, MI, Morgan is a second generation artist, and seventh generation Lansing resident. He released his first album “Qualifiers” in June of 2018. The album features Morgan’s poem “An Ode to the 517”, which has become an anthem for residents of Mid-Michigan. Morgan has collaborated with multiple local & national musical artists including “The Devil’s Cut”. He has also been featured on the Lansing Public Media Center’s City TV. Morgan has performed throughout the Capital City & beyond at venues such as REO Town Art Attack, The Poetry Room at The Robin Theatre, The Artist’s Umbrella at The Loft, the grand opening of The Fledge in Lansing, and the Lansing Brewing Company’s 2018 New Year’s Party. In 2019, Morgan got the opportunity to perform at the State Capital Building, the most recognizable symbol of the city he loves. More recently, Morgan’s work was published in the Poetry Anthology Book the Social Gap Experiment. He has performed as part of the “3 Kings” with poets Keyante Saxon & Torrey Gray, at Compose & Color with Keyante Saxon & Mila Lynn, on ABC television in “The Power of Mid-Michigan Arts”, and as a special feature at the Capital City Film Festival. Morgan is proud of his Lansing lineage, and of the contributions his family & ancestors have made on the city & the region. Through his art and creativity, Morgan is leaving his own indelible mark on Michigan’s Capital City, and The 517 as a whole.
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