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Artwork, startups and scavenger hunts: Garmin connects with community

15 November 2012 @ 12:23 PM  / Company News / Jake's Journal /

Aviation30Everywhere we look this week we're reminded how much we love our hometown and being a part of the vibrant Kansas City community. Yesterday, we were honored to be part of "Reverse Pitch Day" in conjunction with Global Entrepreneurship Week. Our friends at Sprint invited us and our fellow KC companies Cerner, Hallmark, H&R Block and DST to share our stories and our insight with the startup community. It was a great reminder of the power of the entrepreneurial spirit, a common thread when discussing how each of our global brands began.

When it comes to innovation and the creative spark, we don't have to look far. From the artists and wordsmiths in communication to our brilliant engineers to the amazing designers behind the look and feel of every product, we're surrounded by inspiration every day. And Friday night, one of our colleagues will take center stage at the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art's Double Vision lecture series: In conjunction with The Map as Art, local sculptor and educator Bryan Park discusses his works and the idea that place is more than a location, and Prototype Model Maker David Ellis (above) offers a look into how industrial design models help Garmin utilize form and function in their GPS devices. Seating for the lecture is first come, first served.   

Nuvinart1aEver since David  was young he always enjoyed building things like Legos, Lincoln Logs and model kits, wishing it would be something he would do in the future as a job. Little did he realize that his dream would come true by working in Garmin’s Industrial Design Studio building prototype models. He will be presenting a showcase of images and sample models, such as those pictured here, that conveys his passion for working at Garmin.

The next day, we're excited to take part in another Scavenger Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Kemper Museum. Clues, questions, and charts point children and adults in the right direction as they navigate through the exhibition The Map as Art, presented by Garmin. Young geographers who find their way can continue exploring with a special prize provided by Garmin, while supplies last. Scavenger Saturdays take place on the third Saturday of each month.

And for those who want to check out "The Map As Art" whenever you're in town, it runs through April. Here are more details: Inspired by the best-selling book The Map as Art, this exhibition presents artworks that explore issues of mapping—whether conceptually or quite literally—while also examining the personal gesture involved in large-scale works. The exhibition features works by Ingrid Calame, Nathan Carter, Tiffany Chung, Joyce Kozloff, Lordy Rodriguez, Robert Walden, and Heidi Whitman.

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