chriscloud

My name is Chris Cloud and I’m a Cultural Developer with a passion for connecting people and ideas. I make art, pizza camps, and dance parties and help others bring culture to life.

I am a digital native who thrives in online cultures and develops ideas at the intersection of culture and technology. I have a passion for innovation, creativity, and all things digital. I posses a talent for inspiring confidence and collaboration into others. I have a knack for observing the cultural marketplace thoroughly enough to think beyond what makes practical sense and create unexpected value by looking at the world from a deeper and different angle.


Timeline


In June 2009, I co-founded MPLS.TV, a Minneapolis based online video network produced by an independent Do-It-Together collective of videomakers and creatives.

In March 2010, I was awarded the Leland T. Lynch Award for Creativity. Later that year in Carmichael Lynch’s Creation Lab, I was the Chief Curator of the social initiative, 30 Days of Creativity, where people were encouraged to create stuff, anything, every day for 30 days.

In November 2011, I helped start a late 90’s/early 00’s dance party in Minneapolis called Forever Young. Since then we’ve produced and promoted over 20 different events including three Prom parties in First Avenue’s Mainroom.

In April 2012 at TEDxUMN, I gave a TEDtalk on collaboration and the power of Do-It-Together.

In October 2012, I help launched MPLSzine, a collaborative submissions-based digital publication.

In September 2014, I collaborated with Minneapolis Pizza Club to open a Pizza Camp, an overnight camp for pizza-loving adults featuring pizza meals alongside summercamp style programming and entertainment.

In July 2015, I gave a CreativeMornings lecture in Minneapolis on the Many Faces of Do-It-Together.

In February 2016, I joined the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis as their Social Media and Community Manager.

In August 2016, I accepted an Adjunct Faculty position the the Minneapolis College of Art and Design teaching “Creating and Running a Business.”

My full resume and/or CV is available upon request.


Speaking Engagements, Lectures, & Workshops


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Starting A Local Media Empire
The TV Show
The Power of Do-It-Together
The Creative Economy
Opportunities in Changing Industries
Alumni Career Experiences
Content Development in the Modern Age
Lesson on Leading Together
Design Thinking Workshop
Insights on Scaling Your Work
Emerging Media Workshop
Mn Artists: Upload, Then What?
You Do You: Personal Branding
Creating/Running A Business
Sharing Your Stories by Social Media
The Many Faces of DIT
Keynote on Failing, Exploring, etc.
Telling Your Story on a Shoestring Budget
Taking Chances and Doing Weird Stuff
Keynote on Creating Opportunities
Visiting Artist Talk
Social Media & Museums
Design Impact Series Artist Conversation
Just F*cking Do It
On Being A Responsive Museum
Give & Take
Salon Saloon
TEDxUMN
St. Paul Bureau of Arts and Beverages
Giant Steps
University of Minnesota
McNally Smith College of Music
Minneapolis College Art & Design
Emerging Leaders Network
Giant Steps
Twin Cities Media Alliance
Walker Art Center
University of St. Thomas
Minneapolis College Art & Design
Twin Cities Media Alliance
CreativeMornings Minneapolis
Camp COCO
Metropolitan Regional Arts Council
Minnesota Council of Nonprofits
Weisman Art Museum
Portland State University
University of Minnesota
Minneapolis Institute of Art
AIGA Design Conference
Museum Computer Network Conference

In The Media


2009 “Live from a neighborhood near you” in the Downtown Journal
2010 “The creative minds behind MPLS.TV” in the Minnesota Daily
2010 “It’s not TV–It’s MPLS.TV” in the Line Magazine
2010 “Q: WHO IS that? A: Chris Cloud, MPLS.TV Personality” in the Twin Cities Planet
2011 “@Work: What The F**k Are You Watching?” in Star Tribune
2011 “Beyond DIY to Do-It-Together” on MN Artists
2012 “An offbeat lens sees Minneapolis in new ways” in the Star Tribune
2012 “Lifestyles of the rich and famous with Chris Cloud.” on Clark Loves Me
2013 “Dance-party duo finds 1990s nostalgia hits the right note.” in the Star Tribune
2013 “Chris Cloud Plays Well With Others” on l’etoile magazine
2013 “Chris Cloud” on Butter City on TPT MN
2014 “TV Takeover: MPLS.TV” on Twin Cities Public Television
2014 “Pizza Camp: The latest stroke of genius” in the Star Tribune
2015 “38 empty Minneapolis storefronts turned into walking art gallery” on Fox 9
2015 “Wonder what it is like to be “Mayor For a Day”?” on KIMT 3
2015 “Artist documents day with Mayor Brede” in the Rochester Post-Bulletin.
2015 “Talking art and social media at the Walker Art Center” on Minnpost
2015 “Six Degrees of Separation: Chris Cloud” on Pollen
2015 “Chris Cloud, a Culture Maker” on COCO
2016 “This Pizza Camp For Adults Looks Like Heaven On Earth” on Huffington Post
2016 “11 Things All Students Should Be Doing in the Creative Economy” on the Weisman Art Museum Blog
2017 “Creating and Running A Business” in MCAD’s NEXT Magazine


I am always open to new projects, collaborations, and opportunities. Connect with me.