It’s not everyday you get the chance to log off, ditch the meetings and let loose with a can of spray paint and a blank canvas. 
Graffiti Arts, a street art, graffiti and mural agency specializing in branded art projects pairs clients with a nationwide network of local graffiti artists, giving guests a creative outlet with a variety of hands-on and team-building activities. 

“It’s definitely a unique opportunity,” says founder and graffiti artist Victor Fung. “If you think about it, even for under-the-radar graffiti artists, finding a fresh (legal) place to paint these is pretty rare. These events can really give guests a sense of freedom to have fun and get creative.”

From live event activation and custom office murals to workshops and team-building activities, Graffiti Arts works with planners to curate experiences that won’t be forgotten. Graffiti artists can put their skills on full display while working live on a canvas throughout an event or help facilitate group collaborations and team-building workshops. Group activities, which can be customized based on group size and venue space limitations, can include splitting into teams to paint custom designs, group painting of large-scale murals, which can be cleaned up by the team’s artists for clients to keep, individual painting and more. The team uses water-based spray paint and is a stickler for protection (putting venues concerned about potential mess at ease). 

“We’ve got several formats planners can choose from but there’s no need to follow a blueprint. We can work with clients to set a team mission and goal for everyone. There’s no need to box ourselves in,” says Fung. “There’s also no pressure to paint. If someone would rather help direct the layout or cut stencils, there’s plenty of ways for teams to bond and work together throughout the process.”

The agency, which has brought graffiti artists in house at top brands like Google, Epic Games and E. & J. Gallo Winery, has headquarters in New York and Los Angeles, but works with Detroit and Lansing-based graffiti artists for its Michigan events. “These events aren’t just getting teams out of their creative shells, they’re getting a chance to meet and connect with an entire culture they may not have known much about. It’s a fun, full-circle experience.”
 

With restrictions across the country in a state of constant flux, not everyone is ready to jump back into meeting in person. While some planners are eager to get back to “normal,” the long-term adjustment to new protocols and potential risks make some hesitant to gather.

While wearing masks and social distancing can help keep attendees safe, intentional design choices—such as including natureinspired elements and materials and plenty of plants—can also help calm attendees.

 

2020 was on track to be a record year. For some catering companies across the state, continuous growth year-over-year had set them up for success, and they thought it would be their best 365 days yet.

And a record year it was—but not for good reasons. Layoffs and furloughs, major losses in sales, and too many cancellations and postponed events to count made 2020 a year that catering companies will never forget.

 

Most often thought of as a leisure travel destination, Frankenmuth—with its distinctive German flair—is also one of the state’s top locales for corporate events. Dubbed “Little Bavaria” in the early 1950s, this town is rich with tradition, culture, family heritage and plenty of unique spaces and activities for groups of all sizes.