Eben Kowler

3216 29th Av S, Minneapolis MN | eben.kowler@gmail.com | 612-849-9778

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Whole brain thinker with creative, analytical, and management skills. Seeking opportunities to grow and learn alongside organizations working for communities, health, artistry, and sustainability.

Creativity and Communications

Bungalo Group                Internet Marketing Specialist, 2014 - Present

The Bungalo Group provides marketing strategy, program design, and implementation to companies in the construction sector.

+        Write blog posts, web pages, newsletters and social media in the voice of the client

+        Create seasonal and monthly content calendars that align with client’s  goals

+        Create optimized content for local search, search engine marketing, and mobile devices

+        Plan, create, and evaluate Facebook CPC campaigns

+         Established Rubble Tile as one of the top ranked search results for “Minneapolis Tile,” really – Google it!

+        Improved the CTR of Rubble Tile’s email newsletter by 45% in 2015 over 2014

+        Increased daily organic engagement on the New Spaces page from 45 people/day in the 2nd Quarter of 2015 to 138 people/day in the 2nd Quarter of 2016

+        Proficient in Wordpress and other CMS platforms, Google Analytics, ModX, MailChimp, Constant Contact, Dropbox, Insightly, Vimeo, Adobe Creative Suite, and social media platforms

DaNCEBUMS                Collaborator & Hustler, 2014 - Present

DaNCEBUMS is the creative collaboration between myself and four other dance-makers. We create and perform dances that blend a club aesthetic with contemporary dance practice. It’s a low key project, but we take it seriously. We don’t have titles, but if we did I would be the bookkeeper and head of marketing. Between rehearsal, planning, and taking care of business I spend about 10 hours a week working on DaNCEBUMS.

+         Promote DaNCEBUMS via Facebook, Instagram, press releases, listing shows in free calendars, and email

+        Our newsletter has a 67.9% open rate

+        Earned media coverage from local arts blogs and the StarTribune

+        Filmed & edited moves4you2do entertaining and instructional videos designed to build online hype leading up to our BuMRAISER – which net nearly $3,000

Teaching and Leading in Community

Congregation Shir Tikvah        Sex Ed Facilitator, 2008 - 2016

+        Co-planned, prepared and delivered comprehensive sex ed curriculum for 7th and 9th graders and their parents

+        Facilitated conversations about gender identity, healthy relationships, and decision making in a safe non-judgemental environment

+        Recruited and mentored new facilitators

In the Heart of the Beast        Teaching Artist, 2011 - 2013 | May Day Parade Artist, 2011

+        Designed and organized the construction of a float-sized instrument that was played by the parade audience

+        Formed authentic relationships with families in the Powderhorn and Phillips neighborhoods

+        Supported public projects with technical and aesthetic advice during parade building workshops

Family Tree Clinic        Volunteer Peer Sexuality Educator, 2013-14

+        Provided confidential clients screenings for all, educated clients about Family Tree Clinic’s services

+        Light administration and data entry

Project Management

Minnesota State Fair        Giant Sing-a-Long Site Manager, 2012

+        Liaison between Montreal based artists/architects Daily Tous Le Jour and Minnesota State Fair contractors and grounds crew during the installation of a 32-microphone group karaoke machine

+        Established and followed installation timeline, coordinating progress between grounds crew, contractors, audio/visual technicians and artists

+        Hired and trained site operators

Northern Lights.mn        Northern Spark Production Assistant 2011

+        Designed and managed the construction and distribution of 60 project markers and information kiosks

+        Checked artists in and out of the festival

+        Tabled at community events

+        Conducted site visits, made stormy weather plans

+        Trained volunteers

Longfellow Community Council        Rain Garden Installation Committee, February 2016-June 2016

+        Educated homeowners about the benefits and care of rain gardens

+        Sited and designed rain gardens on residential lots. Installed rain gardens with volunteers

Service, sales, and entrepreneurship

Helpful-Guy        Sole-Proprietor, 2007 - 2013

+        Formed trusting relationships with clients by providing excellent and reliable service

+        Created and maintained a database of clients, increased visibility with social media and email marketing

+        Created and sent invoices, collected accounts receivable, managed cash flow

Awards and Recognition

2014        E|Merge Artist in Residence

2014        Red Eye Works in Progress

2013        Forecast Planning Grant

2013        Puppet Lab 2013

2008-12  Bentson Family Scholarship

2010       Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program Grant

2011-12  Gay Grossman Scholarship

Education

Google Analytics + Google Adwords Certified

2016

Minneapolis City Academy

2016

University of Minnesota, Twin Cities

BA in Studio Art, summa cum laude

2012

In 1998, I began my dance training with Young Dance. From 2008-2012, I studied dance at the University of Minnesota

Performances and Exhibitions

AS LEAD ARTIST

2016        listening dance (in progress), Third Space, Minneapolis, MN. Choreographer

2016          Group Show Waiting for the Other Other to Drop. Artist. Curated by Chris Larson and John Fleischer

2015          Cone Shapes, The LAB Theater, Minneapolis, MN. Choreographer. Created for Young Dance.

2014          Youngest Child, Red Eye Collaboration, Minneapolis, MN. Choreographer. (15 min)

2013          I Have Filthy Habits, In the Heart of the Beast. Minneapolis, MN. Lead Artist, Performer. (50 min)

2012          Group Show Northern Spark/Greenway Glow, Freewheel Midtown Bike Center, Minneapolis, MN. Artist.

2012          Group Show Healthy Mouth Cellar Door, Soap Factory. Minneapolis, MN. Artist.

2012          Group Show The College Show, Quarter Gallery. Minneapolis, MN. Artist.

2011          The Hush, Puppet Salon and Social Hour. Minneapolis, MN. Artist. (3 min)

2011          Group Show Department of Art Scholarship Exhibition, Quarter Gallery. Minneapolis, MN.Artist.

2011          balloon balloon balloon, balloon ballon REMIX, In the Heart of the Beast. Minneapolis, MN.

Lead Artist, Puppeteer. (30 min)

2010          Alphabet, Full Moon Puppet Cabaret. Minneapolis, MN. Artist.

2010          Group Show Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program Grant, Quarter Gallery. Minneapolis, MN. Artist.

2010          BOAT, Full Moon Puppet Cabaret. Minneapolis, MN. Lead Artist, puppeteer. (10 min)

2010          Group Show Cruces, La Escuela De Las Bellas Artes. Montevideo, Uruguay. Artist.

2010                 Group Show Foot in the Door 4, Minneapolis Institute of Art. Minneapolis, MN. Artist.

 

COLLABORATIONS

DaNCEBUMS is the choreographic collaboration between myself and 4 other dancemakers – www.dancebums.com.

2016        Cocktails at the Castle, American Swedish Institute, Minneapolis, MN. Dancer. Choreography, DaNCEBUMS Curated by Tricia Heuring

2016        What IF?, Icehouse, Minneapolis, MN. Dancer. Choreography, DaNCEBUMS Curated by Big Cats

2016        WoW!, Bryant Lake Bowl Theater, Minneapolis, MN. Dancer. Choreography, DaNCEBUMS

2015-16   moves4u2do, the internet, everywhere. Dancer, video editor. Series of instructional dance videos released on DaNCEBUMS social media and website. http://www.dancebums.com/moves4u2do

2015        One-Move-Dance for 30, McGuire Theater at the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN. Dancer. Choreography, DaNCEBUMS Presented in the Walker Art Center’s Choreographers’ Evening, curated by Justin Jones.

2015        One-Move-Dance, 7th Street Entry, Minneapolis, MN. Dancer.

2015        1-2-3-4-DaNCEBUMS, Public Functionary, Minneapolis, MN. Dancer.

2015        must be | or what I’m looking for, Red Eye Collaboration, Minneapolis, MN. Dancer. Choreography, DaNCEBUMS. (50 min)

2015        BOUND, Southern Theater, Minneapolis, MN. The LAB Theater, Minneapolis, MN. Dancer. Choreography, DaNCEBUMS. Created in residency at the Main Street School of Performing Arts.

2015        Busby, Southern Theater, Minneapolis, MN. Choreography, DaNCEBUMS. Created in residency at the Main Street School of Performing Arts.

2015        Maybe they don’t, Baby they don’t, Public Functionary, Minneapolis, MN. Dancer. Choreography, DaNCEBUMS.

2015        spacefish/facepish & One-move-dance, Lee & Rose Coliseum, St. Paul, MN. Dancer. Choreography, DaNCEBUMS. Performed at the North Star Roller Girls halftime show.

2014        DANCEBUMS presented by Dancebums with special guests and Dance Bums, Theater Garage, Minneapolis, MN. Dancer. Choreography, DANCEBUMS. (50 min)

2014        Performance Can Ferp More, Kitty Kat Club, Minneapolis, MN. Dancer. Choreography, DANCEBUMS. (5 min).

2014         spacefish/facepish, Hiponymous Studio, Minneapolis, MN. Dancer. Choreography, DANCEBUMS. (11 min)

2014        The Problem of Human Motion, Earthdance, Plainfield, MA. Dancer, Collaborator. Director, Michael Rau.

2013        No Mountain college Forecast Public Art, St Paul, MN. Organizer.

2013        Sardines, The Mysterium’s Garage Based Performance Platform. Minneapolis, MN.Producer/Director. (30 min)

2012        Snuggles, The Mysterium’s Garage Based Performance Platform. Minneapolis, MN. Set Designer. Director, Karen Gullikson.

2012        Beckett on Ice, Art Shanty Projects. Plymouth, MN. Choreographer, Ice Dancer.

2011        all is discovered escape while you can, The Mysterium’s Garage Based Performance Platform. Minneapolis, MN. Dancer. Director, Karen Gullikson.

 

DANCER / PERFORMER

2015        Still Life, INOVA, Milwaukee, WI. Dancer. Choreography, Morgan Thorson.

2015        Still Life, Weisman Art Museum, Minneapolis, MN. Dancer. Choreography, Morgan Thorson.

2015        Still Life, Bryant Lake Bowl, Minneapolis, MN. Dancer. Choreography, Morgan Thorson.

2014        The One and the Many, JSB Tek Box Minneapolis, MN. Dancer. Choreography, Paula Mann.

2014        SHORE, Northrop Auditorium, Minneapolis MN. Dancer, chorus. Choreography, Emily Johnson.

2013        Making Cake, Rosalux Gallery, Minneapolis, MN. Dancer. Choreography, Chris Schlichting

2013        Station to Station, Union Depot, St. Paul, MN. Dancer. Choreography, Body Cartography Project.

2013        Situations, JSB Tek Box, Minneapolis, MN. Dancer. Choreography, George Stamos.

2013        Kid Enkidu, In the Heart of the Beast. Minneapolis, MN. Puppeteer. Director, Bart Buch.

2012        Free First Saturday: Garden Quest, Walker Art Center. Minneapolis, MN. Performer.

2012        Lost Lullabies, National College Dance Festival. Washington D.C. Dancer. Choreography Carl Flink.

2011        To Have and To Hold, University Dance Theater. Minneapolis, MN. Dancer. Choreography, Danny Shapiro and Joanie Smith

2011        Endurance, In the Heart of the Beast. Minneapolis, MN. Puppeteer. Director, Soozin Hirschmugl.

 

Lectures

2012           Art School: Dance, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN, October 21

 

Press

Theresa Madaus, “Theresa Madaus on DaNCEBUMS’ One-Move-Dance,” Criticism Exchange (blog). December 15, 2015. https://criticismexchange.wordpress.com/2015/12/15/theresa-madaus-on-dancebums-one-move-dance/

Jay Gabler, “Choreographer’ Evening 2016: Walker Art Center Put the Dada in Dadance,” The Tangential (blog). November 28, 2015. http://www.thetangential.com/2015/11/28/choreographers-evening-2015-walker-art-center-puts-the-dada-in-dadance/

Sheila Regan, “Ingenuity meets ecstasy in a new piece by Dancebums,” StarTribune (in-print). June 20, 2015.        http://www.startribune.com/ingenuity-meets-ecstasy-in-a-new-piece-by-dancebums/308446101/

Megan Mayer, “Eben Kowler’s Youngest Child,” Criticism Exchange (blog). August 10, 2014.  http://criticismexchange.wordpress.com/2014/08/10/eben-kowlers-youngest-child-by-megan-mayer/

Jay Gabler, “Are you looking at my DANCEBUMS?” The Tangential (blog). August 6, 2014.    http://thetangentialruinsminneapolis.tumblr.com/post/94021842908/minnesota-fringe-festival-2014-are-you-looking-at-my

H Adam Harris, “Change your definitions,” MN Playlist Fringe Blog (blog). August 5, 2014.

http://minnesotaplaylist.com/magazine/article/2014/fringe-blog-day-5-change-your-definitions

Miel Dragun, Interview, KFAI Radio, Minneapolis, MN, July 9, 2014.

Kenna Cottman, “Fire Drill and Eben Kowler,” Criticism Exchange (blog). June 17, 2014.

http://criticismexchange.wordpress.com/2014/06/17/fire-drill-and-eben-kowler-by-kenna-cottman/