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Krump Dancing


Tyrell Griffin was born and raised in Kansas City Missouri. He graduated from Paseo Academy of Fine and Performing Arts and also attended the University of Missouri at Kansas City where he played saxophone for the performing arts. His talents include not only movement artist, but photography as well as music production. Tyrell is self taught in Krump since 2009.

It wasn’t until 2013 when he started taking classes and workshops from Tight Eyez who is one of the creators of Krump. Workshops taught by other members of the Tight Eyez Family include Baby Tight Eyez and Knucklehead. Some of Tyrells other accomplishments include battling in many Krump/All-Styles events all over the US making it to the finals, if not winning the event.


Stay Unpoppable

Balloon Artist

Molly Balloons is a world-renowned, award-winning balloon artist, Kansas City-raised entrepreneur, and co-creator of The Selfie Boutique.

Molly learned how to make balloons as a bored and creative nine-year old in her parents' basement many years ago, and picked it back up when  she was almost fifteen going into high school.

Molly quickly realized that balloons encompassed and utilized many of the visual and performance art elements in which she is skilled and about which she passionate. So she made it into a business!

Molly has happily been making balloons and branding myself as the Balloon Girl ever since. 


Design Thinking: Brilliance Within the Bullshit


Cowboy. Poet. Designer. All these, but two, probably capture the essence of what makes Parc tick. Since first joining Sullivan Hidden & Sink over a decade ago he’s pivoted across roles focusing on interactive (Flash, <shudder>), to art/creative direction and now the burgeoning field of Service Design. Over his tenure he’s worked for and won awards on clients big and small.

Recently he helped lead the team responsible for transforming the on-lot experience for SONIC Drive-In through eye-catching food photography and the creation of three custom typefaces. Today, Parc writes sub-par bios for speaking engagements and leads SHS’s Innovation & Experience efforts by harnessing the Design Thinking and Service Design.

He’s responsible for furthering the agency’s embrace of human-centered design while helping teams and clients find new and better ways to serve their customers through meaningful and helpful experiences.



Asking for What You Want: What Good Sex and Creativity Have in Common


Dr. Christina McDowell is a therapist, blogger for HuffPost, and the founder of the Wellness Collaborative in historic Westport, Kansas City, MO.  She earned her PhD in Integrative Health Psychology from Saybrook University, a MSW from KU, and a BA from Rockhurst University. She has worked with individuals and couples for 18 years, always striving to help them live their lives in an intentional and authentic manner.  She chose to specialize in the areas of both sexuality and creativity because, while they are both what make us exquisitely alive, they can often be aspects of us that are confusing or fear-laden, and she loves the beautiful complexity that makes us human. Dr. McDowell is delighted by watching people embrace and fall in love with the tender and courageous parts of themselves, and she knows she has done her job when her clients can craft and own their personal story in a way that’s meaningful to them. 

When asked how her work affects the world around her she said, "We are in a time of deep transitions. If I can help people find their own unique gifts and personal, powerful voice, I have done my work."


Creating Cocktails with Shots

Cocktail Specialist

Marlena Miko Richardson (but everybody just calls her Miko) has two Bachelor of Science degrees in Biology and Chemistry from Baker University in Baldwin City, KS. She currently resides in KCMO, where she was a Class of 2002 graduate of the historical Lincoln College Preparatory Academy. She currently oversees the Quality, Regulatory, Safety and Compliance of a small animal Pharmaceutical company as a Quality Manager while keeping Shots by Miko running smoothly.

Shots by Miko was officially launched in July 2012 but Miko has been bartending and creating fun beverage options since at least 2008. She currently holds a Distilled Spirits Specialist Certification, which means she knows her spirits and their background. Shots by Miko has been featured on Better Kansas City, KC Live and most recently 1 Million Cups KC.

Currently her hobbies include cooking, eating, spending time with her loved ones, giving back to the community, modeling sometime, producing fashion shows for the local fashion community, reading, watching Food Network & Discovery Health. She is so excited to be presenting at the Gas Can Creative Conference by which she’ll be showcasing some light cocktail preparations for your tasting consumption in your leisure time.


Comic Book Drawing

Comic Book Artists

Mel Hogan is an Digital Creative Director with over 12 years’ experience in both in-house and agency settings. Mel received his BFA from The Kansas City Art Institute, one of the top independent art universities in the U.S.

Mel has also been one of the few Adjunct instructors asked to teach at KCAI without first receiving his Masters, and taught a successful Branding and Identity class in 2008.

Mel has been published both online and in print, including contributing to The Web Designer’s Idea Book, one of the top-selling web design inspiration collections in the country. 

When he’s not designing, Mel volunteers with Big Brothers Big Sisters in Kansas City, and is working on a self-published comic book with his wife Kathryn. Mel also really enjoys referring to himself in the third person.

Kathryn spent 9 years at Hallmark cards in various product design and product management roles before starting her own wedding business, The Vow Exchange. Her time at Hallmark and her business has taught her the value of story. This coupled with Mel's lifelong dream of having his own comic book led her to offer to write the story. Thus, Luna was born.


INcluding a special
performance by

Acoustic Folk Trio from Kansas City

Acoustic Folk Trio from Kansas City