Mapping It Out is a series of short, focused, lunchtime virtual presentations on the best practices and simple things you can do to grow your art practice now. Each month, join MAPS board members as they discuss diverse topics and answer your questions.

Presentations are held the second Wednesday of each month from 12:00-12:30 pm. Registration is free, with suggested donation of $5 to support MAPS.


November 11: How to Create Meaningful Communications
Caitlin Custer—MAPS board member and Communications Manager at the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra— will present How to Create Meaningful Communications. Learn a framework for creating a communications plan, along with sharing tips and tricks for writing and editing engaging arts narratives.


Caitlin Custer is the Communications Manager at the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra and has served on the MAPS board since 2018. Previously, she spent five years working with ECS Music Publishing Group, where she managed strategic plans and marketing to best serve the company’s composers, performers, and audiences. She earned her BA in Musicology from the University of Illinois.


December 9:  How to Write a “Cold Call” Email
Brigid Flynn—MAPS Co-Founder and Senior Associate Director of Development for the Sam Fox School of Design and Visual Arts— will present How to Write a “Cold Call” Email. Learn how to make a better first impression while moving your creative career forward. 


Brigid Flynn has 20 years of arts administration and fundraising experience. She has worked at the Wexner Center for the Arts, the New York Foundation for the Arts in New York City, and served as the Director of Institutional Giving for the Saint Louis Art Museum from 2008-2016. She currently is the Senior Associate Director of Development for the Sam Fox School of Design and Visual Arts at Washington University. She is a past board member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals-St. Louis Chapter and Creative Reaction Lab, and has been a presenter at several major conferences. She holds a BA from Loyola University Chicago and an MA from The Ohio State University.

Past Talks

October 14: How to Price Your Work

Syrhea Conaway (aka Syna So Pro)—MAPS board member, multi-instrumentalist, and music instructor—will present How to Price Your Work. Learn how to create and track a baseline for pricing your creative outlet.


Syrhea Conaway is a multi-instrumentalist and music instructor who lives and works in St. Louis. She has opened for many national artists such as, Asobi Seksu, Kristeen Young, Future Islands, and Paul Rucker (cellist/artist), and collaborated with world-renown ensemble Alarm Will Sound for a performance at the Sheldon Concert Hall in 2015.  In the fall of 2017 she participated as a member of New Music Circles’ St. Louis Ensemble collaboration led by LA electronic musician John Weise. She’s produced live sound design for the Peabody Award Winning Podcast “To the Best of Our Knowledge” that aired on 220 NPR stations in the summer of 2017.   She accepted the DJ in Residence of 2019 at the Contemporary Art Museum and continues to present workshops at local schools and libraries.  Conaway has returned to the Center of Creative Arts (COCA)’s Autumn Institute which aims to bring art integration to school curriculum. Currently she scores original music for local theater companies including, Shakespeare Festival of St. Louis, SIUE, COCA , and Upstream Theater, facilitates the Sheldon Concert Hall and Galleries SOLID (Science of Learning Instrument Design) Program in schools in St. Louis, and occasionally performs virtually.