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Mondo.NYC Speaker

Tami VandenBerg

Co-owner and Co-Founder, The Pyramid Scheme

Tami is an entrepreneur and community activist in Grand Rapids, Michigan. She and her brother, Jeff VandenBerg, are owners and founders of The Meanwhile Bar and The Pyramid Scheme music venue. Tami worked on the campaign for Michigan State Proposal One in 2018 which legalized recreational cannabis in Michigan. In addition to numerous years of drug policy reform activism, Tami has also worked on efforts to end homelessness in the city, fight climate change and on anti-violence initiatives. She lives with her daughter and partner in the Eastown neighborhood of Grand Rapids. When she isn't working or volunteering, she is likely gardening, reading or traveling. Tami has received numerous awards for her business leadership and humanitarian efforts

NIVA Presents Independent Venues: Heritage & Heartbeat

In big cities and small towns alike, independent music venues are central to the cultural fabric of our communities: places for like-minded folks to gather, exchange ideas, share art, support one another, and lock the stresses of everyday life outside for a few hours. As a global pandemic has temporarily shuttered these artistic hubs, our collective tension shows us that we miss them even more than we thought we might, absolutely proving their place as an integral part of our lives. Join venue owners and others as they share their stories and discuss the impact of their gathering places on our communities.