THE BASICS THAT BRING WORK FROM THE PERSONAL TO THE PUBLIC
In these workshops, participants will develop the foundational skills to comfortably and confidently communicate their artistic practice in professional ways. The workshops are as much a space for artists to grow in their practices as they are an opportunity to come together and learn from their local creative community.
Each topic begins with a discussion section where participants will learn the tools to develop the skills needed, followed by a hands-on peer-review section. These workshops can be taken alone or in combination as a creative professionalization series.
WORKSHOP ONE: FORMING A PERSONAL STATEMENT
Reflecting on your work to write an artist statement
The first workshop in the series will help artists reflect on their work in order to articulate their creative practice confidently and clearly. The workshop sessions will provide guiding questions to consider when reviewing a body of work, as well as a framework for expressing theoretical or abstract concepts in ways others can understand. Participants will practice writing an artist statement, and are encouraged to come with any current statement or language, as well as questions to bring into a peer-review setting.
WORKSHOP TWO: ARTICULATING CREATIVE PRACTICE
Thinking ahead to put together a project proposal
Workshop two in the series builds from the first workshop in order to plan a formal creative project. The workshop will cover topics to consider when writing a proposal, how to develop an appropriate schedule, and how to choose concepts that best represent participants’ creative practice. As with the hands-on learning component in the first workshop, participants will be asked to prepare a project proposal and are encouraged to bring in any current proposals or future proposals for peer review.
WORKSHOP THREE: SEEKING SUPPORT
Applying for funding, a residency, or an open call for work
The final workshop in the series will take the foundational writing skills from the previous two workshops and apply them to grant funding, an artist-residency program, or an open call for work. Participants will learn the basics for putting together a solid application, the dos and don’ts when applying, and tips for documenting their work. The final class will ask participants to create a first draft of an application and workshop it with the group.