Building Community for a Sustainable Creative Life, with Sharon Louden

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In this four-part online workshop series on building a sustainable career and creative life, artist Sharon Louden will focus on leveraging artists’ inherent creativity, thinking outside the box about creating opportunities, and building relationships. Louden will review relevant information and examples of artists building communities that help empower those willing to put in the work to turn generosity into opportunities.

Content will include:

  • Honing communication skills

  • Methodologies to follow when a new opportunity is identified

  • Approaching arts professionals without a referral

  • Best practices for building a community of artists

  • Meeting the needs and wants of artists

Louden will share the expertise she has gained through collaborations and conversations with gallery owners, museum professionals, critics, curators, and others in different art communities. The workshop series is specifically designed to empower artists, demonstrate pragmatic approaches to sustaining a creative life, and build relationships into communities.

In addition, there will be multiple touch-points of correspondence between Sharon and participants throughout the four-week duration that will include extensive sharing of documents and answering of questions. In-between these sessions, participants will have access to an online forum where they can stay in touch, share information and resources, and build community outside of the class sessions.

At the conclusion of the series, Sharon will be made available for one-on-one consultations where she can answer questions specific to each artist’s situation.

Workshop Dates:

  • Part 1: Monday, March 16, 7-8:30pm ET

  • Part 2: Monday, March 23, 7-8:30pm ET

  • Part 3: Monday, March 30, 7-8:30pm ET

  • Part 4: Monday, April 6, 7-8:30pm ET

After the workshop series concludes, participants will be given the opportunity to sign up for an additional one-on-one consultation with Sharon Louden. Consultations are 45-minutes long and take place by phone or video conference. The price is $90. 15 sessions will be made available.

This online workshop series will be recorded. The recordings will be shared with all registered participants after the workshop concludes, regardless of whether a participant attends the live workshop. The recordings will be available online to registrants indefinitely; they are not available for download.

Sharon Louden is an artist, educator, advocate for artists, editor of the Living and Sustaining a Creative Life series of books and the Artistic Director of the Visual Arts at Chautauqua Institution.

Published in 2013, Living and Sustaining a Creative Life is now in its 7th printing, with sales in 24 countries. From 2013 until 2015, Louden traveled on a 62-stop book tour, where she met thousands of artists. Louden has continued this momentum bringing her second book, The Artist as Culture Producer on an extensive 102-stop conversation tour from 2017-2018. This book is now in its second printing and has also sold in 24 countries as well as adopted in many schools throughout the US.

Her next books, Last Artist Standing and The Innovators: Defining Change in the Art World, edited with Jessica Lynne, will be published in 2020 and 2021 respectively.

Sharon is a faculty member in the MFA Fine Arts program at the School of Visual Arts in New York and a Senior Critic at the New York Academy of Art where she organizes a Lecture Series.

In addition to teaching in colleges and universities, Louden is also active on boards and committees of various not-for-profit art organizations and volunteers her time to artists to further their careers.

You may attend this online workshop by computer (Mac OSX 10.8 or PC computer Windows 7 and higher) or mobile device (iPhone iOS version 9.3 or higher, iPad iOS version 9.3 or higher, Android OS version 4.0 or higher).

For computers, please login using Chrome web browser, which must be totally up-to-date.

Internet Explorer, Firefox, Edge, and Safari may also be used, but will require you to download and install Intermedia AnyMeeting’s Desktop Application (our online workshop platform).

A strong wifi or hard-wired Internet connection is preferred (1 Mbps or faster).

Please contact Creative Capital at workshops@creative-capital.org.

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