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Think in Decades, Not Years - Feb Third Thurs Salon

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The DVAA Third Thursday Salon Series Presents:

Think in Decades, Not Years: Time Management for Artists
with Andrew Simonet

February 21st, 7:00-8:30pm


"Think in decades, not years.” —Germaine Ingram

Most artists massively overestimate what we can do in a week. And we massively underestimate what we can do in a decade.
Those two things are related. When I am running around this week, scattered and frantic, I’m not doing the small, incremental things that pay off over decades: studio time, inspiration and dreaming time, time to write about my work, planning time, conversations with collaborators, partners, and advocates.
I can skip my studio time, and I'll be fine this week. Over decades, I will not be fine. What are the small, incremental things I can do this week that will come to fruition over decades? Can I be realistic about what I accomplish this week in order to be massively ambitious about what I accomplish this decade? In this workshop, we will look at managing time, the long arc of creation, and specific tools artists have used to to build sustainable lives over decades.


ABOUT THE PRESENTER:
Andrew Simonet is a choreographer and writer in Philadelphia. His debut novel, WILDER, was published in 2018 by Farrar Straus and Giroux. In 2006, he founded Artists U, a platform for helping artists make sustainable lives. Artists U has programs in Philadelphia, Baltimore, and South Carolina, and offers workshops and resources nationally. Andrew was, from 1993 to 2013, a founding co-director and choreographer of Philadelphia’s Headlong Dance Theater, along with his collaborators Amy Smith and David Brick. Headlong created collaborative dance theater in Philadelphia, and toured nationally. Andrew’s projects included CELL, a performance journey for one audience member at a time guided by your cell phone, and This Town is a Mystery, performances by four Philadelphia households in their homes, followed by a potluck dinner. Headlong’s work was funded by the New England Foundation for the Arts’ National Dance Project, The Creative Capital Foundation, The Pew Charitable Trusts, The Rockefeller Foundation MAP Fund, The Japan Foundation, and The National Endowment for the Arts. Headlong’s work was produced by The Philadelphia Live Arts Festival, Dance Theater Workshop (NYC), P.S. 122 (NYC), Central Park Summerstage, The Jade Festival (Tokyo), The Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art, and the Portland Institute for Contemporary Art. With Headlong, Andrew helped found Dance Theater Camp, annual festival of workshops and collaboration for professional artists that was entirely artist-run and free for all participants, and the Headlong Performance Institute, a school for experimental performance. Andrew lives in West Philadelphia with his wife Elizabeth and their sons, Jesse Tiger and Nico Wolf.

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