Announcing upcoming Artist Education workshops (Spring 2018)

We're so excited to bring you another season of Artist Education workshops, in what will be the third official season of this unique collaboration between the Cabaret, Pangea World Theater, and Soo Visual Arts Center. The series invites artists on the edge of culture to teach their peers about the personal and professional skills they've developed to thrive on the margins. Check out the full schedule schedule of workshops below, meet the artist facilitators, and mark your calendars!

GAYming the System: Tax Tools for Creative Queers

Facilitated by Scott Artley | Thursday, March 1st, 6:00-8:00pm @ Soo Visual Arts Center

Let's be real: Tax law is written, on the whole, to uphold the white patriarchy, and its benefits are overwhelmingly concentrated away from marginalized communities. Artists and other creative professionals, in particular, are underserved by this system. Until we can radically remake our economy, we've got to help each other navigate it. Taught through the lens of queer politics, this workshop aims to introduce creative queers (& LGBTQ+ allies) to: (1) Filing taxes as a creative professional, (2) Common tax write-offs specific to artists, (3) What records to keep, and easy ways to do it, and (4) Building alternative economies. Bottom-line: You deserve the money, let's figure out how to make sure you get it.

Re-Defining the Edge: Engaging with Youth Artists and Audiences

Facilitated by Seth Matz | Saturday, March 24th, 2:00-4:00pm @ Soo Visual Arts Center

Engagement with youth is crucial to the continuation of radical arts programming, but artists often shy away from working with youth due to barriers they consider out of their control. Workshop participants will walk away with a deeper understanding of how to establish effective creative partnerships with youth across social and economic barriers. Through a combination of materials and philosophies, participants will be given tools for deep and effective engagement with youth artists and audiences.

Writing Your Own Love Letters

Facilitated by Tori Hong | Tuesday, April 24th, 6:00-8:00pm @ Soo Visual Arts Center

Writing love letters to ourselves allows us to create safer spaces to be honest and vulnerable in our artistic practice - and to offer ourselves love, care and support. Artists will learn some of the science behind positive self-talk and gain skills for writing their love letters. The workshop will have space for self-reflection and boundaries sharing to help foster community care along with self-care. This workshop centers and uplifts LGBTQ Indigenous artists and artists of color - artists who are frequently marginalized and/or exoticized in their personal and artistic lives. 

Cultivating Listening and Awareness

Facilitated by marcie rendon | Tuesday, May 8th, 6:00-8:00pm @ Pangea World Theater

Participants will learn how to give and receive both 'aware' attention and active listening to assist them and others in striving to develop their full potential. This will consist of learning non-judgemental and non-advice giving listening skills. It will also include practicing the skills with each other as each individual attempts a new or difficult skill set.

Creative Survival: Making Art and Making Life through Chronic Illness

Facilitated by Chava Kokhleffel | Saturday, May 26th, 2:00-4:00pm @ Pangea World Theater

How do we live as artists with chronic pain, illness and post-traumatic stress?  How can we be empowered to create our lives through sickness? Creating through Sickness will pair Theater of the Oppressed exercises and concrete skill-sharing to embody various aspects of ongoing healing and survival, while deepening a political lens on our day to day experience as sick people.