Mass Cultural Council is proud to be a funding partner with MASS MoCA’s Assets for Artists (A4A) program to support an upcoming 3-part workshop series:
“PLANNING WITH YOUR WHOLE SELF IN YOUR ART PRACTICE” W/ John Vo
Wednesdays, November 29, December 6 & 13, 2023 | 6:00 – 8:00 PM (in Zoom)
This is a 3-part series. Artists are asked to attend all sessions.
Many artists, particularly those who exist within historically marginalized communities, hold several identities at once, yet often feel the pressure to choose one over the other when planning for a career in the arts. This incongruity can often lead to anxiety and feelings of imposter syndrome when trying to figure out how to position and further one’s work. In this intimate, highly interactive series, artist John Vo introduces structures for achieving one’s creative goals without compromising the many additional roles and identities each artist holds. Participants will come away with the components of a personal and creative plan unique to their creative identity.
WEEK 1: MISSION invites artists to consider the central reasons why they make art, what drives them, and what values they wish to center in their practice and their lives.
WEEK 2: MONEY begins to tease apart the sticky questions of how to make one’s practice sustainable and how different forms of income can support one’s broader work.
WEEK 3: TIME interweaves all of these and considers strategies for structuring one’s life to make space for creating in harmony with all the roles in one’s life.
Participants should be prepared to actively engage with peers in a variety of group and partner discussions and exercises over the course of the three-week series.
Note: This class draws inspiration from Artists U‘s “Making Your Life as an Artist” curriculum, and uses John’s unique lens to cover similar topics to Laura Baring-Gould’s “Making a Plan in a Time of Uncertainty,” and “Artists U.”
Open to artists of all identities and disciplines and centering multicultural experiences. 15 participants max.
Open to artists in Massachusetts.
Please note this live, interactive workshop will not be recorded.
Image: Assets for Artists workshop trainer John Vo. Photo by Carolina Porras Monroy.