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Natasha Marin Talks About AT Professional Development

Megan Gallagher

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Photo: Erika Schultz

Born in Trinidad and raised in Canada, 2017 Fellowship recipient Natasha Marin is a Seattle-based poet whose work has appeared in Feminist Studies Journal, African American Review, and The Caribbean Writer. She is the creator of community-based interdisciplinary projects such as Miko Kuro’s Midnight Tea and Red Lineage. Her most recent endeavor, Reparations, has garnered both local and national attention for its invitations for People of Color to request what they need to “feel better, be happier, be more productive” and for people who identify as White to offer services and contributions to fulfill those requests.

Natasha has received grants from the City of Seattle, Artist Trust, and the City of Austin supporting her community-based projects. She credits her participation in Artist Trust’s 2012 EDGE Professional Development Program with helping her leap into her career as an artist.

“When I participated in EDGE, I was a mother with a new baby, trying for a foothold in the Seattle creative community. EDGE gave me the opportunity to finally, get to the nitty-gritty of what it means to be working as a professional in my field. Through my peers in the program, I’ve been connected to many more wonderful opportunities and this is of real value to me. No matter who you are, raw talent will only carry you so far—learning how to share resources in community leads to the kind of success that is sustainable!”

Artist Trust is offering a series of professional development courses through Art Business Night School. Inspired by the content and curriculum of the EDGE Professional Development Program, Art Business Night School’s evening classes focus on teaching valuable, fundamental skills to help prepare participants for a career as an artist.

Learn more about Art Business Night School here.

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Megan Gallagher is a writer from Redmond, Washington. She’s obsessed with libraries, art and radio, and aspires toward a future career in nonprofit communications and/or arts administration.