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Artist Trust, Seattle / As A Creative - Strategic Planning & Goal-setting

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Artspace Hiawatha Lofts
843 Hiawatha Pl S
Seattle, WA 98144

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$80 / $60 for AT members

Event Information

In this workshop, artist Paul Rucker will help you lay the foundation to create a strategic plan and realize your aspirations for your artistic practice. Facilitated group discussions will focus on goal-setting and visualization, honoring your authentic voice, and addressing mental and physical barriers to pursuing your goals. You’ll leave this workshop with a better understanding of yourself as an artist and be able to see rejection as a tool for success and a documentation of progress.

*Recommended for artists of color at any stage in their career

PLEASE NOTE: All participants will be asked to sign a non-disclosure agreement. This workshop is part of a national series Rucker is facilitating as part of his research for his upcoming book, As a Creative. As an additional note, this workshop will be emotionally challenging and participants should come prepared for group discussion.

Visualizing your journey as an artist
Creating your strategic plan
Starting and completing projects
Turning your patterns of rejection into tools for success
Using your uniqueness to power your art practice
Balancing your priorities

A strategic plan for your practice
Identifying your goals, direction, and practice
Solutions to mental and physical barriers in your art practice
Breakdown of your time and how to manage it
A better sense of self-awareness and how to emotionally navigate challenges
One-on-one feedback from the instructor

Limited, partial needs-based, Filipinx, and Latinx scholarships are available by request for all ticketed Artist Trust programs.

Email Program Coordinator Zach Frimmel for questions about the workshop.

Paul Rucker

Paul Rucker is a visual artist, composer, and musician who often combines media, integrating live performance, sound, original compositions, and visual art. Much of his current work focuses on the Prison Industrial Complex and the many issues accompanying incarceration in its relationship to slavery. He has presented performances and visual art exhibitions across the country and has collaborated with schools, active prisons, and also inactive prisons such as Alcatraz. His work is intended to be a powerful catalyst for community dialogue.

In one of his largest installations, REWIND, Paul addresses social and cultural issues in race, class, and power by re-envisioning historical events and connecting them to current issues of power and injustice in America. Showings of REWIND across the country have garnered critical praise, including coverage by Huffington Post, Artnet News, Washington Post, The Root, and Real News Network.

Paul is a 2012 Creative Capital grantee, a 2014 MAP Fund grantee, a 2015 Joan Mitchell Foundation Painters & Sculptors Grant recipient, 2016 Rauschenberg Artist as Activist Fellowship recipient, a 2017 Guggenheim Fellow, and was named a 2018 TED Fellow. Paul is the recipient of a 2007 Fellowship, a 2012 GAP Award, a 2012 Conductive Garboil Grant, and a 2018 Arts Innovator Award from Artist Trust.

Interested disciplines

All Disciplines, Artists with Disabilities, Arts-Related, Craft, Dance, Design, Emerging Fields & Cross-Disciplinary, Film/Media Arts, Folk/Traditional Arts, Literary Arts, Multidisciplinary Arts, Music, Performing Arts, Photography, Public Art, Theater, Visual Arts, Non-Profit Orgs.