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Professional Development Workshops

Tualatin Valley Creates offers opportunities for artists and arts organizations to grow their skills and knowledge through professional development workshops.

We regularly add new workshops to this page! Learn more and register below, and sign up for our monthly Creative Industry eNews to hear about upcoming programming.

New to video conferencing systems like Zoom? Don’t worry: watch this short video on how to join a virtual meeting.

Upcoming Workshops

Announcing the 2020-2021 Creative Impact Workshop Series!

Tualatin Valley Creates partners with the Beaverton Arts Program and the Hillsboro Cultural Arts Division each year to offer a series of exciting professional development workshops. Check them out below!

Creative Impact Series

Teens: Choosing a Career in the Creative Industries

Hear from local creative professionals (top to bottom: Andre Middleton, Christine Miller, Leah Payne)
Hear from local creative professionals (top to bottom: Andre Middleton, Christine Miller, Leah Payne)


What does it mean to say, “I want to be an artist?” In this virtual workshop, we’re bringing together college counselors, art directors, professional artists, and art administrators to talk about what it really means to work in the creative sector. Not everyone becomes a studio artist – many become corporate product designers, nonprofit arts administrators, social justice advocates, business owners, and more.

Find the right college, explore the many directions you can go in the creative sector, and hear answers to the infamous question, “how do you make a living as an artist?” Our panel of creative professionals will guide you through an activity to give you meaningful steps to take toward the career you want. We invite young artists of all media. including (but not limited to!) visual, literary, performing, culinary, design.

2021 Panelists:

Date: February 6, 2021

Time: 2:00 – 4:00 PM

Location: Zoom (link will be sent after registration is complete)

Cost: FREE

Creative Impact Series

How the Arts Can Help Us Heal and Overcome Difficult Times


We have art so we shall not die of reality, said the famous German philosopher Frederich Nietzche.  Many of us have turned to the arts during these ongoing difficult times for comfort, distraction, centering, to reinforce and reaffirm our values, and to build connections with other people. Perhaps even unconsciously, we find ourselves seeking solace and connection through the arts.
Throughout human history and all over the world, people have come together through art, storytelling, poetry, and dance –to learn together, laugh together, and share common values.

Please join our discussion about how the arts can heal us and help us overcome difficult times.

Date: March 11, 2021

Time: 12:00 – 2:00 PM

Location: GoTo Meeting (link will be sent after registration is complete)

Cost: FREE

Maria Huppi
Maria is a mouth painting artist. She became a quadriplegic in 2000 when a windstorm caused a tree to fall on the roof of her minivan while her husband Mike was driving. Her passion for painting started when her mother gave her a paint-by-numbers kit, and further expanded when she showed her cards from the Association of Mouth and Foot Painting Artists.  Most of her inspiration comes from the beautiful garden and pond in her backyard where she has added goldfish and koi.  Daily visits from the squirrels and birds bring the backyard to life. Before the accident she enjoyed being out in the yard and gardening.  Now flowers grow on her canvas.  Watching the flowers, koi and goldfish has not only provided peaceful therapy but also color and movement which inspire her to re-create with paint. Visit Maria’s website to learn more.


Rev. Maya Andrea Y. Grillo Massar
Alternative Healing Facilitator and a Shamanic & Fine Artist, Maya Massar has been sharing her offerings in the areas of Creativity, Healing and Awakening for over four decades. Mayas lectures, workshops, meditations & presentations, using crystal, sound, movement and art as sacred gateways, are experiential in nature and facilitate participants in discovering new levels of energy, passion, peace and awareness in the present moment. Maya is also an actor, dancer and poet. In 2019, Maya graduated from Unitarian Universalist Seminary, Starr King School for the Ministry, joint program with The Chaplaincy Institute. She is an ordained Interfaith Minister and certified Spiritual Director. She currently works as a Hospice Chaplain, Interfaith Spiritual Director, Artist, Workshop Leader and Actress. She welcomes your inquiries. Visit Maya’s website to learn more.

Contracting as an Artist


Do you ever dream about being your own boss? Do you work as a subcontractor for a larger organization? In this 90-minute virtual workshop, led by TVC’s Executive Director, you will:

  • Learn best practices for negotiating contract work within the creative sector
  • Understand how to protect your intellectual property before it is released to the client
  • Gain a basic understanding on how to calculate profits into each gig

This workshop is designed for artists working in the visual and performing fields.

Date: April 15, 2021

Time: 6:30 – 8:30pm PM

Location: Zoom link coming soon!

Cost: FREE

Past Workshops

Click the drop-down for each workshop to access recordings for select webinars.

In this free workshop, participants learned about local grant opportunities specifically for arts and culture programming in Washington County.

In this 2-hour workshop, Enrolled Agent and Licensed Tax Consultant Jenna Goldin covered topics such as: business structure, self-employment taxes, income and expense categories, record keeping, quarterly taxes, and more. For 2020, Jenna also discussed CAREs Act funding including: tax changes, the Paycheck Protection Program and the Economic Injury Disaster Loan.

Representatives from Beaverton Arts Commission, Hillsboro Arts and Culture Council, Literary Arts, Oregon Arts Commission, and Oregon Cultural Fund provided information about grant opportunities specifically for individual artists in Washington County.

In this 2-hour workshop, co-presented with Portland Opera, we explored how to cut through the noise and meaningfully engage your audience. Through real-world examples and interactive portions, participants learned how to develop and implement a content strategy.

Parents and their children joined us for an interactive webinar with Mary Andrus, Art Therapy Program Director at Lewis and Clark College, and Portland-based art therapist Jolie Guillebeau. The speakers led participants through a calming art-based activity and discussed how creativity helps children (and the child in all of us) process challenging situations. 

The pandemic has resulted in many organizations facing or expecting to face budget deficits. This workshop, co-hosted with the Westside Transportation Alliance, covered strategies that can help with planning for deficits, including ideas that can help focus messages and activities, identify in-kind opportunities to reduce costs, and find allies to support your work.

Watch the Recording on YouTube.

This engaging workshop taught participants about the power of broadcast media for local community arts efforts. Participants learned how to get station representatives to reply to press releases and announcements and how to be an effective communicator for live broadcast media.

Watch the recording on YouTube.

This webinar, led by capital campaign managers from Beaverton Art Foundation’s Patricia Reser Center for the Arts, challenged attendees to think inventively about how to expand donor pools and how to message solicitations for individual contributions. It also identified  tell-tale signs of donor burnout and how to avoid them.

Watch the recording on YouTube.

This free webinar covered adjusting your budget given any lost revenue due to cancelled programming and how to manage increased individual giving.

This free webinar provided best practices for writing a proposal and/or application for COVID-19 relief funding opportunities.

Watch the recording on YouTube.

What to charge for your art can be a very difficult decision. This interactive workshop covered how to set fair pricing and how to motivate customers to purchase your work.

Participants heard FACT Oregon share how to incorporate inclusive practices. Oregon Children’s Theatre and Disability Arts and Culture Project shared how they welcome people with disabilities. 


In this free workshop for teens, TVC brought together college counselors, art directors, professional artists, and art administrators to talk about what it really means to work in the creative sector and provide resources for summer internships.

TVC hosted a 1-day workshop in partnership with The Lussier Center focused on effectively defining best practices for board engagement.

In this free workshop, participants learned about local grant opportunities specifically for arts and culture programming in Washington County.

Tualatin Valley Creates partnered with QuickBooks® Made Easy™ to offer a 3-day webinar series for Washington County service providers, artists, non-profit organizations and residents.

Good photos of your artwork make your website and applications to shows shine. Photographer Rick Paulson provided a two-hour guided tour on best practices for photographing artwork. 

Participants received free access to a variety of services including accounting, financial and legal advice, translation services, photography and video tips, and more. They left with a professional headshot, 30-second elevator speech video, professional advice on pressing needs, and the confidence to go forth and make more art.

Representatives from the Hillsboro Arts & Culture Council, Cultural Coalition of Washington County, Regional Arts & Culture Council, Miller Foundation, and Precipice Fund participated in a free panel discussion to share their knowledge about local grant opportunities for arts and culture programming in Washington County.

A Beginner’s Guide to Crafting Your Best Grant Proposal

In this hands-on workshop, Gigi Rosenberg demonstrated how to play the matchmaking game with potential funders, enlist a team to help craft a proposal, follow-up with a funder and create a budget to make your application irresistible.

Research Resources for the Creative Industry

You may have compelling anecdotes that illustrate the impact of your work, but do you have the data to back it up? Participants in this interactive discovered how to infuse data into grant writing, appeal letters and more to show the value and necessity of their work.

Moving from Invitation to Engagement

We all start from a place of wanting to share our creative work with a broader audience, but does inviting diverse audiences truly make everyone feel welcome?  In this session participants heard first-hand accounts of what has made people of color and marginalized groups feel truly welcome or unwelcome at arts events.