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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.

Upcoming Workshops

Pricing Your Work

What to charge for your art can be a very difficult decision. In this 3 hour workshop you’ll learn what factors to consider when pricing your paintings, sculptures, crafts, and other visual arts. I’ll teach you how to value your work fairly and use price to motivate your customers to buy! We’ll calibrate on pricing strategies based on the cutting edge of cost marketing techniques. You’ll walk away with real prices on your work and the knowledge you need to negotiate a sale. And we’ll have fun doing it.
Please be prepared to share at least one example of your work with the group.


Date: April 11, 2020

Time: 10:30am – 1:30pm

Location: Webinar Workshop. Participants will need internet access.
Login link and workshop materials will be distributed after payment.

Cost: $35

Since 2000 Jeffrey Howard has been helping artists manage their businesses and find ways to sell their work. Jeffrey’s goal is to help artists get the tools they need to succeed and live the life they dream of. Jeffrey helps artists from all kinds of backgrounds use technology to stay in touch with their fans. He teaches artists how to manage their finances and plan for the success of their businesses. He creates opportunities for artists to show their work in coffee shops, bars, restaurants and other high traffic businesses, and professional offices, such as PR firms, law firms and doctors offices. He helps artists manage their brands in order to capitalize on their successes. In short, Jeffrey helps artists.
In the service of these goals Jeffrey also provides curatorial help to high traffic businesses by matching original art with spaces that welcome the public. Jeffrey aims to create mutually beneficial relationships between artists and the owners and managers of these businesses.
Jeffrey also helps those who wish to buy and invest in art to connect with the best emerging artist in the Portland area…and beyond.

How to Interview on TV and Radio

This engaging workshop teaches participants about the power of broadcast media for local community arts efforts.Participants will learn how to get station representatives to reply to press releases and announcements. The topics will go over how to be an effective communicator for live broadcast media. Participants will learn how to clearly articulate their topic, reply with more than “yes – no” answers, and how to loosen up when it comes to being interviewed on television and radio.

About the Speaker:

Gabby Urenda is a features editor with the Hillsboro and Forest Grove News-Times. She currently hosts a podcast highlighting various artists and events in Washington County. Previously, Gabby was a television reporter in Southern Oregon for two years and interviewed people of all ages. She also grew up in Salem, Oregon and attended the University of Oregon (Go Ducks). https://www.gabbyurenda.com/

Registration link coming soon!


Date: May 27, 2020

Time: 4:30pm – 5:30pm

Location: TBD

Cost: Free

How to Talk About Your Work

About the Speaker: Jeffrey Howard

For 20 years, Jeffrey Howard has been helping artists manage their businesses and find ways to show their work. Jeffrey focuses on what tools are need in order for individual artists to succeed in this ever-changing market. A graduate of Aloha High School, Oregon, he went on to a career in marketing and business operations for national restaurant chains before finally turning his skills toward the artists he has always loved.

More details and registration link coming soon!


Date: June 9, 2020

Time: 6:30pm – 8:30pm

Location: Ki Coffee, 4655 SW Griffith Drive, Beaverton, OR

Cost: $25.00

Past Workshops

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.