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Professional Development Workshops

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

We regularly add new workshops to this page! Register to our upcoming workshops below. You can also sign up for our monthly newsletter, Creative Industry eNews, to hear about upcoming programs and workshops.

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Workshops hosted by TVC are free but donations are welcome. Click here to donate.

Upcoming Workshops

Kaleidoscope from the Sea

Date: Thursday, June 9, 2022

Time: 6:00 – 8:00 pm

Where: Tualatin Valley Creates – 12470 SW 1st Street, Suite 203, Beaverton, OR 

Cost: $20, half of proceeds will be donated to Salt of The Earth LLC Sea Studio to help save our Oregon beaches from plastic debris

Host: Shelby Silver, Ecological Artist and Educator

 

Description:

Tualatin Valley Creates (TVC) offers workshops as a way for artists to connect while learning about important and interesting topics. In June we are teaming up workshop presenter, Shelby Silver, who is a multidisciplinary ecological artist, educator and cold-water diver.

Shelby’s work is largely centralized around marine conservation and ecological restoration through the removal of plastic marine debris from our oceans, and then the artistic application of these materials to her art sculptures. She will be bringing us Kaleidoscope from the Sea, an intimate invitation into creative conservation, non-judgmental practices, and open-hearted mindfulness.

Shelby is a graduate of gerontology, the study of aging, and with special focus on the holistic nature of our personal experiences and how they shape our lives. She has created Kaleidoscope from the Sea as an all-inclusive platform for intergenerational relationships to emerge from as a means of sharing creative knowledge across the life course perspective.

Kaleidoscope from the Sea is inspired by the many pieces of plastic floating in the ocean, and when collected and observed appear as if we are looking through a kaleidoscope. While the concept of ocean plastic is frightening, our workshop will explore the value of shifting the narrative from negative to positive in order to become solution focused within and through creative conservation, or rather community conscious creativity. With the guidance of Shelby Silver, Kaleidoscope from the Sea will empower you as an active agent of change seeking to nurture stewardship of land, sea, mind and body.

Kaleidoscope from the Sea is designed for everyone to participate in whether you consider yourself a professional artist, do not identify as a creative, or feel you are somewhere in between, this class was meant for you.

 

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Shelby Silver

I am a multidisciplinary ecological artist and educator. My practice is largely centralized around marine conservation and ecological restoration through the collection and utilization of reclaimed plastic marine debris and the artistic application of these non-geographically biased materials.

I teach intergenerational creative conservation through art, am a passionate cold-water diver, and an aspiring ecological psychologist.

Making a difference in the world is a personal journey first.

I believe in self compassion, creativity, and community, and I look forward to collaborating with you.

 

Email: [email protected]  |  Facebook  |  Instagram: @shelbysilver.ecologicalart  |  Website: www.shelbysilver.com

Past Workshops

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

This workshop was led by Bryan Welsh. Through this program, attendees learned how to develop tools needed in recovering from setbacks while connecting to their true north and call more instinctively.

In this two-hour workshop, attendees learned the ins and outs from experienced muralists- best practices like wall prep, how much paint to purchase/plan for, how to involve community members, and how to get approval for your mural project from local agencies or business districts.

Workshop attendees learned tips on how to get work noticed in a gallery. Presenters Kristin Solomon the Director of Blackfish Gallery and Emily Miller a practicing artist discussed how to best exhibit work, market yourself on social media, crafting a strong artist statement, and more in this two-hour workshop.

In this 2-hour workshop, high school students explored creative industry internship opportunities, shared their college and career focus, and discussed how to find and apply for summer internships. Guest speakers for this workshop were Heather Ferrin-Myers, the Director of School to Career for the Washington County Chamber of Commerce, Harvey Cumez-Chali, Business Outreach Coordinator for Hillsboro Downtown Partnerships and TS McCormick, professional actor, musician and educator with Bag and Baggage Productions in Hillsboro.

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. Jenna also discussed CAREs Act funding including: tax changes, the Paycheck Protection Program and the Economic Injury Disaster Loan.

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

Representatives from Oregon Children’s Theatre and the Arts Council of Lake Oswego talked about their creative approaches to fundraising. This workshop was part of the Creative Impact Series organized in partnership with the Beaverton Arts Program and Hillsboro Cultural Arts Division.

Mark McCrary, a seasoned nonprofit professional, discussed how to find the right fiscal sponsor for your project or organization. This workshop was part of the Creative Impact Series organized in partnership with the Beaverton Arts Program and Hillsboro Cultural Arts Division.

Institute for Aesthetic Advocacy representatives Allison Baker and Steven Pederson discussed how the arts influence and inspire social and political movements. This workshop was part of the Creative Impact Series organized in partnership with the Beaverton Arts Program and Hillsboro Cultural Arts Division.

Representatives from Awesome Portland, Oregon Arts Commission, Literary Arts and RACC hosted a free panel discussion providing information about grant opportunities and grant writing tips for individual artists in Washington County.

In this free workshop, we discussed how art helps us during difficult times for comfort. This workshop was part of the Creative Impact Series organized in partnership with the Beaverton Arts Program and Hillsboro Cultural Arts Division.

In this free 2-hour workshop, we delved into the age-old question, “how do you make a living as an artist?” We 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 steps to take toward shaping the career you want. Our panel of creative professionals included Danielle Gurley, Andre Middleton, Christine Miller, and Leah Payne.

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.