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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.

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

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

Upcoming Workshops

The Creative Impact Workshop Series is scheduled for September 2021 – April 2022.

This series is an opportunity for Washington County artists and cultural organizations to discuss pertinent topics related to navigating the nonprofit and art world. It is co-hosted by the City of Beaverton Arts Program, City of Hillsboro Cultural Arts Division, and Tualatin Valley Creates.

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Join representatives from Arts funders for this free panel discussion to learn about local grant opportunities specifically for arts and culture programming in Washington County. Learn tips for writing the best grants applications. Determine which opportunities fit best with your organization and its programs and get the chance to connect with grant makers who can answer your questions.

 

Date: January 13, 2022

Time: 4:00 – 6:00 pm

Location: In-person at the Walters Cultural Arts Center in Hillsboro

Cost: FREE

 

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In this 2-hour workshop, Enrolled Agent and Licensed Tax Consultant Jenna Goldin will cover topics such as: business structure, self-employment taxes, income and expense categories, record keeping, quarterly taxes, and more. There will be a slide show presentation and lots of time for Q&A. In light of current times, Jenna will also be available to talk about the CAREs Act including: tax changes, the Paycheck Protection Program and the Economic Injury Disaster Loan.

Jenna Goldin (she/her) has been preparing taxes for small businesses and individuals since 2010. She co-owned and operated Math LLC from 2012-2020, the same year she launched Shift Accounting LLC. Jenna’s work in tax preparation was born of the intention to bring a social justice lens to accounting. She found that the more she discussed money with clients, friends and associates, the more that the system exposed itself as a tool to perpetuate oppression and inequality. Her mission is to address the shame caused by the current capitalist system in order to empower those it intends to subjugate.

 

Date: Thursday January 27. 2022

Time: 4:00 – 6:00 pm

Location: Online via Zoom

Cost: FREE

 

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Non-profit organizations often forget how important it is to brand themselves, as it feels almost contradictory to the very notion of being a Not-for-Profit. But the reality is that it IS critical to make sure that their organization is perceived and promoted in a way that is resonant, responsive, and relevant to the communities they serve, and this effort requires employing marketing techniques and strategies similar to those in the for-profit sphere with the goal of amplifying their impact and supporting their missions.

In this workshop we’ll explore some of the pitfalls, blind spots, and poor practices that make non-profits miss opportunities for relationship building, community engagement, and fundraising, as well as provide participants with a simple set of principles and practical steps that will allow them to better position and promote their organizations, without creating an additional financial burden, and using resources they may already have.

 

Date: Thursday March 10, 2022

Time: 4:00 – 6:00 pm

Location: TBA

Cost: $25

 

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Congratulations, your art is in a gallery but how will you get noticed?  Learn tips on how to prepare to exhibit your work, market yourself on social media, and let your art speak for itself.  Learn the value of having an artist statement, framing or displaying appropriately, and location, location, location of your work in the gallery.

If you are currently showing in a gallery, bring photos for discussion.

 

Date: Wednesday March 24, 2022

Time: 4:00 – 6:00 pm

Location: Online via Zoom

Cost: FREE

 

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High school juniors and seniors are invited to explore the many creative industry internship opportunities available to them.  In this interactive workshop teens can share their college and career focus with professionals in a variety of areas to discuss how to find and apply for summer internships.

Creative industry includes but not limited to; theater, film, fashion, music, gallery, arts administration, and more.

 

Date: Saturday March 12, 2022

Time: 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Location: Hidden Creek Community Center – Kalapuya Hall  in Hillsboro, OR

Cost: FREE

 

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Want to know how to take your original artwork and scale it up to a mural? Want to know more about 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? Take our workshop and learn from experienced muralists the ins and outs of the process. All ages welcome! 

 

Date: Thursday April 14, 2022

Time: 4:00 – 6:00 pm

Location: TBA

Cost: FREE

 

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When adversity hits or a plan fails, we fare better if we have a strong sense of purpose and direction. We instinctively know this concept to be accurate but don’t always have a framework to guide us back on track. “Finding Your Why” is a program to develop the tools you need to not only recover from a setback but to connect to your true north and call more instinctively.

Questions can lead to more questions but eventually to answers. Join Bryan Welsh for an engaging program to learn a framework you can apply to find your why and see your best work and life realized.

 

Date: Thursday April 21, 2022

Time: 4:00 – 6:00 pm

Location: Hidden Creek Community Center in Hillsboro, OR

Cost: $25

 

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Looking for an opportunity to show your work and receive feedback? Young artists ages 14-19 yrs old are invited to participate in the Portfolio Review Workshop on Saturday, April 23, 2022.

Bring your artwork created within the past 6 months. All media welcome; visual, literary, performing arts, music, fashion design and more to present for critique by professionals in the field and by your peers.

 

Date: Saturday April 23, 2022

Time: 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Location: Hidden Creek Community Center – Kalapuya Hall in Hillsboro, OR

Cost: FREE

 

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Past Workshops

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

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 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.

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.