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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

Best Practices for Board Engagement

James Lussier to host a 1-day workshop on effectively defining best practices for board engagement.

Board Governance and the Effective Board/Executive Partnership Board Members and organizational executives will understand the principles of effective board governance, how it is a pre-requisite and compliments a highly functional management team; what needs to be developed at both the governance and management levels to guide organizational performance; and how to implement and effective approach and then measure its contribution to meeting the organization’s purpose and desired ends.

1. Introduction and Overview of Goals
2. Importance of an Effective & Proactive Approach to Governance
3. General Concepts and Practices of Governance
4. Board Policy Governance Model Concepts
5. Setting the Parameters of Effective Board Work (Important Policies)
6. Practical Steps to Pursue


February 8, 2020, 12:30-4:30pm

Five Oaks Museum (Washington County Museum), on PCC Rock Creek Campus, 17677 NW Springville Rd, Portland, OR 97229.

$35.00 registration fee. Parking fee not included.

The Lussier Center/TLC is focused on the quest for personal and organizational performance excellence through the development of governance and leadership that creates the future for their organizations.  James T. Lussier provides counsel and training to boards of directors and senior leadership on governance effectiveness, personal and organizational leadership development and the creation of optimum work environments.

The Lussier Center/TLC relies on a vast body of literature and experience in governance excellence including the experiences of past clients, The Carver Model of Policy Governance as promulgated by John Carver and Mariam Mayhew; the wonderful work of Jamie Orlikoff and Dennis Pointer and the American Governance & Leadership Group; The Governance Institute and many other resources.  All have contributed greatly to a contemporary body of knowledge directed toward the advancement of quality governance and the development of high performance boards of directors.

In addition, and probably of the greatest value and insight, Jim Lussier can call upon his own experience as a member of multiple governing boards and as a CEO and COO with 36 years experience.  His governance experience includes being a current member of five boards of directors and was a long-time member of the Board of Directors of St. Charles Health Systems (SCHS) where he was President/CEO for fifteen years until July 1, 2004 and as President Emeritus until 2006.  His past governmental board and commission experience include:


  • Chairperson and member of the board of Central Oregon Community College 
  • President and member of the Oregon State Board of Higher Education
  • Member of the Oregon Health Policy Commission


Mr. Lussier was selected as the 2013-14 Rotary District Governor for the region encompassing most of Oregon and Northern California and 73 Rotary Clubs. He is Currently the Curriculum Chair for Club President  Training for the Pacific NW. Jim is also currently an active member of the Volunteers of Medicine Clinic of the Cascades, the City Club of Central Oregon and past member of Facilities Guidelines Institute where he served as Chair of the Research & Development Committee.

Teens: Choosing a Career in the Creative Industry

What does it mean to say “I want to be an artist when I grow up”? In this engaging 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/gallery artist, many become product designers working within large corporations, arts administrators in the nonprofit sector, social justice advocates, sole proprietors and more. All of which are not only lucrative, they are extremely fulfilling!

This workshop’s topics will include finding the right college for [your] career path, the vast array of jobs in the creative sector, and the infamous “how do you make a living as an artist” talk. Come learn about the “behind-the-scenes” work in the creative industry.

This timely workshop gives youth a head start for pursuing summer internships. This workshop is for young artists of all media – visual, literary, performing, culinary, design.

Date: March 7, 2020

Time: 10am-12pm

Location: Beaverton City Library, Cathy Stanton Conference Room

Cost: Free

Opening Doors to All Abilities: Adapting your Arts Programs for People with Disabilities

Inclusion of people with disabilities can seem overwhelming, but it doesn’t have to be. Come listen to FACT Oregon share how to incorporate inclusive practices into your organization. Then be inspired as the Oregon Children’s Theatre and Disability Arts and Culture Project share how they welcome people with disabilities. 

March 11, 2020, 4:00-6:00 pm 

Brookwood Library Event Room, 2850 NE Brookwood Pkwy, Hillsboro, OR 97124


5 Keys to Building a Career as an Artist

Join a Thursday evening cohort of artists meeting every other Thursday with solopreneur expert, Jackie Peterson.  Class will cover the following topics: developing a niche, identifying your target market, developing your unique value proposition, pricing, and marketing.  

Every other Thursday, April 2 – May 28, 5:00-7:00pm 

Walters Cultural Arts Center, 527 E Main St, Hillsboro, OR 97123

$100 for 5 classes, including workbook

Pricing Your Work

This interactive workshop use worksheets to illustrate the standard pricing model that all businesses use to pay expenses and make a profit. Speaker, Jeffrey Howard will introduce some of the factors that artists use to arrive at a fair price for their work and teach students to apply some empirical methodology to emotional decisions. Participants get to move around looking at art and guessing the prices. It’s a fun game that drives home the lesson and engages the active learner.

Date: April 11, 2020

Time: 10:30am – 1:30pm

Location: Valley Art Gallery (2022 Main St, Forest Grove, OR 97116)

Cost: $35

Valley Art, established in 1966, is one of the oldest nonprofit, all-volunteer art associations in the Pacific Northwest. Today it is a thriving art gallery, pottery studio, and educational nonprofit organization offering unique gifts and an assortment of engaging classes and workshops. We have over 325 members, about 100 artists, and nearly 50 active volunteers. Find out more about this Forest Grove gem by visiting

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.

Past Creative Impact Series Workshops

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.