Big news: I’m partnering with Skillshare, the online marketplace for offline classes, to build a rigorous Creative Arts program. Currently Skillshare offers plenty classes geared towards the tech savvy, entrepreneurial, startup community that is thriving and growing in the city. I’m helping them expand that field by reaching out to all my wonderful art contacts and encouraging them to host, whether in the form of a class or workshop, panel or event. 2012 is the year I diligently strive to provide a platform that allows underfunded and poorly represented creative professionals (this includes the antisocial artist recluse locked up in his/her studio all day and night) to share and SELL their work and service. I want to find ways to successfully disrupt the oft times inaccessible and distasteful art world system by providing not a reactionary alternative but a productive means for creative professionals to create and maintain an efficient and sustainable economy. Of course there are plenty of outlets for this, I’m just putting my two cents in.
THIS FRIDAY: The Creative Arts program kickoff starts with a screening and panel of the feature length music video Girl Walk / All Day. The husband and wife team Youngna & Jacob have created a flawless model in producing, marketing, and distributing their film that is very much outside of the traditional film route. Put on your dancing shoes and come out this Friday to Grind, a very pretty coworking space in the city, and learn how they’ve managed to partner up with an amazing crew of companies, successfully raised funds, and marketed to appeal to the public with a feel-good and undeniably contagious energy.
Some other great classes coming up includes:
Writing and Communicating About Art Online Hrag is one of the most approachable folks you’ll find in the art world, a true supporter and lover of the arts, and here he shares his experience as an art critic and founder of the online art blogazine Hyperallergic. Learn about the wonderful world of the web and how to take advantage of it.
Selling Out: Marketing for the Creative Industries In this class you’ll learn what you’ve been avoiding your whole non-career: self-promotion. Debra is the founder of Culture Shock and provides consulting specifically for artists and galleries. Sell out, or sellout.
Art Collecting 101 Learn all about navigating the art world, discovering your “taste” and finding tools to safely collect art. Alexis is the founder of Artsicle and knows a thing about collecting and borrowing original artwork.
Let’s Make Sh*t Happen: Achieving Wild Dreams I’ve always admired Chloe, artist and creator of Arts in Bushwick (Bushwick Open Studios, SiteFest, etc), and I love her even more now for creating this 5 session workshop on making your ideas come ALIVE.
Practical Photoshop for Artists Micah is a very tall and very funny guy from Hawaii, an amazing artist who showed with Deitch before it closed. Here he shares fundamental skills for artists looking to toy around with digital media and beyond.
Networking in the Art World: Making Effective Connections Colette is a beautiful and lovely lady, an artist who has mastered the skills of hospitality while creating paintings and drawings that are intricate and mystical. She will teach you to do what you hate: approach people. Doing this in the art world is especially heinous but she’ll teach you how to cope with snots and maintain healthy and fruitful relationships.
Back to School! Getting Your MA/S While Working Full Time I’ve always wondered how Margaret, former director of MoMa’s Pop Rally, managed to work her ass off full time AND getting her masters in art history. Here she’ll teach you how you can do it too.
How to Write About Art, Your Own or Someone Else’s A class demystifying the world of art writing as taught by Kyle, editor at Artinfo. I’ve always felt my writing failed compared to his so if you’re an insecure art blogger like I am or you’re an artist who hates creating artist statements, this is for you.
Take advantage of all these amazing classes, sign up for Skillshare, and get learning!!