A panel discussion and community conversation
Free and open to the public
All visiting artists are contributors to Sharon Louden’s book The Artist As Cultural Producer: Living and Sustaining a Creative Life and will act as catalysts to the local community for conversations about the role artists play in community. Watermark Books & Cafe will have books available for sale at the event.
Participating panelists include:
Sharon Louden is an artist and author as well as consultant with Creative Capital and the Joan Mitchell Foundation. Her book encompasses a collection of essays from artists and arts organizations across the country.
Chloë Bass is a conceptual artist working in performance, situation, publication, and installation. Her work addresses scales of intimacy, where patterns hold and break as group sizes expand, and daily life as a site of deep research.
Former director of Southern Exposure, now based in Los Angeles, Courtney Fink is a founding member and the Director of Common Field. She has extensive experience as a community organizer. She lends a national perspective and mentorship for the creative efforts happening in the Wichita community.
Alison Wong is an artist and co-founder of Butter Projects in Detroit, MI.
Jayme McLellan is an artist, curator, gallery director and founder of Civilian Art Projects and Transformer in Washington, DC.
In addition to the primary panel discussion event, the following day we will host three complementary workshops to tap into the visiting artists expertise to reflect and organize for the Wichita community. Following these workshops, there will be a reception where attendees will have the opportunity to casually chat and mingle with guest artists.
This event is sponsored by The Seed House, The Kansas Creative Arts Industries Commission, The Arts Council, The Hotel at Oldtown, The Ford Foundation and KMUW.
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 18, 2017 | 10 AM – 3 PM AT HARVESTER ARTS
Community Workshops with visiting artists
TICKETS $15 VIA EVENTBRITE LINK
$15 includes one morning session, lunch and the afternoon session.
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10 AM: CHALLENGES FOR CREATIVE ORGANIZATIONS
Courtney Fink of Common Field, Jayme McLellan of Civilian Art Projects, and artist Chloë Bass.
Drawing from the visiting artist’s experience as organizers in their own communities, this workshop will contrast their experiences with those of creative organizers in Wichita. Together, they will identify strengths and challenges of this type of work. Location: Harvester Arts.
10 AM: LIVING A CREATIVE LIFE
Sharon Louden and Alison Wong.
Drawing from the visiting artist’s experience sustaining creative lives in their own communities, this workshop will contrast their experiences with those of artists in Wichita. Together, they will identify strengths and challenges of this type of lifestyle. Location: Harvester Arts.
12:00: LUNCH AT HARVESTER ARTS
(provided for all workshop attendees)
12:30 PM: CRAFTING A SHARED VISION
All together session.
Workshop participants will come together, lead by local organizers from The Seed House to compile strengths and challenges for organizations and individual artists in Wichita. Participants will outline an action plan to address challenges. Location: Harvester Arts
**Additionally, Sharon Louden will lead a workshop for WSU students across all disciplines on the diverse roles artists use to approach careers, and sustain professional practices. Friday, NOV 17 at 11am at the Ulrich Museum of Art.