A Sustainable Creative Life: Community and Opportunities

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A Sustainable Creative Life: Community and Opportunities


In this two-part workshop, Sharon Louden will offer visual artists strategies to engage their communities and demonstrate pragmatic approaches to sustaining a creative life. Louden will share the expertise she has gained through collaborations and conversations with gallery owners, museum professionals, critics, curators, nonprofits, residencies, academics and others in different art communities. Louden draws on examples and models from the front lines of the visual arts landscape collected on two extensive book tours, daily conversations and interactions, as well as a long career as an educator and leader. The workshop series is specifically designed to empower artists, demonstrate pragmatic approaches to sustaining a creative life, and demystify the “artworld.” This workshop will provide a close look at the topics below and we recommend that artists have taken either A Sustainable Creative Life: Relationships and Ecosystems or another workshop with Sharon Louden in the past.


Best practices to engage communities of artists online

Activating and engaging your network over time

Methodologies to create opportunities and work together

Specific examples of what artists and arts professionals are doing to survive, create, and thrive

How to collaborate with museums, nonprofits and other arts organizations

Exploring what a “post-exhibition” world can look like

In addition, there will be multiple touch-points of correspondence between Sharon and participants throughout the duration of each part that will include extensive sharing of documents and answering of questions. In between these sessions, participants will have access to an online forum where they can stay in touch, share information and resources, and build community outside of the class sessions.


  • Session One: Monday, April 4, 7-8:30pm ET
  • Session Two: Monday, April 11, 7-8:30pm ET


After the workshop series concludes, participants will be given the opportunity to sign up for an additional one-on-one consultation with Sharon Louden where she can answer questions specific to each artist’s situation. Consultations are 45-minutes long and take place by phone (or Zoom if you are outside of the US). The price is $120. Sharon will make 20 or more sessions available to those who attend the workshop.


This online workshop series will be recorded. The recordings will be shared with all registered participants after the workshop concludes, regardless of whether a participant attends the live workshop. The recordings will be available online to registrants indefinitely; they are not available for download.

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