Apr
27
6:00 PM18:00

Portland Author Beth Pickens In Conversation with Nicole Georges

A candid guidebook about art-making in the midst of oppression.

As a teenager visiting the Andy Warhol Museum, Beth Pickens realized the importance of making art. As an adult, she has dedicated her life to empowering working artists. Intimate yet practical, Your Art Will Save Your Life helps artists build a sustainable practice while navigating the world of MFAs, residencies, and institutional funding.

Join us April 27, to celebrate arts consultant Beth Pickens’ debut book, Your Art Will Save Your Life, and Nicole Georges’ critically-acclaimed graphic novel, Fetch. Georges and Pickens will read from their books followed by a conversation about issues facing artists and writers in our current political climate, ending with an audience Q&A.

WHO: Beth Pickens and Nicole Georges
WHAT: Your Art Will Save Your Life book reading and author discussion with Beth Pickens and Nicole Georges
WHEN: Friday April 27, 6-8pm
WHERE: Floating World Comics, 400 NW Couch St.

“Offers modest and straightforward suggestions for surviving and thriving in creative endeavors.” —Publishers Weekly

“I’ve already recommended Your Art Will Save Your Life to all my students and friends. I myself consult it regularly, for discipline, inspiration, and wisdom. This book is crucial, and Beth Pickens is exactly the person to write it—tough, friendly, experienced, politically incisive, spiritually wise. A slim, necessary revelation.” —Maggie Nelson, author of The Argonauts

“A survival guide for the creatives among us.” —Nicole Georges, author of Fetch: How a Bad Dog Brought Me Home

“I’m so grateful for this book! I’m buying it for every single creative person in my life.” —Ann Friedman, host of Call Your Girlfriend

“If you are a person who needs to make art in order to function, this book is from your best, smartest, coolest, most insightful, wise, learned, practical, savvy, no-bullshit friend who knows you and loves you anyway.” —Lucy Corin, author of One Hundred Apocalypses and Other Apocalypses

“An electrically inspiring, politically fresh, and class-conscious guide for artists who wish to engage more deeply with their process, their careers, and their lives.” —Michelle Tea, author of Modern Tarot

“The self-help book every artist needs! Wish I’d had this book my entire life.” —Ali Liebegott, author of Cha-Ching!

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Apr
25
7:00 PM19:00

Oakland - Your Art Will Save Your Life Launch at Wolfman Books

Celebrate the launch of YOUR ART WILL SAVE YOUR LIFE with Beth Pickens and Tammy Johnson!

“I’ve already recommended Your Art Will Save Your Life to all my students and friends. I myself consult it regularly, for discipline, inspiration, and wisdom. This book is crucial, and Beth Pickens is exactly the person to write it—tough, friendly, experienced, politically incisive, spiritually wise. A slim, necessary revelation.” —Maggie Nelson, author of The Argonauts

Beth Pickens reminds us that art makes us want to be alive. It lets us know that we are not alone in this world no matter how isolated we feel. And in this oppressive political climate, art is more important now than ever.

Written in the aftermath of the 2016 presidential election and drawing from Pickens’s extensive background in art fundraising and consulting, YOUR ART WILL SAVE YOUR LIFE empowers emerging and established artists alike to balance activism and financial concerns while nurturing their own creative processes.

From exercises designed to quiet inner critics to advice on navigating institutional funding, Pickens helps artists create foundations for healthy and sustainable expression no matter the medium. Reminding us art has always been a tool of the resistance, YOUR ART WILL SAVE YOUR LIFE provides simple yet powerful lessons on how to keep creating at a time when art is more necessary than ever.

Beth Pickens is a Los Angeles-based consultant for artists and arts organizations. She provides career consultation, grant writing, fundraising, and financial, project, and strategic planning services for clients across the US. Before relocating to Los Angeles in 2014, Pickens was based in San Francisco and served as Senior Program Manager at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts and Managing Director of both RADAR Productions and the Queer Cultural Center.

Tammy Johnson is a dancer, writer, and equity analyst living in Oakland, California. As a highly visible and effective community organizer in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, she directed campaigns on economic justice, electoral reform and public education. Johnson’s gift for strategy development and ability to nurture strong relationships with groups on the ground led to a decade at Race Forward. She is also a principal partner of Art/Work Practice, a firm that advances cultural strategies with a through an equity-based approach. For over a decade Johnson and Etang Inyang performed as the award-winning Egyptian Bellydance duet, Raks Africa, and co-directed Girls Raks Bellydance and Body Image program. She is currently the director the Northern African Berber inspired culture production company, Project Aiwa.

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Apr
24
7:00 PM19:00

San Francisco - In conversation with Brontez Purnell at City Lights

As a teenager visiting the Andy Warhol Museum, Beth Pickens realized the importance of making art. As an adult, she has dedicated her life to empowering working artists. Intimate yet practical, Your Art Will Save Your Life helps artists build a sustainable practice while navigating the world of MFAs, residencies, and institutional funding.

Beth Pickens is a Los Angeles-based consultant for artists and arts organizations. She provides career consultation, grant writing, fundraising, and financial, project, and strategic planning services for clients across the US. Before relocating to Los Angeles in 2014, Pickens was based in San Francisco and served as Senior Program Manager at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts and Managing Director of both RADAR Productions and the Queer Cultural Center.

Brontez Purnell has been publishing, performing, and curating in the Bay Area for over ten years. He is author of the cult zine Fag School, frontman for his band The Younger Lovers, and founder and choreographer of the Brontez Purnell Dance Company. Formerly a dancer with Gravy Train!!!, a queer electro indie band that gained national prominence in the mid-2000s, Purnell's other prominent artistic collaborations include his supporting role in the queer independent feature film, "I Want Your Love" (dir. Travis Mathews, 2012). He was a guest curator for the Berkeley Art Museum's L@TE program in 2012, awarded an invitation to the 2012 Radar Lab queer arts summer residency, honored by Out Magazine's 2012 Hot 100 List and 2013 Most Eligible Bachelors List, and most recently won the 2014 SF Bay Guardian's Goldie for Performance/Music.

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Apr
17
6:00 PM18:00

Houston - Houston Center for Photography

Beth Pickens Workshop: Your Art Will Save Your Life

In times of political uncertainty, the work that artists do is more important than ever. As Beth Pickens writes in her recently-published book, Your Art Will Save Your Life, in these moments, "it is the brave and creative ones who lead, who solve problems and incite, inspire, organize, comfort, satirize, and reflect." In conjunction with the exhibition on view in HCP's galleries, "Margin and Center," which reflects on these moments through artists' interrogations of borders - whether geographical, ideological, or physical - HCP is pleased to present "Your Art Will Save Your Life," a workshop with LA-based consultant, writer, and activist, Beth Pickens. This is an interactive workshop for artists, writers, and creatives who want something more or different from their practice. Drawn from her book of the same name, you’ll engage in writing and group conversation, surveying the role your practice currently plays in your life. We will will discuss ‘an artist’s three basic needs’ and reflect on your interior landscape, considering how it impacts your creative life. Then, we’ll talk about outward actions to take to further your projects, practice, and creative career, while balancing your commitment to activism and community-building.

Light snacks and beverages will be provided. HCP will provide writing materials, attendees are not required to bring anything but their ideas.

Beth Pickens is a Los Angeles-based consultant for artists and arts organizations. She provides career consultation, grant writing, fundraising, and financial, project and strategic planning services for clients throughout the US. She earned her M.Ed. in Counseling Psychology from the University of Missouri-Columbia. Before relocating to Los Angeles in 2014, she was based in San Francisco where she served as Senior Program Manager at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts and Managing Director of both RADAR Productions and the Queer Cultural Center. She specializes in supporting queer and trans artists, women, and artists of color.

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Apr
14
1:30 PM13:30

Brooklyn - Getting Real With Money Workshop (a 2-Part Workshop for Writers and Artists)

Dates: Saturday, April 14 (Part 1) and Sunday, April 15 (Part 2)
Times: 1:30-4:30pm (each day)
Capacity: 20 participants
Cost: $75 total
Register here.

 

Capitalism got you down? Does money make you panic? Do you avoid bills or hide mail? Does the phrase ‘Roth IRA’ confound you? Are you convinced everybody learned how to be an adult with money except you? Time to do something different in this judgment-free environment where you will confront feelings and fears while gaining some practical personal finance skills.
 

  • In Part 1 we will dive into your emotional experience of money and personal finance. You will examine your family’s financial legacy and identify its impact on your present. Examining fear, shame, and guilt, we will use the power of a group experience to disrupt emotional cycles trapping you in money anxieties. You will learn some fundamental exercises to manage the feelings that come up when you think about money.
     
  • Part 2 focuses on practical skills including gathering data about your financial picture, creating a realistic budget, steps for moving out of debt, increasing earned income, and establishing achievable, personalized goals for the near future.
     

Beth Pickens is a Los Angeles-based consultant for artists and arts organizations. Her book Your Art Will Save Your Life (Feminist Press) comes out April 2018. She provides career consultation, grant writing, fundraising, and financial, project and strategic planning services for clients throughout the US. Pickens integrates person-centered Rogerian therapy training, financial management and fundraising, feminist analysis and capitalist critique, and goal-oriented actions to move her clients in the direction of their ambitions. She specializes in supporting queer and trans artists, women, and artists of color.

She earned her M.Ed. in Counseling Psychology from the University of Missouri-Columbia. Before relocating to Los Angeles in 2014, Pickens was based in San Francisco where she served as Senior Program Manager at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts and Managing Director of both RADAR Productions and the Queer Cultural Center.

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Apr
12
7:00 PM19:00

New York City - Book Release Party at Otherwild

*THIS IS A FREE EVENT! BOOKS WILL BE AVAILABLE TO PURCHASE*

Beth Pickens reminds us that art makes us want to be alive. It lets us
know that we are not alone in this world no matter how isolated we feel.
And in this oppressive political climate, art is more important now than
ever.

Written in the aftermath of the 2016 presidential election and drawing
from Pickens’s extensive background in art fundraising and consulting,
Your Art Will Save Your Life empowers emerging and established artists
alike to balance activism and financial concerns while nurturing their own
creative processes.

From exercises designed to quiet inner critics to advice on navigating
institutional funding, Pickens helps artists create foundations for healthy
and sustainable expression no matter the medium. Reminding us art has
always been a tool of the resistance, Your Art Will Save Your Life
provides simple yet powerful lessons on how to keep creating at a time
when art is more necessary than ever. 

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Apr
11
7:00 PM19:00

Long Island City, NY - Book Culture, with Aminatou Sow

Beth Pickens discusses her new book Your Art Will Save Your Life in conversation with Aminatou Sow.

Free!

Beth Pickens is a Los Angeles-based consultant for artists and arts organizations. She provides career consultation, grant writing, fundraising, and financial, project, and strategic planning services for clients across the US. Before relocating to Los Angeles in 2014, Pickens was based in San Francisco and served as Senior Program Manager at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts and Managing Director of both RADAR Productions and the Queer Cultural Center.

Aminatou Sow is founder of Tech LadyMafia, a group that increases opportunities for women in Tech, and the co-host of Call Your Girlfriend, a podcast that tackles the intricacies of pop culture and the latest in politics every single week. A digital strategist and writer, she was named one of Forbes 30 Under 30 in Tech. She is also a member of the Sundance Institute Director's Advisory Group and previously led Social Impact Marketing at Google. She lives in Brooklyn

 

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Apr
10
7:30 PM19:30

Los Angeles - Skylight Books with Michelle Tea and Ali Liebigott

Beth Pickens discusses her new self help book Your Art Will Save Your Life with Ali Liebegot and Michelle Tea

Free!

Ali Liebegott is the author of The Beautifully WorthlessThe IHOP Papers, and Cha-Ching! She is the recipient of two Lambda Literary Awards and a Ferro-Grumley Award. She currently lives in Los Angeles and writes for the Emmy Award-winning show Transparent.

Michelle Tea is the author of numerous books, including ValenciaHow to Grow Up, and Black Wave. She is the creator of the Sister Spit all-girl open mic and 1997-1999 national tour. In 2003, Michelle founded RADAR Productions, a literary non-profit that oversees queer-centric projects.

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Feb
24
2:00 PM14:00

Activating Artists: Making Art During Fascism

Museum of Art + History (MOAH)
665 West Lancaster Blvd.
Lancaster, CA 93534 (MAP)

FREE with registration

Artists are essential in resisting and dismantling fascism. Throughout history and through the present, you instigate, question, provoke; you provide humor, creative impulse, reflection, serenity, validation. In light of our country’s political swing toward white supremacy and hate, artists need the emotional, financial, physical, and spiritual support to sustain their work. You are invited to show up, listen, and share: support, resources, community-building, information, methods to enter movements, and ways to sustain both your activism and your practice. You will receive a free pamphlet with tips and self-assessment tools for continuing your practice during this administration. Bring a notebook and something to write with!

Sponsored by the Center for Cultural Innovation.

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Feb
10
10:00 AM10:00

Getting Real With Money (2 part series)

Saturday February 10, 10am - 1pm
Saturday February 17, 10am - 1pm

Women's Center For Creative Work (MAP)
$60/member; $75/public
LIMITED TO 20 PEOPLE!
 Register here.

Capitalism got you down? Does money make you panic? Do you avoid bills or hide mail? Does the phrase ‘Roth IRA’ confound you? Are you convinced everybody learned how to be an adult with money except you? Time to do something different. Join this judgment-free environment to confront feelings and fears while gaining some real practical personal finance skills.

In Part 1 we will dive into your emotional experience of money and personal finance. You will examine your family’s financial legacy and identify its impact on your present. Examining fear, shame, and guilt, we will use the power of a group experience to disrupt emotional cycles trapping you in money anxieties. You will learn some fundamental exercises to manage the feelings that come up when you think about money. You’ll also get your homework assignment for…

Part 2 focuses on practical skills including gathering data about your financial picture, creating a realistic budget, steps for moving out of debt, increasing earned income, and establishing achievable, personalized goals for the near future.

You will need a laptop and willingness and desire to start changing your relationship to money.

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Dec
10
10:00 AM10:00

Getting Real With Money (2 part series)

  • Women's Center for Creative Work (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Sunday December 10, 10am - 1pm
Sunday December 17, 10am - 1pm

Women's Center For Creative Work
$60/member; $75/public
LIMITED TO 20 PEOPLE!
 Register here.

Capitalism got you down? Does money make you panic? Do you avoid bills or hide mail? Does the phrase ‘Roth IRA’ confound you? Are you convinced everybody learned how to be an adult with money except you? Time to do something different. Join this judgment-free environment to confront feelings and fears while gaining some real practical personal finance skills.

In Part 1 we will dive into your emotional experience of money and personal finance. You will examine your family’s financial legacy and identify its impact on your present. Examining fear, shame, and guilt, we will use the power of a group experience to disrupt emotional cycles trapping you in money anxieties. You will learn some fundamental exercises to manage the feelings that come up when you think about money. You’ll also get your homework assignment for…

Part 2 focuses on practical skills including gathering data about your financial picture, creating a realistic budget, steps for moving out of debt, increasing earned income, and establishing achievable, personalized goals for the near future.

You will need a laptop and willingness and desire to start changing your relationship to money.

 

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Oct
9
7:00 PM19:00

WORKSHOP: Making Art During Fascism with Center for Cultural Innovation

Pacoima City Hall Media Room (2nd Floor)
13520 Van Nuys Blvd, Pacoima, CA 91331

presented with Center for Cultural Innovation

Artists are essential in resisting and dismantling fascism. Throughout history and through the present, you instigate, question, provoke; you provide humor, creative impulse, reflection, serenity, validation. In light of our country’s political swing toward white supremacy and hate, artists need the emotional, financial, physical, and spiritual support to sustain their work. You are invited to show up, listen, and share: support, resources, community-building, information, methods to enter movements, and ways to sustain both your activism and your practice. You will receive a free pamphlet with tips and self-assessment tools for continuing your practice during this administration. Bring a notebook and something to write with!

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Sep
28
7:00 PM19:00

WORKSHOP: Getting Real With Money at WCCW

  • Womens Center For Creative Work (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Capitalism got you down? Does money make you panic? Do you avoid bills or hide mail? Does the phrase ‘Roth IRA’ confound you? Are you convinced everybody learned how to be an adult with money except you? Time to do something different. Join me for a judgment-free environment to confront feelings and fears while gaining some real practical personal finance skills. Read full description and register here.

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Sep
24
4:00 PM16:00

WORKSHOP: Getting Real With Money at WCCW

Capitalism got you down? Does money make you panic? Do you avoid bills or hide mail? Does the phrase ‘Roth IRA’ confound you? Are you convinced everybody learned how to be an adult with money except you? Time to do something different. Join me for a judgment-free environment to confront feelings and fears while gaining some real practical personal finance skills. Read full description and register here.

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