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

  • Wendy's Subway Brooklyn, NY 11206 379 Bushwick Avenue Brooklyn, NY, 11206 United States (map)

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
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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.