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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.