Artists U Workshop: Building a Sustainable Life as an Artist

Friday evening June 21 from 7-8:30pm and all day Saturday 10am-5pm

Building a Sustainable Life as an artist introduces Artists U (artistsu.org) principles and tools. The workshop distills key topics and tactics: Strategic Planning, Finances for Artists, Communications, Generating Opportunities, Time Management, and Artist Mission Statements. This is a two day work shop taking place at CoVenture on Friday, June 21, 2019 from 7-8:30pm and at The Launchpad on Saturday, June 22, from 10:00am-5:00pm. Cost is $50 for Carbondale Arts/ Art Base members (code MEMBER) and $60 for non-members. Artists U provides workshop materials including AU workbook. Carbondale Arts will provide food and drink including coffee, tea and cold beverages, snacks and lunch on Saturday.

The workshop also builds community through partnered work, resource sharing and Working Groups. Artists receive the Artists U Workbook and have the option of forming Working Groups that meet monthly for five months to do the key work: planning, finances, and time management. Working Groups essential provide accountability and support for artists to change their trajectory, and build rigorous and supportive community conversations.

Andrew Simonet is writer and choreographer in Philadelphia. From 1993 to 2013, he co-directed Headlong Dance Theater, creating dances like CELL (a journey for one audience member guided by your cell phone), and This Town is a Mystery (dances by four Philadelphia families in their homes). In 2013, he left Headlong to focus on writing. His debut novel, Wilder, was published by Farrar, Straus, and Giroux in 2018.

In 2006, Andrew founded Artists U, an incubator for helping artists make sustainable lives with programs in Philadelphia, Baltimore, and South Carolina. He wrote Making Your Life as an Artist, an open source guide to living as an artist. He is on the leadership team for the Tremaine Foundation’s Artists Thrive initiative, the Artist Parent Residencies Working Group, and Creative Capital’s Professional Development Program.

He has received a Pew Fellowship in the Arts, an Independence Fellowship in the Arts, a Bessie for Choreography at the New York Dance and Performance Awards, and residencies at Yaddo, Ucross, The Studios of Key West, and Hambidge. His performance work has been supported by The Creative Capital Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts, Pew Trusts, Rockefeller Foundation, Japan Foundation, and New England Foundation for the Arts, and produced by Dance Theater Workshop (NYC), The Kyoto Art Center, P.S. 122 (NYC), Central Park Summerstage, The Jade Festival (Tokyo), The Philadelphia Live Arts Festival, The Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art, and the Portland Institute for Contemporary Art. He lives in West Philadelphia with his wife, theater director K. Elizabeth Stevens, and their sons Jesse Tiger and Nico Wolf.

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