Workshops & Training for Creative Individuals

ASC Sponsored Workshops & Training


Date: 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Sunday, April 30, 2017, in the ASC Board Room
Audience: Creative Individuals from the Charlotte-Mecklenburg region who have a community-engaged professional artistic practice and/or who are planning an upcoming community-engagement project.

Admission to the program will be competitive and requires submission of a Program Application. ASC, in partnership with Creative Capital, will select participants based on their commitment to a community-engaged practice and in consideration of a cohort that reflects the community (diversity of art forms, career stages, age, gender, and race.)

Completed applications must be emailed to no later than 5 p.m. Friday, March 10, 2017. All costs are being underwritten by ASC. There will be no cost to participants who are selected for the program.

This workshop is designed for artists who work outside the traditional art community to create work that engages topics of social and political relevance. Designed for those who already have a community-engaged practice or are planning for a project, this workshop will help artists clarify their objectives and gain the management skills they need to produce successful community engaged projects. Participants will get an in-depth look at the strategies and practices involved in making and supporting community-engaged art, including ways to engage a wide range of stakeholders in the process, production, funding and distribution of the work. Using case studies from a range of disciplines, participants will learn about grassroots fundraising, community partnerships, audience building and how to preserve the autonomy and integrity of one’s work. Artists leave the workshop with a handbook designed to help them outline clear project goals and establish a roadmap for building beneficial community relationships and support.

The workshop will be facilitated by Creative Capital, Aaron Landsman and Dread Scott.

Key Skills Participants Learn:

  • How to form lasting and strong community bonds with a variety of groups and organizations
  • Strategies for encouraging different groups to work toward a common goal
  • How to manage a community-based project while working with multiple partners and staying on budget
  • Methods of fundraising using the community itself as a resource
  • Best practices for navigating relationships with civic offices and permit agencies

Participants Leave the Workshop With:

  • The Real Community Engagement Handbook, which includes tips on clarifying project goals and establishing a roadmap for community based work
  • A community of informed and educated peer artists (including participants and workshop leaders) who can act as resources for future endeavors

Other Opportunities

Jim Henson Foundation Invites Grant Applications for Puppet Theater, Deadline: March 13, 2017.

Young Affiliates of the Mint Accepting Artist Entries for “Gendered: An Inclusive Art Show,” Deadline: March 26.

AMTA Issues Call for Applications for Arthur Flagler Fultz Award, Deadline: May 5, 2017.

Princess Grace Foundation-USA Accepting Applications for Student Films, Deadline: June 1, 2017.

Foundation for Contemporary Art Accepting Applications for Emergency Grants, Deadline: Rolling.

Artfully Reimagined Invites Submissions for ‘Reimagine It’ Grants, Deadline: Rolling.

Questions? Contact Ryan Deal at