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FIELD/WORK, a year-round program of workshops, personalized consultations, peer learning exchanges, and tutorials provides artists of all disciplines and career stages with the educational skills needed for creative and professional success.  

FIELD/WORK is comprised of 3 educational series:

Survival Guide Series

Rooted in key concepts of business training and entrepreneurship, the Survival Guide series is designed to demystify the process of career development and empower creative practitioners by connecting them to business professionals, resources, and advice. Workshops in this series focus on business development, financial planning & management, marketing, and legal topics. In addition to workshops, quarterly Office Hours offer an opportunity for in-depth one-on-one consultations.

Arts-Centered Series

The Arts-Centered series provides a forum to develop the skillsets that are unique to the creative sector. Workshops, panels, and artist talks in this series provide opportunities for arts professionals to deepen their understanding of core elements in and around their creative practice at various stages. Topics such as documentation and preservation of artworks, connecting to galleries, thinking creatively about affordable studio space, and developing a teaching practice aid artists in adopting a holistic approach to their careers.

Peer Exchange Series

The Peer Exchange series’ guiding principle is that we have much to learn from one another. These informal gatherings emphasize direct feedback and discussion of in-progress works among artists, curators, writers, and administrators. At each gathering, a different person takes the lead in facilitation, making this an ever-evolving platform for exchange, learning, and collaboration. The key exchange formats are the Essay Club (a short-form book club) and Curatorial Writing Group (an exploration of exhibition writing), with others in development.

Registration fees for select educational offerings help cover direct program expenses, including speaker honoraria, materials, and other production costs. Individuals who are Artist Members and current BOLT, HATCH, and LAUNCH residents receive free or discounted registration.


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Contracts + The Art of Negotiation

Monday, August 8, 2016 - 6:00pm to 8:30pm

Attorney Patrice Perkins will discuss the anatomy of a contract, negotiables v. non-negotiables, as well as common pitfalls/issues and how to avoid them.


Documentation + Marketing for Pedagogical Practices

Monday, August 29, 2016 - 6:00pm to 8:30pm

Sara Black will teach strategies for cultivating a dynamic portfolio capable of articulating the interplay between your creative practice, your pedagogical perspective, and your students’ experiences—and the blurry connections that often appear among all three.