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Anti-Oppression in the Creative Sector: April 23-24, 2022

Dreaming Inventive Futures: Anti-Oppression in the Creative Sector is a two-day workshop and discussion space that combines foundational anti-oppressive modalities, peer-based learning, personal reflection, and active discussion as teaching tools. During this digital space, participants will explore approaches to anti-racist curation, responsible and curious storytelling, organizationally care-based artistic practices rooted in disability justice frameworks, address ways to disrupt genre and aesthetic hierarchies within cultural industries, and discuss sustainable methods to intentional cross-practice collaboration.

These themes will be grounded in disrupting tokenism in the arts sector, moving beyond defensiveness and fear in creative work, imagination, and accessibility. The aim is that participants will feel supported and motivated to engage in systems change work within the arts as well as more confident in continuing anti-oppressive conversations in their work personally and professionally.

The sessions will take place April 23 and 24, 2022, and be held virtually via Zoom. The intensive is free for members of ArtsLink NB. Sessions will run from 9am to 4pm each day. To register, cultural sector workers should send an email to Jericho Knopp, jeri@artslinknb.com, with their name, their field or organization, and a brief description of why they’re  interested in taking the workshop.

Budgeting: November 21-22, 2020

For many, the term “budgeting” immediately brings to mind people who wear pocket protectors and love the colour beige. But budgeting is extremely important, especially if you are living on a limited income. It’s not just essential to know how to manage your business’s finances, but also how to manage your own so that you can make the most of your money, no matter how much you have.

The first day of this two day intensive will focus on your art business’s budget. When and how do you register for HST? What kinds of deductions are allowable for your business? Do you file as a sole proprietor, or should you incorporate? How do you keep track of everything for your business?

The second day will focus on personal budgeting. How do you make a budget and stick to it? What kind of software should you use? How do you deal with your debts? What kinds of investment opportunities are out there? How can you stretch your paycheque to cover all your expenses, plus set aside some for emergencies?

This two day workshop is free for ArtsLink members and takes place socially distanced, in person, at the Saint John Arts Centre. Workshop space is limited: to apply, email a CV and cover letter to jeri@artslinknb.com by November 8. For any questions, contact ArtsLink NB’s Programming Director, Jeri Knopp at jeri@artslinknb.com or (506) 647 6201

Photography: November 7-8, 2020

You don’t have to be a photographer, or even have a fancy camera, in order to take good pictures. And since having good photos of your work is a vital part of selling your art, it’s a good thing that you can take a DIY approach.

This two day intensive will cover the basics of photography using whatever camera you have available to you. The first day, run by photographer Tim Lingley, will focus on how to take a good photo, including how to light your artwork, what the rule of thirds is and how it applies to your practice, how to make sure your work is in focus, and much more.

The second day, run by photographer Amy Stewart, will focus on what to do once you’ve taken the photos. How do you make them look their best? How do you resize and add them to whatever you need to add them to? How do you best use the tools at your disposal? Lunch and snacks will be provided.

This two day workshop is free for ArtsLink members and takes place socially distanced, in person, at the Wheelhouse of Waterloo in Saint John. Travel subsidies are available for out of city participants. Workshop space is limited: to apply, email a CV and cover letter to jeri@artslinknb.com. For any questions, contact ArtsLink NB’s Programming Director, Jeri Knopp at jeri@artslinknb.com or (506) 647 6201.