Workshops

Introducing JAC’s Online Workshop Series, Create + Connect!

Justice Arts Coalition has recently launched its first online workshop series! Given the tireless work of teaching artists and advocates across the sector, who consistently allow JAC’s community to be one of vibrancy and artistic celebration, we are thrilled to offer these workshops as a chance for our larger network to experience their creative gifts and outreach.

Below you can browse the workshop offerings and schedule. These workshops are being offered as a “pay what you can” series, with donations split between JAC and the teaching artist facilitators. If you are interested in facilitating a workshop in our series, please email justiceartscoalitionintern@gmail.com. 

WORKSHOP SCHEDULE (stay tuned for updates!):

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Free Translation Sessions with Anastasia Artemeva and Arlene Tucker

Thursday, July 2

12:00 – 1:30 pm EST

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** NOTE: This sequence of workshops builds off of each other, so purchasing one ticket will grant you access to all four sessions. Please keep this in mind when purchasing ticket quantities, as well as when choosing donation amounts. Thank you!

On July 2nd we will have an open discussion about your translations with Tomás.

Free Translation is a multi-disciplinary project showcasing international works by currently and formerly incarcerated people, and anyone affected by imprisonment. In these sessions we use translation techniques as a means of creatively interpreting works of art and word. This means that we interpret the meaning of the works and create new works of art based on the translations. This can be a translation into another language or another medium. For example, a poem can be manifested into a photograph and a drawing can be written as a letter. In this way, we make new works of art and literature, and attempt to understand each other and open up dialogue.

During the 90 minute open art making session we will create translations of the works by Оксана Крутицкая (Oksana Krytickaya) and another Free Translation artist to be announced later. In the following sessions we will then speak with the artist and review the translations of their work. With your consent, artworks will be added to the Free Translation exhibition for the general public to see and continue the dialogue. 

https://freetranslation.prisonspace.org

About the facilitators:

Anastasia Artemeva is a visual and socially-engaged artist and researcher. Anastasia was born in Moscow, Russia, and lived in Ireland for many years before moving to Helsinki. Her socially-engaged creative projects explore and create space for communication and interaction. Conceptually, its activities are based on codes of social norms and accepted truths, which are influenced by socio-political, cultural and personal limitations and boundaries. Anastasia works in the genre of drawing, art installation, performance, creates artwork for theatrical productions and conducts art workshops.

Arlene Tucker is an artist and educator, and her work focuses on adding play elements to daily life through her art. Inspired by translation studies and animals she finds ways to connect and make meaning in our shared environments. Her process-based artistic work creates spaces and situations for exchange, dialogue, and transformations to occur and surprise all players. She is interested in creating projects that open up ideas and that engage the viewer; that invite the viewer to be a part of the narrative or art creation process. In translation, your participation continues to propel the story.

Free Translation Sessions is a collaboration of two projects both based in Helsinki: Prison Outside and Translation is Dialogue (TID). Prison Outside is an independent project founded in 2015. The research behind this project is centered on the subjects of imprisonment, justice, and the role of the arts in the relationships between people in prisons and people outside. TID is an art installation that generates a new project every time it is presented. TID uses translation techniques to not only produce art, but also understand what is being communicated. https://prisonspace.org https://www.translationisdialogue.org

This workshop is being offered as “pay what you can,” with a $20 suggested donation, and a $1 minimum donation. All revenue will be split between JAC and the teaching artist facilitators, to honor their creativity, passion, and commitment to creating these spaces. We greatly appreciate any support you can provide.

https---cdn.evbuc.com-images-103780894-315968553036-1-original.20200616-210137Reify Remote Learning with Jessica Barkl

Tuesday, June 30, 4:00 – 5:00 pm EST

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Reify Remote Learning: Make What is Abstract, More Concrete and Real

What is teaching? 

What is learning?

What is performative?

What is art?

These are questions that all teaching artists, if not all teachers, are asking themselves in this new strange world of “remote learning”.

This workshop is for all artists and artist-teachers, who are questioning and desiring to sharpen up the tools they can use in the remote environment. During this 90- minute interactive workshop participants find modalities and “tricks” to use in the classroom that may be on paper, voice-only, on-camera asynchronously, or two- dimensionally synchronously. The workshop will focus on the first questions in this description; discussion; collaboration; and “tricks” discovered by the facilitator since March 13, 2020. The hope is that participants will leave this workshop having found their “voice” as a teacher in this new/abstract world.

This workshop’s goal is to help our community hit the reset button on what has worked in the past and to find teaching tools that mirror our understanding of our principles of teaching, learning, and art.

Jessica López-Barkl received her MFA in Theater from Sarah Lawrence College and her BFA in Acting with a Performing Arts Emphasis from Cornish College of the Arts. She is currently an Associate Professor of Theater and Speech as well as the Theater Program Director at SUNY Sullivan. She has taught in the prison system as a professor and as an artist in Albuquerque, NM; Walla Walla, WA; and Sullivan County, NY. She is currently researching and writing about the effects of generational poverty on education and the arts. She is a theater generalist who has worked in Idaho, Washington, New Mexico, Colorado, Connecticut, and New York. She is the mother of a 2-year-old daughter and a wife. She currently spends her days isolated with her two loves and attempting to cook, work out, teach, and keep everyone happy.

This workshop is being offered as “pay what you can,” with a $20 suggested donation, and a $1 minimum donation. All revenue will be split between JAC and the teaching artist facilitators, to honor their creativity, passion, and commitment to creating these spaces. We greatly appreciate any support you can provide.

https---cdn.evbuc.com-images-103856826-315968553036-1-original.20200617-153527Theatre in the Age of Technology with Raina Greifer

Wednesday, July 8, 3:00 – 4:00 pm EST

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This workshop will explore how theatre makers can adapt and create work specially fitted for digital mediums. The fate of our theatres are largely uncertain, and performers and creators are being asked to produce online as an alternative. We will be looking at platforms such as Zoom, Skype, Social Media platforms, and Google Drive as potential ways to create experimental and innovative pieces that can thrive as we social distance.

Raina Greifer (she/her) is a theatre maker, spoken word performer, and visual artist. She is currently studying Drama and Philosophy at Bath Spa University in England. Her work explores sexual assault, queer identity, and teen heartthrobes. She is a co-founder of Purple Crayon Productions, a theatre group based in Silver Spring, MD and Dog Eat Dog theatre, based in Bath, UK. Creating vibrant, vulnerable and oftentimes humorous work, Raina engages her audience to consider their preconceived notions of femininity and female identity.

This workshop is being offered as “pay what you can,” with a $20 suggested donation, and a $1 minimum donation. All revenue will be split between JAC and the teaching artist facilitators, to honor their creativity, passion, and commitment to creating these spaces. We greatly appreciate any support you can provide.

https---cdn.evbuc.com-images-104252164-315968553036-1-original.20200622-184128Harnessing Your Artistic Voice with Raina Greifer

Friday, July 24, 4:00 – 5:00 pm EST

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This workshop will explore ways of finding your creative niche and honing in on what makes your creative process important and unique. We will be using writing exercises to develop artistic statements and map out individual artistic goals. This hour long dialogue aims to assist the development of your artistic focus and asks how that focal point can reach various audiences.

Raina Greifer (she/her) is a theatre maker, spoken word performer, and visual artist. She is currently studying Drama and Philosophy at Bath Spa University in England. Her work explores sexual assault, queer identity, and teen heartthrobes. She is a co-founder of Purple Crayon Productions, a theatre group based in Silver Spring, MD and Dog Eat Dog theatre, based in Bath, UK. Creating vibrant, vulnerable and oftentimes humorous work, Raina engages her audience to consider their preconceived notions of femininity and female identity.

This workshop is being offered as “pay what you can,” with a $20 suggested donation, and a $1 minimum donation. All revenue will be split between JAC and the teaching artist facilitators, to honor their creativity, passion, and commitment to creating these spaces. We greatly appreciate any support you can provide.

 Interactive Family Music w/ Sydney Anderson  (KIDS 1-3)

POSTPONED

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**Wherever you are, whatever resources you have, and whether or not you have kids/are able to be with your family right now, this class is open to anyone! It can be done from anywhere, with little to no supplies, and can provide folks with fun ideas to use later on with their kids and family members over the phone, over video call, or in person!**

Based on the “First Steps in Music” series by master music pedagogue, Dr. John Feierabend, these classes seek to provide you and your children with an interactive class to help BOTH of you become more “Tune-ful, Beat-ful, and Art-ful” together.

These classes are designed for parents and children (under 3) to do together. Much of the instruction will be geared toward parents to help you support your child in music-making, and provide a new repertoire of musical games and activities to do with your children on your own. However, older kids are welcome to tune in as well to try these activities independently!

We will sing songs, learn rhymes, play rhythmic games, do simple motions/dances, and more!

In an effort to provide accessibility for everyone, including those affected by joblessness during the COVID-19 pandemic (like myself!), these classes will be offered on a purely donation-based system. PLEASE know that you’re welcome to join completely for FREE if that would be most enriching for your family. A virtual donation basket will be available, for those who are able to contribute; Suggested donation is $5/class per child.

Taught by Sydney Anderson: Professional Classical Singer, certified K-12 Music Educator, Additional Certifications in First Steps in Music, Kindermusik, and 10+ years experience teaching music.

This workshop is being offered as “pay what you can,” with a $20 suggested donation, and a $1 minimum donation. All revenue will be split between JAC and the teaching artist facilitators, to honor their creativity, passion, and commitment to creating these spaces. We greatly appreciate any support you can provide.

 Interactive Family Music w/ Sydney Anderson  (KIDS 3-7)

POSTPONED

REGISTER HERE

Link to Facebook Page

**Wherever you are, whatever resources you have, and whether or not you have kids/are able to be with your family right now, this class is open to anyone! It can be done from anywhere, with little to no supplies, and can provide folks with fun ideas to use later on with their kids and family members over the phone, over video call, or in person!**

Based on the “First Steps in Music” series by master music pedagogue, Dr. John Feierabend, these classes seek to provide your children with an interactive class to help them become more “Tune-ful, Beat-ful, and Art-ful.”

These classes are designed for children who can jump, dance, and sing on their own; generally those who have entered Pre-School. Much of the instruction will be addressed directly to the children, and therefore parents are not *required* to attend. However, as with all early childhood music classes, they’re most effective when done alongside someone else, so I encourage parents to join, if possible! Parents of children under 3 are welcome to tune in as well – I will try to offer modifications for you during each activity.

We will sing songs, learn rhymes, play rhythmic games, do simple motions/dances, and more!

In an effort to provide accessibility for everyone, including those affected by joblessness during the COVID-19 pandemic (like myself!), these classes will be offered on a purely donation-based system. PLEASE know that you’re welcome to join completely for FREE if that would be most enriching for your family. A virtual donation basket will be available, for those who are able to contribute; Suggested donation is $5/class per child.

Taught by Sydney Anderson: Professional Classical Singer, certified K-12 Music Educator, Additional Certifications in First Steps in Music, Kindermusik, and 10+ years experience teaching music.

This workshop is being offered as “pay what you can,” with a $20 suggested donation, and a $1 minimum donation. All revenue will be split between JAC and the teaching artist facilitators, to honor their creativity, passion, and commitment to creating these spaces. We greatly appreciate any support you can provide.

JAC looks forward to your joining us as part of this workshop series, as we continue to build our community of artists and allies through these creative offerings. If you are interested in facilitating a workshop in our series, please email justiceartscoalitionintern@gmail.com.