An Artist’s Toolkit: A Professional Development Day for Artists

An Artist's Toolkit: A Professional Development Day for Artists
Sunday, Apr 10 | 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Surf Lodge

$50 For the Day; 18 years & under – $5

– Grantwriting Made Simple(r); Cultural Appropriation from an Indigenous Perspective; Art of Alignment: Body Awareness for Artists; Photograph Your Artwork (for non-photographers); How to Build A Strong Brand Awareness On Instagram

9 – 10:15am Grantwriting Made Simple(r) – A panel of successful granters and grant recipients will speak about best practices, tips, and tricks to grant writing, featuring Ken Gurr, Shelley T. and Dinah D.

10:30 – 11:30am Cultural Appropriation from an Indigenous Perspective – Krysta Furioso will share some of her own experiences on cultural appropriation as well as offering insight into why it’s important to support Indigenous artists. Krysta Furioso is an Anishinaabekwe beadweaver from Fort William First Nation. She has been living on the west coast since the late 90s and now lives on Spring Island where she and her family run their business, ONLY CHILD Handicrafts.

11:45am – 12:45pm Art of Alignment: Body Awareness for Artists – Discover your unique movement habits and how they impact your art, body alignment, and body ergonomics with Liz Lutz. Explore how to move more of yourself, more often, to alleviate discomfort accumulated during your creative process. Wear comfortable clothing that you can move in. Be prepared to be barefoot for part of this series. Liz Lutz has studied many movement modalities and applies them in her pilates, restorative exercise, and self massage teachings. Her work is is
focused on giving clients tools to move with ease.

12:45 – 1:30pm Lunch

1:30 – 2:30pm Photograph Your Artwork (for non-photographers) – Learn with Laura Eagin how to focus, light, and frame your artwork to capture high quality digital images, all while using the smartphone you already have, then practice what you’ve learned. Optional: bring one or two pieces of your own work to photograph. Please bring a camera-enabled smartphone and phone charger. Laura Eagin is a digital-savvy webmaster and cheerleader for do-ityourselfers. Since 2014 Laura has taught tech workshops with numerous nonprofit organizations. She is currently the web content and media manager for the Gabriola Arts Council.

2:45 – 3:45pm How to Build A Strong Brand Awareness On Instagram – Instagram is one of the most powerful free online tools for creative entrepreneurs and artists. It allows you to build an audience, and grow your brand awareness and trust with followers from all around the world. In this one hour session, Kristina Kinzel will take you through valuable steps and tips to get you started on your road to online success. Kinzel Creative is a creative agency owned and operated by Kristina and Thomas Kinzel. Through intuitive consulting, creative direction, and stunning visuals, their mission is to help entrepreneurs level up their online presence.


The Gabriola Arts Council acknowledges with gratitude our hosts, the Snuneymuxw First Nation, and recognize that we live and create on unceded Coast Salish territory.

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