CALENDAR OF EVENTS

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[Working Title] 10: The Art Of Amusing

TUESDAY, APRIL 20TH, 2021 AT 7 PM CDT – 8:30 PM CDT

Humor: it’s known as a comic expression, a mental state, and back in the day the term was even used as a way to determine your physical and mental constitution based on your bodily fluids. It’s the sibling of tragedy and a powerful verb (to humor) that allows us to compassionately interact with absurd and unreasonable situations and personalities. It’s also been known as a tool for passive-aggressive snarkiness, a deflection of truth through sarcasm, and in its darkest shade, as an act of cutting and insulting cruelty. However, within all of the wit, humor can also serve as a vulnerable revealing and powerful relational tool, especially in creative practice. Our favorite part of humor is that it can unapologetically be all of these things or none of them. Join us for a fun(ny?) evening exploring the hahas, giggles, and beyond as we explore this concept in a “show up as you are and you don’t need to try to be funny just have fun!” way.

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[Working Title] 9: Curating Healing

THURSDAY, MARCH 18TH, 2021 AT 7 PM CDT – 8:30 PM CDT

We all have that moment we remember. When we heard that certain song at just the right moment. When a painting summed up what we couldn't find the words for. When a dancer pulled us onto the floor with them. This session will explore the power and potential of arts in curación - healing - and allow you time to reflect on those moments of inspiration in your own life. Artists and facilitators Cesar Diaz and Julieta Caamano will share their stories and invite you to experiment, have fun, make mistakes, and find space for the sacred so that you can carry that inspiration forward into your creative practice.

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[Working Title] 8: Bucking Burnout

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 25TH, 2021 AT 7 PM CDT – 8:30 PM CDT

Burnout—you feeling it? Us, too. Burnout happens when you’re too stressed for too long, and after a year like 2020 (with the punches still rolling in), we could all use a little help learning to complete the stress cycle. Luckily, there’s solid research that tells us what actions we can take to get our emotional purge on. Join facilitators Kalyn Saylor and Lucas Loredo for a participatory dialogue where we’ll discuss burnout and emotional fatigue—and engage in some hands-on stress purging to clear the emotional plumbing.

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[Working Title] 7: Ruminations & Resolutions

THURSDAY, JANUARY 21ST, 2021 AT 7 PM CDT – 8:30 PM CDT

Since the new year often comes with high-pressure expectations to make meaningful life choices, we'll provide you with a low key, playful, and exploratory environment where you can engage with decision making in an empathetic manner that is forgiving and fun. Come and ruminate on last year, make resolutions for next year, or throw them both off the boat! Come as you are and take some time to fortify yourself against the barrage of expectations.

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[Working Title] 6: Taking It On When You're Tired: A Collaborative Workshop With Big Medium's Studio Tour

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 19TH, 2020 AT 7 PM CDT – 8:30 PM CDT

Facilitators Rachel Dennis and Kate Murray will facilitate a participatory dialogue and an "exercise" exploring what it takes to be a creative, a placemaker, and a facilitator when we're feeling burnout, COVID anxiety, financial stress, seasonal depression, election fall out, all along with regular doses of downer days and existential dread. Just like we're doing when writing this! We're hoping to give you a restorative break, no matter what challenges you may be facing at the moment.

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EAL Muzingo Fundraiser

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 22ND, 2020 AT 7 PM CDT – 8:30 PM CDT

This year we’re teaming up with The Get It Gals for a fun virtual event with musical bingo (aka: Muzingo). This is a night for a cause! For just a $10 donation, you're in for a 3 round toe-tapping, brain-racking game of music bingo with all proceeds going to Austin Emerging Arts Leaders!

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[Working Title] 5: Finding Funding

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 17, 2020 AT 7 PM CDT – 8:30 PM CDT

This session will explore the ever-elusive task of finding funding for your work. Rachel Dennis and Kate Murray will frame a conversation with Ian Tuski, artist-turned-development-director, to share essential principles and resources that can help bring your artistic vision to life. Participants will have the chance for a direct Q&A with the facilitators to receive guidance as it relates to their specific project, scenario, or interest. We'll end the session with some guided and focused time to apply the lessons to your own goals.

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[Working Title] 4: The Meaning of Mentorship

THURSDAY, AUGUST 20, 2020 AT 7 PM CDT – 8:30 PM CDT

This session will explore the meaning of mentorship. Rachel Dennis and Kate Murray will facilitate a goal setting exercise for participants, followed by a participatory dialogue exploring everything from the diversity of mentorship relationships to best practices within them. You'll walk away with your goals outlined, pragmatic next steps for how to start tackling them, and connections to a community of peers to help you achieve them. Most of all, you'll leave empowered to seek out or formalize that mentorship you need right now, no matter what challenges you may be facing at the moment. We look forward to having you join us!

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[Working Title] 3: Art from a Distance

THURSDAY, JULY 23, 2020 AT 7 PM CDT – 8:30 PM CDT

This session - a participatory dialogue - will explore art from a distance. Supporting the local arts community doesn't look the same as it did 6 months ago. There aren't tickets to be sold, exhibitions to debut, or audiences to perform for -- at least not in the same way. Whether you're an artist, a patron, or a little of both, it looks like we might be supporting the arts in a different way for a while. So instead of waiting for things to get back to "normal" (whatever that means), let's settle in and learn how to embrace the situation we're in. How are you supporting the art forms, artists, and arts orgs you love? What sort of support do you wish you had? The experience will be facilitated by Mitch Harris with assistance from Kate Murray and/or Rachel Dennis.

[Working Title] 2: Collisions, Censors, and Connections

THURSDAY, JUNE 25, 2020 AT 7 PM CDT – 8:30 PM CDT

This participatory dialogue will explore the collisions, censors, and connections that are essential to our creative practice. Who we are in the time and spaces when we’re not actively engaged in our craft? Am I an Artist, an artist, an arts administrator, something in between, or something else altogether? Who do I and We collide? We'll talk through your creative practice, hack at your inner censor, set at least one specific and tangible personal goal, and explore the potential of connecting with others whose skillsets and perspectives balance our own. The experience will be facilitated by Kate Murray with assistance from Rachel Dennis.

[Working Title] 1: Making Friends With Mystery

THURSDAY, MAY 28, 2020 AT 7 PM CDT – 8:30 PM CDT

Austin Emerging Arts Leaders is hosting a new monthly series built to help you explore aspects of your creative practice while holding space for your artistic work, side hustles, or that thing you keep dreaming about but can’t quite pin down (or cross off your list). Inspired by the likes of Madeleine Dore’s Side Project Sessions, each monthly workshop will center around a topic from a dedicated facilitator in the field, bringing together artists, arts administrators, and creatives through a series of questions to be answered together.

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