Workshops for the Human Spirit: Art Classes for Difficult Times

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Wednesday, September 30, 2020 - 08:30

Cor Art Classes: Workshops for the Human Spirit
Learn more at sbcaw.org/classes

The Santa Barbara Arts Collaborative is offering in this third pilot of an arts residency teaching program a response to the difficulty of the last few months. These classes offer a place to feel human in a surreal time. They are an opportunity to renew, refresh, to process the last few months, to feel some playfulness and freedom, and to learn skills helpful in these changing times.

Classes will take place online, or in some cases outdoors in small groups. Thanks to generous support from the Eichholz Foundation and Dana White, class fees are discounted for all, and scholarships are also available.

This program is set up with working adults in mind, especially in the service and helping professions. These have been hard months. Long long hours of work for many or not enough hours of work for many others. Uncertainties about safety. Uncertainties about our children. Uncertainties about the future. These classes offer an opportunity to restore and process for medical professionals, teachers, bus drivers, nonprofit employees, social workers, firefighters, daycare workers, baristas and restaurant servers, lawyers, government employees, cleaners, and others in other walks of life. But these classes are really for all of us. We are all going through this.

Teaching is one of the greatest acts of care we know. To be listened to, to be encouraged to express and to refine your expression. In our working lives we are so often told to keep our heads down, not wear our hearts on our sleeves, to keep our mouths shut. These classes offer an opportunity to speak up, to practice skills like curiosity, nuance, empathy, attention, and persistence; skills needed in these changing times. With your participation and support, we hope to continue to build this into an ongoing service for Santa Barbarans. Find out more about the classes and sign up at sbcaw.org/classes.

Special thanks to the Eichholz Foundation and to Dana White for their support to develop this program and provide scholarship funds.

Some of the classes offered:
Poetry: Words to Engage Good Trouble
“...a willingness to pay good attention … to what really matters in a time of mutual losses, upheaval, opportunities for social justice and the establishment of unprecedented relationships en extremity.”
Taught by Rick Benjamin, teacher at UCSB, in many schools and community centers, and former state poet of Rhode Island.
Time: Monday nights, 5:30pm-7:30pm, October 5 - November 9 (6 classes total).
Form: Online
Learn more at sbcaw.org/classes

Photography Through the Lens of Self and Other
“...You could try this: Stop for a moment before jumping into the day. Instead of logging on, while still in bed in the morning, open your eyes. Notice the quality of light, the shapes coming into view.”
Taught by Barbara Parmet, masters in photojournalism, former professional journalist, current practicing artist, work exhibited in France, Mexico, and throughout the United States.
Time: Tuesday nights, October 6, 13, 20, 27, 7-9 pm. (4 classes total)
Form: Online
Learn more at sbcaw.org/classes

Creativity Rehab
“This time of strife has confounded the creative practice of most people. This workshop will attempt to reactivate your creative gestures”
Facilitated by Patrick Melroy, MFA UCSB, teacher at UCSB College of Creative Studies, SBCC, Marymount, Laverne University, Stanford, and UCLA.
Time: Wednesday afternoons, 4-6pm, October 7 - November 11 (6 classes at this time)
Form: Hybrid, some sessions online and some in-person, outdoors, socially-distanced, in small numbers.
Learn more at sbcaw.org/classes

Storytelling Workshop
“the need for people to share stories becomes even more important as a way to connect and build community. How does one stop becoming a passive consumer of media but an active creator in their own lives?”
Taught by Joseph Velasco, former director with El Teatro Campesino, co-founder of BOXTALES, former Artistic Director of City at Peace Santa Barbara, and storyteller for many years.
Time: Thursdays, 7-8:30pm October 1 - November 5 (6 sessions total)
Form: Hybrid, some sessions online and some in-person, outdoors, socially-distanced, in small numbers.
Learn more at sbcaw.org/classes

Music Workshop: Human Musicking
“...music is not an abstract concept or an objectifiable thing, but a process that we all partake in. This course will give participants a foundational grasp and hands on experience…”
Taught by Sio Tepper, professional musician, multi-instrumentalist, composer, performer and educator at Santa Barbara High, SB Musicology, and the Music and Arts Conservatory.
Time: Wednesdays Starting September 30th. 7-9pm. (8 weeks total)
Form: Hybrid, some sessions online and some in-person, outdoors, socially-distanced, in small numbers.
Learn more at sbcaw.org/classes

Sharing Peace and Joy: A Workshop in Postcards, Paper, Envelope Art, and More
“… use this new-found time at home to learn some new skills to connect with others. While working with materials that are in the house or easily found outdoors the worries of the outside world fade.”
Taught by Judy Nilsen, masters in American Folk art, long time public school teacher, kindergarten through adult ed, in both Los Angeles and Santa Barbara.
Time: (6 weeks) Sunday afternoons. 1-2:30. Starting October 4th.
Location: Online
Learn more at sbcaw.org/classes

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