Join us for these monthly donation-based online events featuring a different artist and artistic practice each time!
"The Art of Resilience: Writing Trauma, Finding Joy"
with KaToya Fleming
writer & professor
Saturday, October 16
12:00-1:00 p.m. (EST)
The link will be emailed to you within 24 hours of the event.
As writers, we often find ourselves having to confront our own trauma as we put words on the page. Sometimes those stories, which can unearth painful feelings or memories, can stifle our ability to write in the first place. In this popup, we'll explore how trauma can impact the creative process and KaToya will share practical methods for confronting difficult narratives, overcoming emotional roadblocks, and developing strategies for taking control of the story to find light in the darkness and write toward healing.
All you'll need is something to write and and with, and openness.
“There’s a popular quote that says, ‘Grief is just love with no place to go.’ Writing can help us to give our grief an outlet—someplace to go, instead of bottled up inside of ourselves—and when we do that, we’re often able to find joy alongside the pain of our memories.” - KaToya Fleming
"Introduction to Zentangle"
with Vanesa Simon
certified Zentangle instructor
Sunday, September 12
12:30-2:00 p.m. (EST)
An introduction to pattern drawing for wellness, relaxation and used to spark your creativity. We will work with simple strokes to make intricate patterns. Focusing on one stroke of the pen at a time, to help our minds slow down and introduce you to a meditative drawing practice for wellness.
Paper, thicker stock, if possible, cut to 4x4 inches – Artist Tiles
Black fine tip pen
Tortillon/Blender or Qtip
"Art for Self-Care"
with Raquel Farrell-Kirk
Sunday, May 23
1:00-2:00 p.m. (EST)
Join us to discover new ways that ANYONE can use art and art-making to relieve stress, improve self-awareness, and insert more joy into your days.
No prior art making experience is needed. Paper and pen or markers, colored pencils or pastels are all you need!
with Petra Salazar
Poet & Editor at Snapdragon Journal
Sunday, April 25
1:00-2:30 p.m. (EST)
For National Poetry Month, we have our own poetry editor leading April's popup! In this mini-session, Petra will lead a discussion on the difficulty of writing about trauma, and strategies for handling sensitive and triggering material that we may feel called to write about. We will consider issues such as writing blocks, form, and audience. All you need to bring is yourself, pen and paper!
"There's no need to write about trauma, unless, of course, there is a need." ~ Petra Salazar
"Mood Cards as Guides
with Elya Braden
Poet & Visual Artist
Sunday, March 14
1:00-2:30 p.m. (EST)
When we experience trauma, a common response is to shut down our emotions as we go into fight, flight, freeze or fawn. If this happens repeatedly, we can lose touch with how we feel, sinking into depression when what we really feel may be grief, sadness or anger. Creating and dialoging with mood cards can help us access our true feelings. This workshop will begin with a guided meditation. We will then discuss some key emotions and create mood cards reflecting these emotions. We will use the cards as an entry to deeper exploration through writing and sharing.
What Elya says you'll need:
magazines with lots of images (some of my favorites are: Spirituality & Health, National Geographic, Oprah, but bring whatever works for you!)
glue sticks or other thin glue (with brush to apply)
5x8 index cards or thin cardboard cut in 5x8 rectangles (something stiffer than plain paper is best)
a journal or plain or lined paper to write on and a pen
"Creative Soul: Anchor into the Inner Artist"
with Shakira B. Bethea
yoga instructor & healing artist
Saturday, February 27
1:00 -2:30 p.m. (EST)
Creative Soul embodies a braver space to practice movement and creative visioning as we explore mini zines for transformative discoveries of hidden and new gifts. We'll have a gentle yoga (which can be modified to seated yoga for those who may desire) and meditation practice, connecting to the inner artist, and make zines in response to journal prompts. We are free to discuss experiences that suppressed the artist within, and cultivate a sense of feeling restored, balanced, and ready to take action.
What you'll need:
Create a space that feels supportive to your practice. This can look like gathering crystals, plants, blankets, tea, essential oils or something else that brings you comfort. Also gather these things for zine making:
3-5 sheets of 8x11 paper
Pencil, markers, crayons, or paint
A ruler (optional)
Yoga Mat (optional)
"Healing Connections with Sacred Self • Mother Earth • One Another."
with Ally Markotich
artist, poet, Intentional Creativity® teacher, and founder of Soul Kindling
Sunday, November 8
1:00 -2:30 p.m. (EST)
Let's take time away from the chaos and center ourselves on our collective being. Our time together would include moving through a simple line drawing, some coloring and written, contemplative prompts. We will explore our belonging, share our story, speak our voice, connect our common thread, claim our sacred responsibility and celebrate one another.
Supplies you'll need:
a permanent marker
and some color (markers, colored pencils, paint, etc.)
“When I still myself to paint, I bring my deepest heart prayers to the canvas in the form of marks, symbol and color. What words can’t express, the canvas welcomes. Here, the mystery of the divine meets me. I see the surprise of what I hold. This witnessing of my inner world begins the journey of transformation.”
"A Radical Movement: Improvisation for Daily Living, Loving & Problem Solving"
with Christina Soriano
Saturday, October 24
11:00 a.m. - noon (EST)
In this session, participants will be invited to join Christina in a seated improvisation movement experience. Together we will create a zoom space to convene with our bodies, practice self-reflection and avoid self-judgement.
No previous movement training of any kind is necessary, only is a willingness to come with an open mind and surprise yourself with what is possible in an authentic seated movement exploration.
Come seated in a sturdy chair, with comfortable clothing. And pen and paper nearby.
"Change is the only constant in our lives. Let’s practice responding to it and embracing it together." - Christina
"Writing to the Bottom of Things: A Ritual for the Mind, Body and Soul"
with Cara Hagan
interdisciplinary artist & instructor
Saturday, September 12
12:00-1:15 p.m. (EST)
A writing workshop in embodied disguise, participants will write, move, breathe, and leave the experience with a renewed sense of wonder and soul-fuel for the months ahead. Many of the exercises will be easily repeatable after the workshop. Participants are free to add them to their personal toolbox.
In preparation for the workshop, participants are asked to:
Build a small altar - a collection of precious objects which hold space for our experiences, energies, and hopes. If you're new to altar building, have fun! Some suggestions of how to construct an altar include making sure you have a sturdy space to put your objects where they won't be disturbed - this can be a plate, a box, a small table, or other such things you find around the house! If you're wondering what to put on your altar, suggestions include something from the earth, pictures of ancestors, sacred personal objects, objects in colors that raise your vibration, and things that emit or reflect light.
Have something to write with during our time together, a comfortable place to sit with enough room to stand and extend your arms out to your sides and over your head.
"Creating Your Own Junque Journal"
with Rosemary Royston
Sunday, August 9
3:00-4:00 p.m. (EST)
Want to create your own journal from existing supplies that you likely have at home? Then pop in for this session.
Whether using leather or an old hardcover book, poet & teacher Rosemary Royston will show you the simplest way to make your own journal -- for "junquing," writing, or drawing.
Participants will learn a simple stitch (and a few tricks) on how to sew in paper folios, along with receiving a list of supplies that are super-basic (no need for a high dollar trip to the art store). Rosemary will share sample journals she's made to get your creative juices flowing, and you may find yourself making more than one, as it's hard not to!
Time includes demonstration (see suggested supplies to the right if you want to create during the time) and Q&A.
Suggested supplies to have with you for the popup:
thread (preferably embroidery or heavier thread for book making)
at least 5 pieces of paper that are 8.5 x 11 and folded in half, length-wise
push pin or an awl
potential hardback book to re-purpose or piece of leather (optional)