Professional Development Workshops 2010-2013

Below is a select list of past guest speakers and workshop facilitators
* CARON ATLAS, Executive Director of Arts and Democracy
Engaging the Public Policy Sector
In this workshop, participants discussed strategies for building relationships with government officials and agencies as well as case studies of art advancing public policy.
JACKIE BATTENFIELD, ARTIST, ARTS ADMINISTRATOR, WRITER
Learning the Tools of Promotion
In this workshop, partcipants discussed the tools of promotion, participated in short communication exercises and addressed best practices around promoting their public art projects.
PATRICIA BEIRNE, DESIGN STRATEGIST AND EDUCATOR
Writing Workshop: Writing for Multiple Audiences
This workshop invited participants to explore writing about their work for different audiences, including a local community, an art institution, and a potential partner.
COLLETTE BLANCHARD, OWNER, COLLETTE BLANCHARD GALLERY
Portfolio Review
Partcipants met with Gallerist Collette Blanchard for one-on-one critiques of the public art projects they were developing.
NICOLE J. CARUTH, WRITER AND INDEPENDENT CURATOR
Writing Workshop: Artist Statements for Different Audiences
In this workshop Caruth facilitated a writing clinic to workshop each participant's artist statement, resume, and promotional language for their Create Change projects
CITIZENS COMMITTEE FOR NEW YORK CITY, ARIF ULLAH
Community Organizing
This workshop addressed the fundamentals of community organizing, which include: issue identification, establishing a purpose and vision, strategic planning, organizing outreach and participation, evaluation, and leading community meetings.
MATTHEW DELEGET, ARTIST, CURATOR
Web Tools: Making Your Projects More Public
This workshop introduced a number of ways that artists can integrate the web to increase their project's visibility and participation.
RACHEL FALCONE AND MICHAEL PREMO, HOUSING IS A HUMAN RIGHT
Establishing Community Partnerships
This workshop focuses on developing and sustaining community partnerships to assist in broadening the reach of an artist’s community based projects. Using Housing is a Human Right (a previously supported Create Change project) as a point of departure, Falcone and Premo shared case studies of their own experiences working with community partners and led breakout sessions for artists to explore the benefits and challenges of incorporating community partners into their projects. Artists were also provided time to workshop their current partnership ideas.
THEASTER GATES, ARTIST
Between Projects, Objects and People: Trekking from the Museum World Back to My Country
This workshop attempted to layout a platform that creates ways of accepting the complexity of your interests as reasonable playing field for public discourse, creative practice, and survival tactics in contemporary art’s museum and gallery sectors.
* EBONY GOLDEN, performance artist and director of Betty's Daughter Arts Collaborative
Building a Kinetic & Collaborative Project
This workshop focused on collaborative visioning strategies that artists can take before developing and implementing their projects in community-based settings.
LISA GROSS, ARTIST
The Boston Tree Party 
This workshop covers the development and evolution of The Boston Tree Party from a small gesture based work to a city-wide collaborative campaign and coalition organizing in support of Civic Fruit. Create Change artists will discuss the nuts and bolts of collaborating with diverse communities and organizations, raising money, building a team, and overseeing a long-term project
DYLAN HOUSE, Community Design Director, Hester Street Collaborative
Communication Strategies & Web Tools
This workshop focused on how artists can implement print design and web strategies to encourage participation within their projects. Topics included: Tools that artists can use to develop compelling printed materials and Tips and Tricks for DIY Designing when the budget doesn't allow for paid designers.
KEMI ILESANMI, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, THE LAUNDROMAT PROJECT and DEEARAH WRIGHT, OWNER, GATHER BROOKLYN
Sustaining Your Practice

This workshop provides information about how artists can sustain their projects from a financial, materials, and personal energy standpoints. Experts in the field of grantmaking and fundraising lead the group in effective strategies that can be implemented in their own projects as they plan their sustainability blueprints.
ANDRE LANCASTER, DIRECTOR, FREEDOM TRAIN PRODUCTIONS
Strategies in Oral History Collection
With Selly K. Thiam of None on Record, Lancaster discussed strategies in oral history collection. Pulling from his experience working with StoryCorps and his organization Freedom Train Productions, which is a black queer theater company dedicated to political art and social activism that engages artists and audiences, Lancaster offered approaches in oral history collection for residents to incorporate in their Create Change projects.

MAPP INTERNATIONAL
The America Project
MAPP International presented Sekou Sundiata's American Project, which was conceived on in 2001 as a shared contemplation of America's national identity, its power in the world, and its guiding mythologies.
PRERANA REDDY, DIRECTOR OF PUBLIC EVENTS, QUEENS MUSEUM OF ART
Museum as a Social Agent: Queens Museum of Art's Corazón de Corona/Heart of Corona Initiative
Reddy was invited to share the projects that she organized for the Queens Museum of Art's Corazón de Corona/Heart of Corona initiative. The initiative was launched to improve the health of residents, and to activate and beautify Corona's public space in order to create a better quality of life for residents. Reddy discussed the book A Healthy Taste of Corona - a bi-lingual, 150-page cookbook featuring recipes for much of the fare found in Corona with recipes contributed by Queens Borough President Helen Marshall, Mets General Manager Omar Minaya, and more than 30 favorite local officials, community leaders and restaurateurs. She also discussed Corona Plaza Center of Everywhere, a public art commissioning project which invited eight artists over two years to mount public art projects for Corona residents. Reddy's presentation positioned the museum as an institution and agent for social change.

MARCOS SALAZAR, Co-Founder & Executive Director, BE SOCIAL CHANGE
Social Entrepreneurship
This workshop focused on defining what social entrepreneurship is and how artists can work within that construct to make their work sustainable. Participants were also exposed to the current trends, challenges and available resources within this sector.
SERGIO MUNOZ SARMIENTO, ESQ., ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR, VOLUNTEER LAWYERS FOR THE ARTS
Artist Rights and Liabilities: Conducting Art in the Public Sphere
This workshop featured lawyer and artist Sergio Muñoz Sarmiento who lectured on the artist’s rights and liabilities when making work within the public sphere.
DREAD SCOTT, ARTIST
Making Your Public Art Projects More Public Using the Web
This workshop addressed strategies in increasing web traffic to an artist's website and offers tools and brief how-tos for building a successful participatory-based website that can further develop an existing participatory project that does not already live on the web.
RASHID SHABAZZ, PROGRAM OFFICER, CAMPAIGN FOR BLACK MALE ACHIEVEMENT, OPEN SOCIETY INSTITUTE- U.S. PROGRAMS
Create Change via Community Partnerships
In this workshop, Shabazz discussed various approaches to developing community partners to resident's Create Change projects.
SELLY K. THIAM, FOUNDER, NONE ON RECORD
Strategies in Oral History Collection
With Andre Lancaster of Freedom Train Productions, Thiam was invited to present her project None on Record: Stories of Queer Africa as a successful platform for oral history collection. None on Record is a sound documentary that collects the stories of queer, lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (QLGBT) Africans from the African Continent and the Diaspora.

URBAN BUSH WOMEN
Entering, Building and Exiting Community
Entering, Building and Exiting Community presented by Urban Bush Women Based on experiential learning, this workshop embodies effective leadership practices that strengthens and develops our understanding of community engagement. Participants gain tools and methodologies for entering, building and exiting community, including navigating a variety of assumptions regarding community-based practices.This workshop is not a presentational how- to guide about community relations. It is a dialogic mapping of experience using tools that may include theater games, writing, and movement exercise.

WEEKSVILLE HERITAGE CENTER
Ethics and Strategies of Oral History Collection
This workshop addressed ethics and best practices of oral history collection. Using Weeksville Heritage Center collection strategies as a point of departure, participants explored techniques in collecting their own stories.