Your creativity and being savvy about how you share your creative products with the world are two different things that are in partnership with each other...

"I have worked in different capacities as someone who has planned and implemented programs within the northeast region of the United States. Many of these small to large scale efforts included marketing, branding, and many other components. Additionally, I am an artist and I have worked across the creative sector often helping other creatives execute a tangible vision in the world in different ways. 

It is though these experiences and my formal training from my graduate degrees that I recognize the connection between creativity and the business aspects of it. Creatives do not have to starve, but instead can embrace their entrepreneurial savvy.

These workshops are connected to my experience that I offer to anyone from visual artists, writers, musicians, and anyone who is within the realm of creativity. These workshops will often feature guest speakers who dwell across a diverse range of the creative spectrum offering their insights and wisdom about the different aspects of the business of our creative work."  

Shanta Lee Gander

Obsidian Arts  Creativepreneurship Workshops

2021  Virtual Series 

Workshop Fees: $60/workshop OR $150 for the series (unless noted otherwise) * Subsidies available email for details


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Project Planning 

Project planning can seem daunting. If you are a writer, you may have questions of where to start in terms of managing your writing projects. These questions also include thinking about timelines for creating and submitting your material. 


If you work in other areas as an artist—whether you are a painter, dancer, work with textiles, or within any other medium—how do you pace a project to completion as life is happening?


This workshop is for the creative at any stage in their career. The topics that will be covered in the workshop include: plotting your project in terms of how to prioritize where to start; Exploring different tools to apply to the planning process; and strategies for executing the plan for your creative projects as life is happening.

Wednesday, April 28, 2021
5 - 6:30 p.m.

Hosted by Arts Alive Inc. 
$10 for Arts Alive members 
$20 for non-members


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Grant Writing for Creatives
Saturday, May 15, 2021 
1 - 2:30 p.m.
Featuring Dr. Jessica Dolan

                                            Click here to register

Trying to finish a book? Completing new work in the area of arts or humanities but not sure how to find financial support? Grants are one of the many avenues for finding the support you need. This workshop talks about the often big, scary, and frustrating pieces of grant writing for creatives alongside of a deconstruction of why grant writing feels intimidating.

                          MORE ABOUT DR. JESSICA DOLAN

  *The photo of Dr. Jessica Dolan is a portrait by Ezra Distler.*

Dr. Jessica Dolan, Ethnobotanist, Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe Environment Division; Adjunct Faculty,
University of Guelph Department of Sociology and Anthropology. 

Dr. Jessica Dolan is an ethnobotanist, anthropologist and Indigenous studies scholar. She has sought to support Indigenous sovereignty, environmental, and food systems projects through her work in Canada and the United States since 2007. Her doctoral research explored the Haudenosaunee philosophies upon which the Haudenosaunee Environmental Task Force was founded, to contribute to building understanding of Indigenous environmental governance and caretaking. From January 2020 until March, 2021, she was a grant writer for Native American Food Sovereignty Alliance (NAFSA); she has also done grant writing for the Vermont Wilderness School over the last two years. In her life's work, she contributes to decolonizing public education of Native American and Indigenous histories, by participating in community-based projects, giving talks on ethics and methods of cross-cultural research, decolonizing curriculum and library collections development, and teaching. She now serves as Ethnobotanist for the Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe Environment Division, and is part of the Biocultural Research Stream of the Conservation through Reconciliation Partnership, and the Landscape of Nations 360 Indigenous Mapping project


Beautiful Disasters: Leveraging Failure & Disaster within Our Creative Practice 

Saturday, September 25 * 1 - 2:30 p.m.

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We all trip, fall, or stumble our way towards that polished creative output that may look like perfection to the naked eye. However, for those of us toiling behind the scenes, we know that there is nothing perfect in the process.

In some situations, our stumbling and fumbling threaten to pause or stop our creativity. Come learn about and be inspired by how to leverage these moments of rejection, failure, pause, and/or blockages to your advantage within your creative practice. Panelists for this virtual workshop will include: artist, educator (art and spirituality), and scholar Sarah Bowen; writer and editor of The Main Review, Rosanna Gargiulo; and poet, editor, and essayist  Diana Whitney.

More About the Panelists of Beautiful Disasters

Sarah Bowen resides in Vermont. She began her career creating films and light projections in collaboration with musicians, dancers, and experimental theaters, and have been concentrating on painting for the past thirty years. Her work has been exhibited nationally and has received support from the National Endowment of the Arts, the Vermont Arts Council, and the Vermont Arts Endowment Fund. Sarah has been an artist-in-residence at a number of art and educational organizations as well as a professor of visual art and spirituality.

Created through the day-to-day interaction of a meditative life with engaged studio process, her paintings are personal visualizations of wholeness, spiritual connection, and transcendence. They belong to the ancient world tradition of sacred art in which the very practice of visualization brings about a more unified, integrated state of being.

Sarah's current work is a series of collages that use planetary imagery to explore the inner and outer spaciousness that she seeks to experience. Sarah says of this work, "As this work moves forward, so, too, do I."

RosannaGargiulo lives in an antique house in Maine with her family and the perfectnumber of dogs (six, in case you were wondering). She publishes under the nameR.S. Wynn and her work has appeared or is forthcoming in the Tahoma LiteraryReview, River Teeth’s Beautiful Things, Bacopa Literary Review, Sweet: ALiterary Confection, New South, and elsewhere. Her work won the Larry BrownShort Story Award and Bumblebee Flash Fiction Prize, has placed in severalother contests, and been nominated for a Pushcart and Best of the Net. She isthe Editor of The Maine Reviewand holds an MFA in Writing from Vermont College of Fine Arts.

Diana Whitney writes across the genres in Brattleboro, Vermont with a focus on feminism, motherhood, and sexuality. Her first book, Wanting It, became an indie bestseller and won the Rubery Book Award in poetry. She was the longtime poetry critic for the San Francisco Chronicle, where she featured women poets and LGBTQ+ voices in her column. Her essays, op-eds, and book reviews have appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Kenyon Review, Glamour, Longreads, and many more. She won the 2015 Women’s National Book Association poetry prize and has received grants and fellowships from the Sustainable Arts Foundation, the Vermont Arts Endowment Fund, the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts and the Vermont Studio Center.      

       Diana holds a B.A. from Dartmouth and a M.A. from Oxford, where she was a Rhodes Scholar, and attended the Warren Wilson MFA Program for Writers. Her irreverent parenting column, Spilt Milk, was syndicated for years, ran as a public radio commentary series, and became a blog at The Huffington Post. She’s taught poetry and memoir at CCV, Sterling College, Vermont Academy, and the Poetry Society of Vermont.

Diana also works as a feminist activist in her community and beyond. Her advocacy for survivors of sexual violence has been featured in the New York Times, the Boston Globe, and other press outlets. She’s discovered that one of her missions in life is to lift up the voices of women, girls and gender non-conforming folks. Her latest project is You Don’t Have to Be Everything: Poems for Girls Becoming Themselves, an inclusive poetry anthology for teens released by Workman Publishing on March 30, 2021. Find out more at www.diana-whitney.com


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