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. 
(No Fee)

More details will be posted about how to register!

Grant Writing for Creatives
Saturday, May 15, 2021 * 1 - 2:30 p.m.

Featuring Dr. Jessica Dolan

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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.


Dr. Dolan is an Environmental Anthropologist, Ethnobotanist, Indigenous Studies Scholar, Grant Writer, NAFSA and Adjunct Faculty, Department of Sociology and Anthropology, University of Guelph
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Beautiful Disasters: Leveraging Failure & Disaster within Our Creative Practice 

Date: Early Fall, TBD * More details to be added

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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.

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This newsletter includes Shanta Lee's personal insights, vignettes as it relates to her creative process, and  creative contemplations along with flash interviews that feature other creatives exploring more aspects of craft, the business of creativity, and more.


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