Posts Tagged ‘workshops’

Why, hello.

Thursday, April 22nd, 2010

So this blog has been pretty quiet for the past couple of weeks, not because we have nothing to blog about but because we’re just so darn busy!

Here’s some of what we’ve been up to and what we’re working on:

  • Advocacy Potluck Supper and County Council hearing: On Monday, April 5, we held an Advocacy Potluck Supper with Montgomery County Councilmembers. Over 100 representatives from the arts and humanities community showed up in green garb to ask the Council to Give the Green Light to the Arts and Humanities — thanks to all who came!
    Three representatives from the arts and humanities community spoke at the public hearing: our CEO, Suzan Jenkins; artist Lauren Cook; and Strathmore artist-in-residence Christylez Bacon. All did an excellent job of representing the arts and humanities, and Council President Nancy Floreen even told Christylez after his testimony, “I think you just gave everyone in this room hope.”
  • Marketing Managers Networking Breakfast: We had our monthly Marketing Managers Networking Breakfast on Friday, April 16 and were joined by Tonya R. Taylor of Rising Star Ideas, LLC. She spoke to us about leveraging Twitter for business success, and it was a really great session — look out for an upcoming workshop offering!

  • Legal Issues for Creative Entrepreneurs workshop series: Our Legal Issues for Creative Entrepreneurs workshop series is well underway! There are two sessions left: Negotiation Skills and Tax Strategies. Click here for details and registration.
  • Afternoon of Traditional World Music: Montgomery Traditions will be presenting a stage on Saturday, April 24 from 12:00 to 2:00 pm for the Amnesty International Human Rights Art Festival. This free program will feature Hindustani vocal music and El Salvadorian folk music from Samia Mahbub Ahmad and Lilo Gonzalez. Check out the event’s listing on for more information.
  • Ignite! Conference: This is the biggie! On Friday, June 4, we’ll be presenting the Ignite! Conference on transforming business with creativity at the Universities at Shady Grove in Rockville, MD. Join keynote speaker Seth Kahan, pioneers in business creativity and 200 fellow entrepreneurs, business leaders and creatives for a day of innovation and fun! For more information, visit the website. We hope to see you there!

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Dancing outside of the box

Wednesday, March 10th, 2010

I don’t usually do New Years’ Resolutions, but two weeks into 2010, I made a decision: 2010 is my year to stop talking about what I want to do and to actually start doing it, particularly in the arts and humanities. My first project: Start dancing.

While I’ve been immersed in music my whole life, I’ve always found dancing fun and have always wanted to take lessons. However, the fact that I couldn’t hide behind an instrument or choir folder completely intimidated me, so most of my dancing happened behind closed doors in my room where I taught myself vintage N*Sync and Britney Spears dances. (The choreography for “Oops I Did It Again” is forever ingrained in my head.) Even now, getting onto the dance floor at a wedding is out of the question — unless the DJ’s spinning songs with built-in choreography, like “Achy Breaky Heart” or “Thriller.”

So in my new “just do it” spirit of 2010, I’ve started taking hip-hop dance classes at Joy of Motion’s Bethesda location and even attended a master class during Dance Bethesda. I also go swing dancing occasionally at Glen Echo Park with friends I’ve made at a zumba class. And I’m even thinking about joining my newfound hip-hop dance friends in taking ballet classes to learn how to control movement.

See the girl with the teal sweats? That's me at a hip-hop master class during Dance Bethesda! Courtesy of Bethesda Urban Partnership

Sure, I look a bit awkward and I’m learning to move in different ways than I’m used to (I’m not that great at following while swing dancing, and watching me try to do a wave in hip-hop is LOL-worthy), but I’ve finally summoned the courage to try something I’ve always wanted to – and I’m having fun. And maybe, just maybe, I can get better at it.

The swing dancing crowd at the Spanish Ballroom at Glen Echo Park

What about you? What classes or activities have you always wanted to try but have never summoned up the courage to?

Need a starting point? Check out the Classes and Workshops category on!

Marketing Your Creativity Workshops

Wednesday, March 3rd, 2010

During February the AHCMC produced two of three scheduled marketing workshops for individual artist and craft entrepreneurs. The workshop “Marketing Your Creativity” was presented by Marga Fripp at the Charles W. Gilchrist Center for Cultural Diversity in Wheaton and the BlackRock Center for the Arts in Germantown. Marga’s presentation focuses on 7 strategies to effective and successful marketing for artists and crafts people. Artists and crafts people from painters and sculptors, to jewelers and potters have attended and found the workshop stimulating, informative, and on the mark for strategies.  At each session attendees had the opportunity to pose questions related to their specific situation, share ideas and network.

Marga Fripp at BlackRock Center

The “Marketing Your Creativity” workshops have garnered high praise from the attendees.  Attendees’ comments attest to Marga’s expertise and the quality and value of the workshop.  These are just a few comments: “a wealth of information,” “stimulating ideas, an emphasis on relationship building,” and workshop attendees were impressed by Marga’s   “breadth of info,”  “depth of knowledge of the presenter,” “very organized, good concrete info and examples,” and “I liked the warm atmosphere and ability to ask questions in a relaxed way.” Marga will present the Marketing Your Creativity workshop again on Tuesday, March 23, from 6:30- 8:30 PM at Glen Echo Park.  You won’t want to miss this opportunity to learn how to market the products of your creativity.

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