This workshop for artists of all disciplines employ tips, discussion, role playing and feedback to improve interpersonal communications and public speaking skills. Topics include communication skills for one-on-one situations and large group speaking engagements; how to speak about your artistic work in the most accurate and honest way and how to communicate your artistic narrative and the value of your work to potential funders and supporters. Also included for artists making social justice, environmental justice, and other issued-based work will be considerations for talking about sensitive topics and how to balance talking about the work and talking about the issue to different constituents.
About James Scruggs
James Scruggs is a writer, performer and arts administrator who creates topical, theatrical, multimedia work usually focused on inequity or gender politics. His most recent work is Trapped in a Traveling Minstrel Show, an intimate piece exploring race through the lens of a deconstructed minstrel show structure. He was recently awarded a 2016 NJSCA Fellowship for artistic excellence, a 2016 Creative Capital Award, and a 2015 MAP Grant to create 3/Fifths, a piece exploring race and racism today. It premiered in 2017 at 3LD Art & Technology Center in New York. 3/Fifths was inspired by Disposable Men, a 2005 multimedia solo performance that juxtaposed images from Hollywood monster movies with the harsh reality of the historical treatment of black men in America. It was produced by HERE Arts Center and toured nationally. Previous theatrical works include Touchscape, An Emotional Striptease; Tickets To Manhood and more recently Deepest Man, an experimental work with a 3D holographic projection surface exploring freediving as a cure for grief. He’s a consultant and Fieldwork facilitator for The Field, and is also currently a Professional Development workshop facilitator for Creative Capital. James Scruggs has a BFA in Film from School of Visual Arts.
About Eve Mosher
Eve Mosher is an artist and interventionist living and working in New York City. Her works use investigations of the landscape as starting points for audience exploration of urban issues. Her public works raise issues of involvement in the environment, public/private space use, history of place, cultural and social issues and our own understanding of the urban ecosystem. Mosher’s work has been profiled in international media including The New York Times, ARTnews, L’uomo Vogue and Le Monde. Her public- and community-based artworks have received grants from New York State Council on the Arts and New York Department of Cultural Affairs, both through the Brooklyn Arts Council and The City Parks Foundation. She is an Assistant Professor at Parsons the New School for Design. Mosher has an undergraduate degree in architecture and a Masters in Fine Arts. Learn more about her work at evemosher.com.