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A Sustainable Creative Life: Community and Opportunities

Monday, April 4, 2022

Series Part 1: April 4 //

Series Part 2: April 11 //

Follow-up workshop series to Relationships and Ecosystems and how to activate your networks.

AcA has partnered with Creative Capital to bring artists in Acadiana a series of workshops that address the unique financial needs of artists, strengthen artists’ communication skills, as well as programs centered on building and maintaining relationships as part of art practice.


In this follow-up workshop series to Relationships and Ecosystems, Sharon Louden will guide participants through activating their networks; engaging communities of artists online; creating opportunities and work together, collaborating with museums, nonprofits and other arts organizations, and; exploring what a “post-exhibition” world can look like.

In this two-part workshop, Sharon Louden will offer visual artists strategies to engage their communities and demonstrate pragmatic approaches to sustaining a creative life. Louden will share the expertise she has gained through collaborations and conversations with gallery owners, museum professionals, critics, curators, nonprofits, residencies, academics and others in different art communities. Louden draws on examples and models from the front lines of the visual arts landscape collected on two extensive book tours, daily conversations and interactions, as well as a long career as an educator and leader. The workshop series is specifically designed to empower artists, demonstrate pragmatic approaches to sustaining a creative life, and demystify the “artworld.” This workshop will provide a close look at the topics below and we recommend that artists have taken either A Sustainable Creative Life: Relationships and Ecosystems or another workshop with Sharon Louden in the past.



  • Best practices to engage communities of artists online
  • Activating and engaging your network over time
  • Methodologies to create opportunities and work together
  • Specific examples of what artists and arts professionals are doing to survive, create, and thrive
  • How to collaborate with museums, nonprofits and other arts organizations
  • Exploring what a “post-exhibition” world can look like

In addition, there will be multiple touch-points of correspondence between Sharon and participants throughout the duration of each part that will include extensive sharing of documents and answering of questions. In between these sessions, participants will have access to an online forum where they can stay in touch, share information and resources, and build community outside of the class sessions.



Session One: Monday, April 4, 6-7:30pm CT

Session Two: Monday, April 11, 6-7:30pm CT



After the workshop series concludes, participants will be given the opportunity to sign up for an additional one-on-one consultation with Sharon Louden where she can answer questions specific to each artist’s situation. Consultations are 45-minutes long and take place by phone (or Zoom if you are outside of the US). The price is $120. Sharon will make 20 or more sessions available to those who attend the workshop.


  • Type: Creative Acadiana,Professional Development,Workshop
  • Time: April 4, 2022 - 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
  • Venue:Acadiana Center for the Arts