CAA Presents a Professional-Development Workshop for Artists at Virginia Commonwealth University

The College Art Association (CAA), in partnership with the School of the Arts at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCUarts), will present its next National Professional-Development Workshop for Artists at the Grace Street Theater on Saturday, October 1, 2011. The one-day event, called “Toolkit for a Sustainable Life in the Arts: Ideas XS, S, M, L, XL,” will explore strategies for launching, renewing, and sustaining a career in the arts.

“Toolkit for a Sustainable Life in the Arts” will take place 8:00 AM–7:00 PM at VCUarts, Grace Street Theater, 934 West Grace Street, Richmond, VA 23284. The workshop is free for all VCUarts students, faculty, and staff; $25 for all other participants. A limited number of stipends are available; please contact Susan Schear, CAA national workshop project consultant, at 973-482-1000 or for more information.

Check-in and registration begin at 8:00 AM, with a complimentary continental breakfast and an opportunity for group networking. At 9:00 AM, Aaron Landsman, a renowned playwright, actor, and teacher, will present the keynote address, “Exploring How a Life in the Arts Can Be Sustained.” Next, the artist Michelle Hinebrook, assistant chairperson in Graduate Communications Design at Pratt Institute, will present “Analog Toolkit: Pragmatic Strategies for Creating Opportunities.”

After a buffet lunch (included in the registration fee), Peter Baldes, an artist and VCUarts professor in the Department of Painting and Printmaking, will lead workshop participants through “Toolkit 2.0: Extending Opportunities through Social Media, Web Presence, and New Distribution Channels.” Next, two speakers—Sarah Cunningham, former director of arts education for the National Endowment for the Arts and now VCUarts director of research, and Melissa Potter, an artist and assistant professor in the Interdisciplinary Arts Department at Columbia College Chicago—will present “Solvent Toolkit: Realizing Grant Opportunities.”

The final panel, “DIY Toolkits: Innovative Models for Making Art and Collaborating with an Engaged Community,” moderated by Jack Risley, VCUarts associate dean of academic affairs, will consist of three VCUarts professors with diverse artistic practices: Kendall Buster and Corin Hewitt from the Department of Sculpture and Extended Media and Hope Ginsburg of the Department of Painting and Printmaking. A Q&A session will conclude the workshop.

Following the workshop, VCUarts cordially invites participants to a networking reception at its Anderson Gallery (907½ West Franklin Street, Richmond, VA 23284), to be held 5:30–7:00 PM. The exhibition Environment and Object: Recent African Art will be on view.

Registration for the workshop is first-come, first-served. Because space is limited, CAA encourages you to register in advance. Participants from VCUarts should contact Susan Schear at 973-482-1000 or; please include your name, mailing address, and telephone number in your voicemail or email to receive a confirmation for registration. All others can pay by credit card, debit card, or PayPal via If paying with cash or by check at the door, or if requesting a stipend, please contact Susan Schear and include your name, mailing address, and telephone number in your voicemail or email.

For more information on the workshop, visit or or contact Susan Schear with any questions. CAA’s National Professional-Development Workshops for Artists, which focus on supporting visual artists in underserved areas, are sustained by a generous grant from the Emily Hall Tremaine Foundation.

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The School of the Arts at Virginia Commonwealth University comprises sixteen programs in fine art, design, the performing arts and art history. The main campus in Richmond hosts more than 3,000 undergraduate and graduate students in the arts, while a sister campus in Doha, Qatar, counts 214 students enrolled in five programs.

VCUarts has grown to become the top American public university for the visual arts, as ranked by US News and World Report. See to learn more.

Founded in 1911, the College Art Association serves the needs and interests of 13,000 individual and 2,000 institutional members. It publishes two scholarly journals in art history, an online reviews journal for books and exhibitions, a weekly email newsletter, and a website with news about the organization, its members, and the larger art and academic worlds. CAA also hosts an Annual Conference for 4,000 to 7,000 artists, art historians, and students, provides career counseling, and advocates for

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