ACTIVATING ARTISTS: MAKING ART DURING FASCISM
with Beth Pickens
Date: Monday, October 9, 2017
Location: Pacoima City Hall, Media Room (2nd Floor), 13520 Van Nuys Blvd, Pacoima CA 91331
(Free parking in the underground public lot.)
Artists are essential in resisting and dismantling fascism. Throughout history and through the present, you instigate, question, provoke; you provide humor, creative impulse, reflection, serenity, validation. In light of our country’s political swing toward white supremacy and hate, artists need the emotional, financial, physical, and spiritual support to sustain their work. You are invited to show up, listen, and share: support, resources, community-building, information, methods to enter movements, and ways to sustain both your activism and your practice. You will receive a free pamphlet with tips and self-assessment tools for continuing your practice during this administration. Bring a notebook and something to write with!
Beth Pickens is a Los Angeles-based consultant for artists and arts organizations. She provides career consultation, grant writing, fundraising, and financial, project and strategic planning services for clients throughout the US. She earned my M.Ed. in Counseling Psychology from the University of Missouri-Columbia. Before relocating to Los Angeles in 2014, she was based in San Francisco where she served as Senior Program Manager at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts and Managing Director of both RADAR Productions and the Queer Cultural Center. She specializes in supporting queer and trans artists, women, and artists of color. She is also the founder of the now-defunct San Francisco Food Adventure Club which gained notoriety for eating a human placenta two ways. Her book Making Art During Fascism will be published by Feminist Press in February 2018.