Archival Storytelling for Artists

May 6 – May 27, 2020

As social distancing makes it more difficult to make new work, artists might consider using archival content. Jocelyn Arem, who specializes in turning archival content into art, leads our four-part online workshop, “Archival Storytelling for Artists.” The course is designed to help artists working in all mediums transform archival material into multimedia platforms that will turn what Arem calls “hidden” work into a creative gold mine.

Using a combination of participation, instructor Q&A, and critical feedback on participant projects, Arem will offer her powerful formula on ways to best access and maximize your greatest creative resource—untapped work. Working within today’s context, she will help you create a step-by-step project strategy to adapt, reimagine, and transform archival material into multimedia platforms that will turn “hidden” work into creative gold to support your portfolio and help empower your creative career.

Through structured activities to workshop participant projects, personal reflections, and group discussions, Jocelyn will lead you in the four essential elements of building an archival storytelling strategy:

Uncovering your archives and strategic goals

Defining your media platform/s

Honing your resources and relationships

Refining tools and methods for project implementation to produce successful final presentations.

In this workshop, you will exchange ideas and connections, learn about each other’s practices and build long-term support. Artists of any medium are welcome, as we will be working with archival content from all creative backgrounds and across a variety of formats.

You will walk away from the workshop with:

-A plan of action based on your project goals.
-A renewed sense of story and voice.
-Different ways to revitalize a story to add revenue streams to your career.
-Methods to engage in an intergenerational continuum within creative fields.
-A close community of informed peer artists.

Wednesday, May 6, 7-8:30pm
Wednesday, May 13, 7-8:30pm
Wednesday, May 20, 7-8:30pm
Wednesday, May 27, 7-8:30pm