New to Networking: A Workshop on Finding Jobs, Finding Friends, and Finding Safe(r) Spaces to Strut Your Stuff

Entering a scene as a new and/or emerging artist can be really intimidating, especially when it seems like everyone is more experienced and connected than you; for marginalized artists, simply making connections and finding supportive spaces can be particularly challenging.  Casual and judgement-free, this workshop will guide new and emerging artists through the process of networking from start to finish.  You will leave this workshop with the skills to build a network of other artists, tips on how to find and create respectful and inclusive spaces, a concrete list on where to find those spaces, and (hopefully) some new connections to help you on your way. Beginners (obviously) welcome; introverts also welcome.

This workshop is the fifth in a series of five Artist Education workshops -- a new collaboration between Patrick's Cabaret and Soo Visual Arts Center (SooVAC) intended to create collaborative space for artists to share their skills with fellow artists and organizers, to strengthen relationships and build resilience.

If you're interested, go ahead and register here: . Space is limited, so make sure you do so soon! Also, we have scholarships available for those who can't make the $5-10 sliding scale.

This workshop is led by Ollie Schminkey, a white, non-binary transgender poet/musician/artist. They facilitate, direct, and host many organizations, including a queer open mic called OUTspoken! and a weekly writing workshop called Well-Placed Commas. They have also represented the Twin Cities in numerous national poetry competitions, and they have authored one chapbook, The Taste of Iron. You can find them touring nationally or in the We Will Be Shelter, Drunk in a Midninght Choir, and 20% Theater Co's The Naked I. For more check out or Button Poetry.




Saturday, April 29, 2017 - 3:00pm to 5:00pm
Event Location
Soo Visual Arts Center
2909 Bryant Avenue South Suite 101

Venue Details: 

SooVAC's space is designed for accessibility, and is ADA compliant.