Summer Music Festivals Set Sights on Waste Diversion

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Outside Lands in San Francisco. Photo courtesy Outside Lands

Summer music festivals bring out huge crowds of people who celebrate, revel and generate tons of waste. To make these multi-day events more sustainable, across the country, several festivals have committed to making waste diversion part of the package.

Several festivals across the country have committed to making waste diversion part of their events. Read the full article at Waste360.

Fall 2019 Writing Workshops

I am super excited about these upcoming writing workshops. There is something for every kind of writer. Join me!

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Sip & Write Workshop at Capitol Cider House 
Date: Tuesday, September 17, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Location: Capitol Cider House, 3930 Georgia Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20011
Cost: $25 includes one pour of cider.

Sip on cider and write! In this fun creative writing workshop, we will “write the city” as we celebrate the sights, sounds, tastes and textures of Washington, D.C. You will learn techniques for writing a city as a character as you explore your own experiences in the nation’s capital. You will walk away with three new pieces of writing and some new writing buddies.

Strike a Prose: Writing for Justice (nonfiction) – National Portrait Gallery
Date: Tuesday, October 8, 2019, 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM or
Friday, October 11, 10:00 AM – 12:30 PM
Location: National Portrait Gallery, 800 G Street NW, Washington, DC 20001
Cost: Free

In this creative writing workshop inspired by “The Struggle for Justice“, you will explore themes of democracy, social justice and freedom as you build a blended essay. The exhibition features images of activists and leaders from American movements for social justice. Through reading, discussion and guided writing exercises you will reflect on what it means to fight for something you believe in.

Strike a Prose: Crafting Dialogue (fiction) – National Portrait Gallery
Date: Tuesday, October 15, 2019, 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM or
Friday, October 18, 10:00 AM – 12:30 PM
Location: National Portrait Gallery, 800 G Street NW, Washington, DC 20001
Cost:
Free

We will focus on writing dialogue by drawing inspiration from the special exhibition “In Mid-Sentence“, which features some of the most iconic conversations and speeches in 20th century American history. We will also practice composing subtext, diversions and misdirection as we explore how to write about things said and things left unsaid. This workshop will be highly collaborative and interactive.

Strike a Prose: Write from Your Soul (cross-genre) – National Portrait Gallery
Date: Tuesday, October 22, 2019, 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM or
Friday October 25, 10:00 AM – 12:30 PM
Location: National Portrait Gallery, 800 G Street NW, Washington, DC 20001
Cost: Free

We will view powerful images of the legendary opera singer and activist in the exhibition “One Life: Marian Anderson“. Anderson once said, “Everyone has a gift for something.” In this creative writing workshop, you will reflect on your special gifts, talents and dreams. We will also look at how Anderson fought for civil rights as a black woman and an artist and imagine how we can use art to change the world.

Sip & Write at Capitol Cider House on Sept. 17

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Sip on cider and write! In this fun creative writing workshop, we will “write the city” as we celebrate the sights, sounds, tastes and textures of Washington, D.C. You will learn techniques for writing a city as a character as you explore your own experiences in the nation’s capital. You will walk away with three new pieces of writing and some new writing buddies.

Your ticket also includes one pour of cider! Doors open at 6pm. Limited seating available. Full food and drink menus will also be available for purchase.

Date: Tuesday, September 17, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Location: Capitol Cider House, 3930 Georgia Avenue Northwest, Washington, DC 20011
Cost: $25
Register here.

 

Interview with Arts Territory Exchange

In this interview for the Arts Territory Exchange blog, I discuss art, climate change and my curatorial process for Black Coffee & Vinyl Presents: Ice Culture. Check it out!

Ice Culture : Interview with Willona Sloan
July 22, 2019

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Willona Sloan, curator & managing editor for Black Coffee & Vinyl Presents: Ice Culture. Interview with Gudrun Filipska. 

Firstly, I really enjoyed the ICE CULTURE project and the publication. Have you always had an interest in the polar regions? What instigated the project?

Thank you so much! I have not always had an interest in the polar regions, and my interest in the topic came about only a few years ago. I live in Washington, DC, which does have snow and cold winters, but every year I become extremely upset by cold weather. It wasn’t until I did an artist residency in the Canadian Rockies at the Banff Centre for the Arts that I became remotely interested in the topic. I went in 2013, and then did a second residency there in 2014. That second time, I decided to take a day trip to the Athabasca Glacier, which is part of the Columbia Icefield in the Canadian Rockies.

That trip blew my mind, because I had never been interested in glaciers before and I became mildly obsessed with them afterwards. I visited Iceland, and did some traveling around, and again I visited a glacier. After that, I was officially hooked on the idea of doing some sort of art project related to climate change, and specifically how it affects glaciers.

For the past couple of years, I had been sort of trying to figure out how to make the project work as an idea, but when I landed on the theme of “culture,” it started to make sense for me and I got really excited. The project wasn’t about climate change science, but rather people and culture. People are connected to places, and their cultures are informed by these places.

It started as a question: What would happen to the people and places connected to ice if the ice were to melt?

I really wanted to expand the discussion of climate change as a data-driven conversation or a political conversation. It’s also a personal narrative. I felt that offering narratives that are both informative and creative could be a good way to engage people in these serious environmental issues that affect all of us, regardless of where we live.

Ultimately, I plan to tackle three additional themes with the project, Black Coffee & Vinyl Presents. The next one will be the theme of “city.”

Read the full interview here.

Sip & Write at Capitol Cider House

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Come drink and write. It’s the right thing to do! Join me for a fun workshop in July!

In this fun creative writing workshop, we will explore the theme of journeys — from transformative travels to personal journeys. You will walk away with three new pieces of writing and some new writing buddies. Writers of all levels and genres are welcome.

Your ticket also includes one pour of cider!

Limited seating. Full food and drink menus will also be available for purchase.

Date: Wed, July 24, 2019, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Register Here
Cost: $25
Location: Capitol Cider House, 3930 Georgia Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20011

May Writing Workshops

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Ida B. Wells-Barnett by Sallie E. Garrity C.1893/courtesy National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution

 

Strike a Prose: Historical Fiction

Date: Thursday, May 2, 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM or Friday, May 3, 10:00 AM – 12:30 PM
Location: National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution,800 G Street NW,
Washington, DC 20001
Cost: Free

With inspiration from “Votes for Women: A Portrait of Persistence,” we will create works of historical fiction, addressing themes of history, suffrage, democracy and freedom. The workshop will include reading, discussion and guided writing.

Strike a Prose: Persistent Women

Date: Thursday May 9, 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM or Friday, May 10, 10:00 AM – 12:30 PM
Location: National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution,800 G Street NW,
Washington, DC 20001
Cost: Free

In this writing workshop, we will focus on writing strong female leads, using fiction and nonfiction writing prompts. The writing workshop will be held in connection with “Votes for Women: A Portrait of Persistence” and will include guided writing, reading and discussion.

Strike a Prose: Persuasive Essays

Date: Thursday May 16, 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM or Friday May 17, 10:00 AM – 12:30 PM
Location: National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution,800 G Street NW,
Washington, DC 20001
Cost: Free

Using essays by pioneering leaders of the women’s suffrage movement, we will practice the fine art of essay writing, and develop essays that inform and persuade. The writing workshop will be held in connection with “Votes for Women: A Portrait of Persistence and will include guided writing, reading and discussion.

Life as Metaphor: Personal Essay Writing

writing womanLife is beautiful. It’s also messy. In this personal essay writing workshop, writers will use the messiness of real life for inspiration. Participants will practice drawing from experiences, asking hard questions, and diving in deep to reveal their true selves through their creative work.

Join me for this one-day workshop hosted by The Writer’s Center.

Date: Saturday, June 15, 10:00 AM – 12:30 PM

Location: The Writer’s Center at Hill Center
921 Pennsylvania Avenue SE
Washington,DC 20003

Cost: $65 Register

Black Coffee & Vinyl Presents: Ice Culture

Black Coffee & Vinyl Presents: Ice Culture explores the beauty and mystery of our world’s ice, and reveals the necessity of ice to our human survival. The project explores the traditions and cultures of people connected to ice from the Arctic Circle to Antarctica, and raises vital concerns about climate change that can no longer be ignored. As climate change affects the weather and composition of our planet, our ice continues to melt. This reality affects all of us, regardless of where we live.

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Untitled by Adriene Hughes

Black Coffee & Vinyl Presents: Ice Culture, a website (www.blackcoffeevinyl.com) and literary magazine publication, features art, music and literature by artists living and working in Greenland, Iceland, Norway, Canada, Germany, US and more. Mixing poetry, essays, interviews, visual art and sound art, the project explores the myriad of ways ice touches our lives.

As the managing editor and curator for the project, I selected work from more than 400 artists from around the world. The work is diverse and thoughtful. I am grateful to the artists’ for their contributions.

Check out the Black Coffee & Vinyl website, and get your copy of the gorgeous literary magazine here.

2019 Artist Grant

I am honored to be a recipient of a 2019 Artist Fellowship in the category of Humanities from the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities.

Also for 2019, I have a big new project coming up this year! Black Coffee & Vinyl Presents: Ice Culture is a multimedia project that will feature art, music and literature by artists working and living in Greenland, Norway, Iceland, Canada, United States and more. The project will be released in January. Stay tuned for more details!

March Writing Workshops

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Image Credit: Beaumont Newhall Self-Portrait by Beaumont Newhall

The January workshops at the National Portrait Gallery have been rescheduled. Check out the new dates and register at the link.

Strike a Prose: Writing Self-Portraits
Date: Thursday, March 14, 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM or Friday, March 15, 10:00 AM – 12:30 PM
Location: National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution, 800 G Street, NW, Washington, DC
Cost: Free

In this writing workshop inspired by Eye to I: Self-Portraits from 1900 to Today, we will create writing that reflects on how we see ourselves and how we obscure how others see us. The workshop will incorporate reading, discussion, and creative writing prompts.

Strike a Prose: Finding Footing in a Shifting Landscape
Date: Thursday, March 21, 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM or Friday, March 22, 10:00 AM – 12:30 PM
Location: National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution, 800 G Street, NW, Washington, DC
Cost: Free

In this creative writing workshop, we will view Eye to I: Self-Portraits from 1900 to Today and develop new writing that explores the complicated ways that we construct our identities in an ever-changing social landscape. The workshop will include reading, discussion, and guided writing prompts that ask tough questions and allow for self-exploration.

Strike a Prose: Close Look at Eye to I
Date: Thursday, March 28, 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM or Friday, March 29, 10:00 AM – 12:30 PM
Location: National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution, 800 G Street, NW, Washington, DC
Cost: Free

In this writing workshop, we will practice writing about visual art, using a critical perspective. We will view Eye to I: Self-Portraits from 1900 to Today in order to discuss curatorial themes and analyze particular works of art. This workshop is perfect for writers interested in writing about visual art critically or developing their ability to use visual art to inspire their creative writing.