Online Resource: The Mechanics of Sustaining a Creative Life, Part 1 and 2 Recording

Monday Aug 30th, 2021

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Erie Arts & Culture hosted two PRO Network webinars in August on Zoom and Facebook Live with Sharon Louden. The series is titled "The Mechanics of Sustaining a Creative Life." Watch the recording of part one and two from this series below. Then, register for the third session of the series, which will occur on August 31 at 6 PM.

Sharon Louden is an artist, educator, editor, and the Artistic Director of the Visual Arts at Chautauqua Institution. She is also a strong advocate for artists, having launched a series of books in 2013 entitled Living and Sustaining a Creative Life, each a collection of essays by 40 working artists written in a straight-forward style about how they continue to sustain their creative lives. That project launched two supporting conversation book tours across the United States and abroad reaching hundreds of communities and thousands of artists sharing their needs and wants. Louden has disseminated the data and information culled from those tours through countless workshops, webinars, and strategy sessions with foundations, academic institutions, and arts organizations. Sharon's mission is to share information with artists of all disciplines and crafts toward sustaining their creative lives.

This series dives into the details that every artist can focus on to help them sustain their creative practices into the future. Topics include:

  • Goal Setting
  • Identifying and researching your audience
  • Building an amazing database
  • How to approach members of your community with whom you wish to dialogue
  • Creating your own opportunities
  • Community Building

To bypass introductions in the recorded session, skip to time marker 17:41. 

Register for part three of the series here



Sharon Louden is an artist, educator, advocate for artists, editor of the Living and Sustaining a Creative Life series of books, and the Artistic Director of the Chautauqua Visual Arts at Chautauqua Institution.

She graduated with a BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and an MFA from Yale University School of Art. Her work has been exhibited in numerous venues including the Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, the Drawing Center, Carnegie Mellon University, Weisman Art Museum, National Gallery of Art, Birmingham Museum of Art, Weatherspoon Art Museum and the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art.

Sharon has taught since 1991. Her teaching experience includes studio and professional practice classes to students of all levels in many institutions throughout the United States. Colleges and universities at which she has lectured and taught include: Kansas City Art Institute, College of Saint Rose, Minneapolis College of Art and Design, Vanderbilt University, New York Academy of Art and Maryland Institute College of Art.

Sharon's website:  Sharon Louden

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Chautauqua Institute's website:  Chautauqua Institution



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