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Artists U: Finding Opportunities & Resources for Your Work

Professional Development Retreat with Andrew Simonetandrew

Friday, February 24, 2017 | 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM
PAHB 223
CIRCA will provide a catered lunch, with vegetarian options

  • What is at the heart of my practice and work?
  • How can I identify resources that fit my practice and build on my current partners?
  • And how do I pursue all of this in a non-exhausting way?

Based on ten years of work with performing and visual artists nationally, Andrew Simonet will share tools and approaches for positioning our work for resources. Yes, we will talk about grants; but we will begin with planning, grounding our ambitions in the specifics of our practice, work, and mission. We will consider the particular challenges and opportunities of artists working in universities. And we will look at ways to generate opportunities locally, nationally, and internationally across all disciplines: performing arts, visual art, social practice, film, and media.

Andrew Simonet is a choreographer and writer, and the founder of Artists U. He is the author of Making Your Life as an Artist and works with artists nationally to build sustainable lives. He was, from 1993 to 2013, a founding co-director and choreographer of Philadelphia’s Headlong Dance Theater, creating experimental dance theater in Philadelphia and touring nationally. Andrew’s projects include CELL, a performance journey for one audience member at a time guided by your cell phone, and This Town is a Mystery, performances by four Philadelphia households in their homes, followed by a potluck dinner. His work been supported by The Creative Capital Foundation, The New England Foundation for the Arts, The Pew Charitable Trusts, The Rockefeller Foundation, The Ford Foundation, The Surdna Foundation, The Japan Foundation, and The National Endowment for the Arts. His work has been produced by The Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art, The Portland Institute for Contemporary Art, The Philadelphia Live Arts Festival, Dance Theater Workshop (NYC), The Philadelphia Museum of Art, P.S. 122 (NYC), Central Park Summerstage, and The Kyoto Arts Center, among others. Currently, Andrew is the writer and producer for Barbacoa, a documentary film about documented and undocumented workers in Philadelphia’s restaurant industry.