Virtual Art Center

Socially Distanced but Engaged Craft Collective Presents……

In light of current events, SECC will be hosting a Zoom video chat series to support educators, craft artists, and everyone else through this unprecedented time!  We are putting an emphasis on the “social” in this series and basing our work around the guiding principles of Connection, Creativity and Access.  SECC will be using our Zoom account as a “virtual art center” by hosting a series of free, interactive programs over the next few weeks as we all do our part to curb the pandemic by practicing “social distancing”.

As quarantines end, we are ramping down Virtual Art Center programming and no longer accepting submissions.  But please check the schedule to join in on our remaining summer programming!

Zoom Etiquette: Your microphone and video will be off when you enter the Zoom meeting. We encourage you to turn on your video for a more interactive experience (but feel free not to if you’re not comfortable). Please keep yourself muted when you’re not speaking. This helps keep the audio quality good. We may record demos and talks to share later. We will not record purely social or support group sessions.

PROGRAM SCHEDULE

Monday: “Teaching” Topics
Wednesday: “Talking” Topics
Friday: “Playing” Topics

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Calendar is in Eastern time—look below for more information on each event and specific times.

Wednesday, July 1, 2020
3-Part Series on Food Agriculture, Sustainability and Craft 
2 PM Pacific, 3 PM Mountain, 4 PM Central, 5 PM Eastern
Zoom Link:  https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87611286486

Sunday, July 5, 2020
Anti-racist Book Club: The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness, by Michelle Alexander
Meeting 1 of 3.  In this first meeting we will discuss the construct of whiteness and white privilege, what it means to be anti-racist and establish group agreements.  We recommend getting the book from a black owned and/or local bookstore, however the book is a little bit difficult to find right now so either you’ll want to order it soon, or get it as an audio book.
4:30 PM Pacific, 5:30 PM Mountain, 6:30 PM Central, 7:30 PM Eastern
RSVP required for the Zoom link.  We are asking white participants to donate at least $5 per meeting to an organization that supports black lives, the current uprising and/or, bail funds near you and provide us with a screenshot of their receipt by email. RSVP with receipt to teriframe@gmail.com. We will ask that you do about 30 minutes of pre-work before the first meeting.

Monday, July 6, 2020
Teri Frame: Ongoing Educator Support Group
Continued Support Group for Educators
1:30 PM Pacific, 2:30 PM Mountain, 3:30 PM Central, 4:30 PM Eastern
Zoom Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83347016537

Wednesday, July 8, 2020
3-Part Series on Food Agriculture, Sustainability and Craft 
2 PM Pacific, 3 PM Mountain, 4 PM Central, 5 PM Eastern
Zoom Link:  https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87611286486

Monday, July 13, 2020
Teri Frame: Ongoing Educator Support Group
Continued Support Group for Educators
1:30 PM Pacific, 2:30 PM Mountain, 3:30 PM Central, 4:30 PM Eastern
Zoom Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83347016537

Roshan Ganu
Making Miniature Footwear: Kolhapuri Chappals (Indian flip-flops)
5 PM Pacific, 6 PM Mountain, 7 PM Central, 8 PM Eastern
Zoom Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82816692736

Monday, July 20, 2020
Teri Frame: Ongoing Educator Support Group
Continued Support Group for Educators
1:30 PM Pacific, 2:30 PM Mountain, 3:30 PM Central, 4:30 PM Eastern
Zoom Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83347016537

Sunday, July 26, 2020
Anti-racist Book Club: The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness, by Michelle Alexander
Meeting 2 of 3.  In this meeting we will discuss the first half of the book.  We’ll provide some prompts before the meeting but feel free to bring any thoughts or highlights to share. 
4:30 PM Pacific, 5:30 PM Mountain, 6:30 PM Central, 7:30 PM Eastern
RSVP required for the Zoom link.  We are asking white participants to donate at least $5 per meeting to an organization that supports black lives, the current uprising and/or bail funds near you and provide us with a screenshot of their receipt by email.  RSVP with receipt to teriframe@gmail.com.  We may ask that you do about 30 minutes of pre-work before the first meeting.

Monday, July 27, 2020
Teri Frame: Ongoing Educator Support Group
Continued Support Group for Educators
1:30 PM Pacific, 2:30 PM Mountain, 3:30 PM Central, 4:30 PM Eastern
Zoom Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83347016537

Sunday, August 16, 2020
Anti-racist Book Club: The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness, by Michelle Alexander
Meeting 3 of 3.  In this meeting we will discuss the second half of the book.  We’ll provide some prompts before the meeting but feel free to bring any thoughts or highlights to share. 
4:30 PM Pacific, 5:30 PM Mountain, 6:30 PM Central, 7:30 PM Eastern
RSVP required for the Zoom link.  We are asking white participants to donate at least $5 per meeting to an organization that supports black lives, the current uprising and/or bail funds near you and provide us with a screenshot of their receipt by email.  RSVP with receipt to teriframe@gmail.com.  We may ask that you do about 30 minutes of pre-work before the first meeting.

Past events:

Monday, June 29, 2020
Tsehai Johnson: Patterns of Rejection
This presentation will explore micro foraging for extremely local sources for food and herbal medicine.
YouTube Video coming soon.

Wednesday, June 24, 2020
Agriculture, Craft, and Food Justice: 3 Part Series 
Perennial Practice with Aubrey Streit Krug of The Land Institute
What lies at the intersections of perenniality in agriculture, craft, and social justice? How can the idea and understanding of a developed practice guide us? What is the value and potential for applying the tenents of “perennial practice” to our understanding of the ecosphere and the artist’s role within it? This interactive session will be led by The Land Institute’s Ecosphere Studies Director, Aubrey Streit Krug, and artist, Casey Whittier. Founded as a nonprofit organization in 1976, The Land Institute is committed to researching and developing food production methods that sustain the land and soil, a precious resource in an increasingly precarious state around the globe. Ecosphere Studies investigates what we need to learn and remember if we are to create good human futures, nourishing people’s minds, hearts, and bodies. Building upon the first Perennial Practice video series (available during the session or here: https://landinstitute.org/learn/video-audio-library/), participants will have the opportunity to expand upon concepts in perennial agriculture and how they apply to creative practices, craft, and food justice. This session will be interactive and collaborative and is open to all – no prior knowledge or experience necessary.
YouTube Video coming soon.

Monday, June 22, 2020
Lauren Karle
3D Color Theory: how our choices for surface enhance volume or visually flatten a 3D form.
YouTube Video coming soon.

Wednesday, June 17, 2020
ACC Forum Conversation Follow-Up.
The SECC will be hosting 3 public dialogues following each of the American Craft Council forum conversations.  These re-cap dialogues are open to the public and will allow continued conversation in a moderated format. Please join us to unpack and elaborate on these topics on the following dates:
Design solutions for a resilient and equitable craft economy: 
YouTube Video coming soon.

Wednesday, June 10, 2020
MC Baumstark: White Feminism and Craftivism
A discussion of the history of the two and a live Q and A for emerging craftivists!
(This workshop is intended for white ladies.  Artists of color are welcome, but may encounter…white ladies.)
YouTube Video coming soon.

Monday, June 8, 2020
Joshua Woof: Slip-Casting Solutions: Learn expert techniques to the slip-casting process and problem solving.
YouTube Video coming soon.

Wednesday May 20, 2020
ACC Forum Conversation Follow-Up.
The SECC will be hosting 3 public dialogues following each of the American Craft Council forum conversations.  These re-cap dialogues are open to the public and will allow continued conversation in a moderated format. Please join us to unpack and elaborate on these topics on the following dates:
Craft for care and well being:  YouTube Video coming soon.

Friday, May 15, 2020
Cathy Lu: Magic Brush Making
Learn how to make a paint brush with your own hair.
YouTube Video coming soon.

Wednesday, May 13, 2020
Cheyenne Chapman Rudolph: Where Are They Now? or Kondo-ing Your Collection
For those who make big work (installation, large-scale stuff, lots of projects), what do you do with it when the show is over? I want to know where these things live now, or even if they live. Were they scavenged for parts, sold off to a collector, donated to a museum, or currently housing rats while being stored in your attic or garage? How do you know when it’s time to break up with the work you made and move on?
YouTube Video coming soon.

Monday, May 11, 2020
Peter Jakubowski  : Watering Can Demonstration.
Create a ceramic watering can using your hands, a wine bottle and a wooden spoon.
YouTube Video coming soon.

Wednesday, May 6, 2020
Chanda Zea and nicole gugliotti: Support Group for Studio Managers and Techs in the Time of Covid
We’ve all been thrust into a new reality.  What does that mean for those of us managing now empty studios? Let’s chat it out.

Wednesday, April 29, 2020
Teri Frame: Continuing Support Group for Art Instructors Teaching Online
Ongoing support group for folks now teaching online. This program continued to take place most Mondays in May, June, and July.

Wednesday, April 22, 2020
Hard Things To Talk About: Artists and Depression
How does depression interfere or interact with creating? What happens when mental illness overlaps with being an artist? How do artists with depression cope? These are questions that’ll be up for discussion during this Clay Conversation. The aim is to develop a better understanding of and help those with mental illness in general and now as we go through and unfamiliar and uncertain time. Come join us in conversation with: Undine Brod, Jill Foote-Hutton, Seana Higgins, Michael Lorsung, Roberto Lugo, Mariko Paterson, and Alex Thullen.
YouTube Video coming soon.

Monday, April 20, 2020
Lauren Karle Demonstration Take 2
YouTube Video coming soon.

Friday, April 17, 2020
nicole gugliotti: Studio Happy Hour
For folks who might be getting reacquainted with their studios because of all this or if you’re already in your stooood and just need a drink (or a tea) let’s have some fun in our studios together.
YouTube Video coming soon.

Wednesday, April 15, 2020
Amber Ginsburg
Making: Adaptive Practices –  Round table conversation on what is working and what isn’t during this pandemic.
YouTube Video coming soon.

Monday, April 13, 2020
nicole gugliotti Money Chat
Let’s talk about Money, Stimulus, Unemployment and Student Loans.  I’m not an expert but I’ve been doing my best to stay on top as much as I can.  Come if you’ve got questions or if you’ve got info toshare.  Let’s figure some of this stuff out together.  If you make more than 75K I probably can’t help.
YouTube Video coming soon.

Friday, April 10, 2020
Jill Foote Hutton Reads
Jill Foote-Hutton and a puppet share a story.  She’ll also let us know where to find a spontaneously recorded, traditional, indigenous story about outwitting your enemies with the help of some good friends on YouTube. Great for kids!

Wednesday, April 8, 2020
Jeni Hansen: Support Group for art instructors teaching online
Most of us are now teaching art online and I want to offer a place where we can share in this struggle together.

Monday, April 6, 2020
Conversation with Michael Strand
Telling the story:  How to engage in ethical documentation in public engagement projects.
YouTube Video coming soon.

Friday April 3, 2020
Forrest Sincoff Gard
Time to Play!  TAKE 2
Let’s not forget the power of laughter, having fun, and just straight up playing. Join in for a participatory game (that everyone who zooms in can play) and a conversation about the importance of play.
YouTube Video coming soon.

Wednesday April 1, 2020
Conversation with Michael J Strand
Idea into Action:  Conversation that puts into question how the gatekeepers we assume are holding back our work.
YouTube Video coming soon.

Monday, March 30, 2020
Sock Puppet Storytelling – with e. shafkind
Join artist and educator Erin Shafkind for a workshop on simple storytelling methods. Using guided structures Erin will help you tell a story in an entertaining and fun way. Whether using socks, other household items, or drawn into a comic, everyone has stories to share and we’re excited to hear them. We’re looking forward to opening our Virtual Classroom and participants may have the opportunity to present stories live.  All ages and levels welcome.
YouTube Video coming soon.

Friday, March 27, 2020
Forrest Sincoff Gard
Time to Play! Let’s not forget the power of laughter, having fun, and just straight up playing. Join in for a participatory game (that everyone who zooms in can play) and a conversation about the importance of play.
YouTube Video coming soon.

Wednesday, March 25, 2020
Anna Metcalfe and Casey Whittier
Anna and Casey will be sharing a favorite cup and beverage and talking about the role that cups have played in their studio work and lives. Reach into your cupboards, find a cup, fill it with something you love and join in! We want to see and hear from you about what’s in your cupboards and why you love them. All ages welcome in this discussion.
YouTube Video coming soon.

Monday, March 23, 2020
Lauren Karle Demonstration
YouTube Video coming soon.