Conjure and Manifest: Building a Sustainable Artistic Practice
In this workshop students spend time investigating their artistic practice as a framework for promoting power, wellness, and creativity; and as a tangible means for disrupting oppressive systems. We spend time critically examining the philosophies and works of Black artists including including James Baldwin, Octavia Butler, and Nayyirah Waheed, in order to explore new visions for the artist as activist, as futurist and as spiritual healer. We then use a mixture of these ideas and our own along with meditation and mindfulness experiences to begin conjuring and manifesting intimate relationships with our art practice and ourselves. Participants will develop creative confidence, formulate game plans for success, and begin to find balance between the uncertainty and ultimate freedom that life as a creative can bring. A-lan Holt is a poet, playwright, and associate director at the Institute for Diversity in the Arts at Stanford University, where she develops curriculum exploring art practice, spiritual practice and social justice.