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Teaching Artist Certificate student and award-winning muralist Katie Trainer didn't expect her new mural to gain the attention of the local news. Katie painted her mural on an empty storefront window on Cumberland Street in Lebanon, PA and says she "took the panic emotions from the corona virus and figured out a way to spread some good positive outlook." The mural gained popularity quicker than she ever expected - her mural gained over 700 likes in one weekend. Her mural was featured in two local papers - Leb Town and Lebanon Daily News - and on ABC 27 who is going to do a full story about her inspirational window paintings. Katie explains that the skills of artists and teaching artists are in high demand in this unprecedented time, as people are looking for positivity and an uplifting break from the news.
Katie says she didn't intend for this to be as big a campaign as it has become and now she is ready to use her craft to inspire her local community and beyond.
Katie has since started a fundraiser to paint more positivity and clean windows in the community.
The Art Alliance Writers’ Workshop is a place where emerging writers can hone their craft alongside talented faculty; earlier this year, poets participated in the workshop’s first poetry contest. The prize was awarded to Naz Bowman ’20 (Creative Writing) and Thea Brown, with Jaymie Hommel ’20 (Creative Writing) selected as an honorable mention.
The award celebrates the work of C.K. Williams this year and is presented in conjunction with Invisible City: Philadelphia and the Vernacular Avant-garde, which highlights the Philadelphia avante-garde scene from the 1950s through the ’70s. In the call for submission, poets were asked to gather inspiration from the upcoming Art Alliance exhibition of Williams’ writings, featuring his 1968 book of poetry A Day for Anne Frank.
We reached out to the poets about some of their other sources of inspiration. Brown’s winning submission is part of a larger manuscript called Loner Forensics, which she calls an “urban surrealist Spoon River Anthology that’s engaged with grief, utopia, institutional violence and love,” referring to Edgar Lee Masters’ 1914 work. Other influences for Brown included “Alice Notley’s The Descent of Alette, interactive fiction computer games from the late ’80s and parallel universes.”
For Bowman, music was a major influence on their work. “The way that lyrics in songs, even more so than lyric poetry, can create tiny holes into places without taking up much space, is something that I try to emulate,” they said. Bowman explained that the poem they submitted “was an attempt at taking the way music approximates things and turning [it] into a scroll or tab of thoughts throughout a day.”
In addition to a $100 prize and publication in an upcoming issue of Horsethief magazine, the prizewinners were given the opportunity to collaborate with Book Arts and Printmaking MFA students Sarah Moody and Sara Moose-Torres to design original letterpress broadsides of their poems. The broadsides will be displayed at The Art Alliance in early April.
Fake ice cream?! Professional food stylist Susan Ottaviano joined Continuing Education Social Media Marketing and Digital Photography certificate students in the UArts Makerspace and demonstrated how to make and style perfect fake ice cream.
By: Alisha Miranda
Overseeing digital projects and wrangling creative teams demand the right tools and techniques for delivering on-time, quality work. In my career, I’ve seen the most successful project teams be comprised of both creatives and non-creatives who collaborate and align on a belief that there is a better way to get the work done. Below is my playbook for team leads with helpful tips and lessons learned to achieving creative success. Bonus: if executed well, rewarding outcomes lay ahead not only for your internal teams, but your clients.
1. Choose collab sessions instead of meetings
The less meetings, the better. Excessive Meetings can be detrimental due to context switching, or when invitees are not actively engaged or aware of the objective or their roles. Instead of meetings, coordinate ideation or collaborative working sessions where creatives can connect on the task at hand.
Here are five guidelines for making creative ideation impactful:
Educate teams on key performance indicators during Creative kickoffs. How will Creative work be considered a success? What benchmarks or objectives must be met? What does it mean to be on brief?
Be open to problem solving. Ask: What creative blockers are there? What can we do right now? How can we simplify process?
Connect offline. Schedule walk and talks, mindful breaks, or brainstorming off–site. Sometimes a change of scenery renews energy and inspiration!
Write it down. Document important notes, recaps, decisions during critical discussion points. One way to do this is to communicate early and often and be transparent about the creative work-in-progress.
Ask if a session was productive at the end. If Creatives can handle doing the work without setup sessions or meetings, give them the space to do so. If not, figure out another format where everyone is comfortable working together.
2. Standardize creative reviews
Once creatives feel good about executing