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Professional Development Workshops

Tualatin Valley Creates offers opportunities for artists and arts organizations to grow their skills and knowledge through professional development workshops.

Registration is now open for programs in this year’s Creative Impact Workshop Series, which is produced by a partnership of the City of Beaverton Arts Program, City of Hillsboro Cultural Arts Division, and Tualatin Valley Creates.

Check out the information below for more details.

2019 Creative Impact Workshop Series

Upcoming Workshops

Advancing Your Image: Photographing Your Artwork

Good photos of your artwork make your website and applications to shows shine. Let photographer Rick Paulson take you on a two hour guided tour to show you best practices when photographing your artwork. 

Tuesday, October 22, 4:00 – 6:00 pm 

Walters Cultural Art Center, 527 E Main St, Hillsboro, OR 97123


QuickBooks Made Easy: 3-Day Webinar Series for Nonprofits

Tualatin Valley Creates is excited to partner with QuickBooks® Made Easy™ to offer a 3-day webinar series for Washington County service providers, artists, non-profit organizations and residents.

Since 2000, QuickBooks® Made Easy™ has been teaching QuickBooks® seminars around the country for various groups, conducting webinars, and offering industry specific training. Gregg S. Bossen, CPA, the nation’s leading expert for Nonprofits that use QuickBooks®, will teach this course. In total, QuickBooks® Made Easy™ has taught over 3,500 seminars to more than 55,000 students.

There are two options for QuickBooks users: online or desktop:

The online course will take place from November 19-November 21, from 11:00am-1:00pm PST each day.

The desktop course will take place from November 12-November 14, from 11:00am-1:00pm PST each day.

TVC is helping make this workshop accessible by offering discounts: $20 off earlybird coupon (CWSearlybird), $100 off coupon (Code CWS2020) for the first 10 people to register, and $75 off coupon (Code CWS202075) for the following 10 people to register!*

*Coupon codes will no longer be valid after all 20 discounts have been applied. 

Day 1: The material will cover the basics of setting up and entering transactions specifically for Nonprofits, an overview of the software updates included in the QuickBooks® 2018 as well as advanced topics including:

  • Welcome to QuickBooks – The different choices and which version is right for you.
  • What’s new in version 2018 that you may need.
  • Getting used to the screens and navigating around.
  • A lesson in accounting QuickBooks style!
  • Setting up the correct Accounts.
  • Entering Your Programs.
  • Adding Your Annual Budget.
  • Cutting and Pasting from Excel into QuickBooks
  • Entering Your Donors, Members or Students.

Day 2: This section will cover advanced material to really help you do some helpful things:

  • Entering Your Income – Two Methods.
  • Entering Donations and Grants.
  • Entering Membership Dues and Tuition.
  • Entering Program Service Revenue.
  • How to get the most out of Items.
  • Entering and Paying Bills.
  • Spreading Costs to Programs/Grants.
  • Essential Reports for the Board/Auditor.
  • Attaching Scan Documents for free.

Day 3: This section will cover advanced material to help you do even more amazing things:

  • Entering Credit Card activity.
  • Tracking Pledges.
  • Tracking Restricted Grants.
  • Tracking Special Fundraising Events.
  • Printing personalized Donor Thank-You Letters directly from QuickBooks®.
  • Two Ways to get year-end donor-Acknowledgements.
  • Recording In-Kind Contributions.
  • Advanced method of Auto-Allocating Expenses to Programs/Grants.
  • And More!

Topics are subject to change.

Earn CPE Credits! 6.0 Credits for all 3 days! (2.0 each day)

Washington County Grants Panel

Join representatives from Arts funders for this free panel discussion to learn about local grant opportunities specifically for arts and culture programming in Washington County. Determine which opportunities fit best with your organization and its programs, and get the chance to talk face-to-face with grant makers that can answer all of your questions.

January 16, 2020, 4:00-6:00 pm 

Brookwood Library, Event Room, 2850 NE Brookwood Pkwy, Hillsboro, OR 97124

Please register. FREE to attend.

Best Practices for Board Engagement

James Lussier to host a 1-day workshop on effectively defining best practices for board engagement.

Board Governance and the Effective Board/Executive Partnership Board Members and organizational executives will understand the principles of effective board governance, how it is a pre-requisite and compliments a highly functional management team; what needs to be developed at both the governance and management levels to guide organizational performance; and how to implement and effective approach and then measure its contribution to meeting the organization’s purpose and desired ends.

1. Introduction and Overview of Goals
2. Importance of an Effective & Proactive Approach to Governance
3. General Concepts and Practices of Governance
4. Board Policy Governance Model Concepts
5. Setting the Parameters of Effective Board Work (Important Policies)
6. Practical Steps to Pursue


February 8, 2020, 12:30-4:30pm

Washington County Museum, on PCC Rock Creek Campus, 17677 NW Springville Rd, Portland, OR 97229.

$35.00 registration fee. Parking fee not included.

The Lussier Center/TLC is focused on the quest for personal and organizational performance excellence through the development of governance and leadership that creates the future for their organizations.  James T. Lussier provides counsel and training to boards of directors and senior leadership on governance effectiveness, personal and organizational leadership development and the creation of optimum work environments.

The Lussier Center/TLC relies on a vast body of literature and experience in governance excellence including the experiences of past clients, The Carver Model of Policy Governance as promulgated by John Carver and Mariam Mayhew; the wonderful work of Jamie Orlikoff and Dennis Pointer and the American Governance & Leadership Group; The Governance Institute and many other resources.  All have contributed greatly to a contemporary body of knowledge directed toward the advancement of quality governance and the development of high performance boards of directors.

In addition, and probably of the greatest value and insight, Jim Lussier can call upon his own experience as a member of multiple governing boards and as a CEO and COO with 36 years experience.  His governance experience includes being a current member of five boards of directors and was a long-time member of the Board of Directors of St. Charles Health Systems (SCHS) where he was President/CEO for fifteen years until July 1, 2004 and as President Emeritus until 2006.  His past governmental board and commission experience include:


  • Chairperson and member of the board of Central Oregon Community College 
  • President and member of the Oregon State Board of Higher Education
  • Member of the Oregon Health Policy Commission


Mr. Lussier was selected as the 2013-14 Rotary District Governor for the region encompassing most of Oregon and Northern California and 73 Rotary Clubs. He is Currently the Curriculum Chair for Club President  Training for the Pacific NW. Jim is also currently an active member of the Volunteers of Medicine Clinic of the Cascades, the City Club of Central Oregon and past member of Facilities Guidelines Institute where he served as Chair of the Research & Development Committee.

Opening Doors to All Abilities: Adapting your Arts Programs for People with Disabilities

Inclusion of people with disabilities can seem overwhelming, but it doesn’t have to be. Come listen to FACT Oregon share how to incorporate inclusive practices into your organization. Then be inspired as the Oregon Children’s Theatre and Disability Arts and Culture Project share how they welcome people with disabilities. 

March 11, 2020, 4:00-6:00 pm 

Brookwood Library Event Room, 2850 NE Brookwood Pkwy, Hillsboro, OR 97124


5 Keys to Building a Career as an Artist

Join a Thursday evening cohort of artists meeting every other Thursday with solopreneur expert, Jackie Peterson.  Class will cover the following topics: developing a niche, identifying your target market, developing your unique value proposition, pricing, and marketing.  

Every other Thursday, April 2 – May 28, 5:00-7:00pm 

Walters Cultural Arts Center, 527 E Main St, Hillsboro, OR 97123

$100 for 5 classes, including workbook

Past Creative Impact Series Workshops

Participants received free access to a variety of services including accounting, financial and legal advice, translation services, photography and video tips, and more. They left with a professional headshot, 30-second elevator speech video, professional advice on pressing needs, and the confidence to go forth and make more art.

Representatives from the Hillsboro Arts & Culture Council, Cultural Coalition of Washington County, Regional Arts & Culture Council, Miller Foundation, and Precipice Fund participated in a free panel discussion to share their knowledge about local grant opportunities for arts and culture programming in Washington County.

A Beginner’s Guide to Crafting Your Best Grant Proposal

In this hands-on workshop, Gigi Rosenberg demonstrated how to play the matchmaking game with potential funders, enlist a team to help craft a proposal, follow-up with a funder and create a budget to make your application irresistible.

Research Resources for the Creative Industry

You may have compelling anecdotes that illustrate the impact of your work, but do you have the data to back it up? Participants in this interactive discovered how to infuse data into grant writing, appeal letters and more to show the value and necessity of their work.

Moving from Invitation to Engagement

We all start from a place of wanting to share our creative work with a broader audience, but does inviting diverse audiences truly make everyone feel welcome?  In this session participants heard first-hand accounts of what has made people of color and marginalized groups feel truly welcome or unwelcome at arts events.