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Professional Development Workshops

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

For 2019, we are partnering with the Hillsboro Cultural Arts Division and the Beaverton Arts Program to offer the Creative Impact Workshop Series which will offer a wide variety of professional development opportunities for artists and people in the creative industries.

Check out the information below for more details.

2019 Creative Impact Workshop Series

Upcoming Workshops in the Creative Impact Series

Arts Advice: A Day of Pro-Bono Consulting

This is a one-stop-shop for all the professional services an artist and cultural nonprofit organization needs to thrive. Get free access to a variety of services including accounting, financial and legal advice, translation services, photography and video tips, and more. Leave with a professional headshot, 30-second elevator speech video, professional advice on your most pressing needs, and the confidence to go forth and make more art.  Spaces are limited for each consultant, so applications are required.  Applications will be available online April 1, 2019.


Sunday, 6/2  All Day

Walters Cultural Arts Center

Free, but application required

Past Workshops in the Creative Impact Series

Washington County Arts & Culture Grants Panel

Join representatives from the Hillsboro Arts & Culture Council, Cultural Coalition of Washington County, Regional Arts & Culture Council, Miller Foundation, and Precipice Fund 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.

Wednesday, 1/16 4 – 6 pm

Brookwood Library Community Room

Free, but rsvp requested

Fund Your Creative Project: Grant Writing for Artists

A Beginner’s Guide to Crafting Your Best Grant Proposal

In this hands-on workshop, Gigi Rosenberg demonstrates 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 that makes your application irresistible. You will leave the workshop ready to write a rough draft of your next grant application and a copy of Rosenberg’s book The Artist’s Guide to Grant Writing in hand.

Materials required: Please bring a personal laptop or tablet that is WiFi enabled.

Saturday, 1/26 and 2/9,  10 am – noon

Beaverton Building

$45 for both sessions

Using Data To Tell Your Story

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? Discover tips and tricks at this interactive workshop to infuse data into your story. Use hard numbers and current research to show why your work is necessary and valuable. The strategies discussed will help you find greater success in grant writing, appeal letters, and more.


Saturday, 3/16, 1 pm – 4 pm

Tualatin Hills Nature Center


Welcoming Diverse Audiences

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 youll hear first-hand accounts of what has made people of color and marginalized groups feel truly welcomeor unwelcome at arts events. Following a panel of first hand experiences, Sharifa Johka of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival will share concrete examples of how the Shakespeare Festival is addressing equity to become a more inclusive cultural organization.

Tuesday, 4/2, 5 pm – 7pm

Hillsboro Brookwood Library


Thank you to the Regional Arts & Culture Council for sponsoring this workshop.

Kickstart Your Community Mural! ***CANCELLED DUE TO LOW ENROLLMENT***

A Soup to Nuts Guide on How to Plan and Create a Mural in the Public Realm

This 3-hour instructional workshop will be led by Public Art Administrator Laura Elizabeth Becker who will share tools and insights for how to plan for and pay for a mural, find an artist to create it, engage and involve the community, and then coach you through the logistics of making it happen. This workshop will include a walking tour of community-based murals in the Old Town area of Beaverton. If you have ever wanted to create a mural in your neighborhood, this will empower and educate you to do just that!

Saturday,  5/4, 10 am – 1 pm

Beaverton Library – Room B