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Peter Nesbett, the Washington Project for the Arts (WPA)
December 16th
Free and open to the public

Artists & Makers Studios 2
12276 Wilkins Ave. Rockville, MD. 20852

Peter Nesbett – In and Of: Washington Project for the Arts and the Local Scene

For more than forty years, WPA has played a leading role in the District’s art scene, presenting experimental work by local artists in the context of contemporary art from elsewhere. Managing the balance between the local and non-local has long been one of the organization’s great challenges. Going totally local severs the organization from its founding ethos while an over-emphasis on imported talent can be misunderstood as a lack of faith in the local scene.

When WPA hired Peter Nesbett as its twelfth director in November 2015, it sent a clear signal that a dialogue between the two would be central to WPA’s future. In the early 2000s, Nesbett co-founded a Harlem-based alternative space that commissioned site-responsive work by artists living all over the world. He then went on to work as Deputy Director of Programs at the Pew Center for Arts & Heritage, encouraging Philadelphia arts organizations to think ambitiously and imaginatively about new programming possibilities.

When he arrived in DC in 2015, Nesbett’s first priority was to interview more than a 100 local artists to gain an understanding of the city’s cultural landscape. The conversations were revealing (for example, few of the artists said they had chosen DC for cultural reasons) and he has since worked closely with WPA staff, the board, and the artists to chart a new strategic direction for the WPA.

This new, still-evolving vision puts artists’ interests front and center, but not necessarily in ways that one would expect. In this talk, Nesbett will discuss WPA’s past, the results of WPA’s ongoing research into the local art scene, and what he sees as the role for local artists in WPA’s future.

There will be time for Q & A for attendees and we encourage you to bring your business cards for networking and a snack to share.

Email Kristin at manager@artistsandmakersstudios.com

Previous Salon conversations
From early on we had tremendous interest and artists soon were inviting friends to join us for monthly get-togethers. Salon has run non-stop since its inception, and we have had an amazing roster of guest speakers, many of whom are friends and colleagues of ours. They speak for free, and give of their knowledge with a presentation and Q&A session. This simple formula has worked like a charm, providing outstanding content, respecting the speakers and making guests feel welcome in a nurturing space for learning and growth.

A Sampling of Previous Speakers and Topics
Tracy Wahl – Using Podcasts to Tell Your Story
The Accidental Gallerist – Susan Calloway
Robin Moore, Artist’s Estates
Melissa Ichiuji, Guise and Dolls
Beth Vosoba, The Lavender Fields of Provence
Barbara Januszkiewicz, 
The Value of the Arts
Elizabeth Carberry, ArtSee
Shanti Norris, The Healing Power of the Arts

Rachel Baron & Pat McMahon, Old Town Editions: Fine Art Printing
Francie Hester, Artistic Collaborations – Can they Really Work?
Lisa Gold, Washington Project for the Arts
Bryan Davis, Video is Now

Sean Hennessey, Surviving and Thriving as a Full-Time Artist
Todd Baxter Dawson, Effectively Using Social Media
Lenny Campello, Daily Campello Art News
Carolyn Edlund, ArtsyShark Founder
Melanie Spring, Live Your Brand
Jan Fox – The Art of Communicating
Betsy Greer – Author of Craftivism
Isabel Manalo – The Studio Visit
First Impressions
Best and Worst PR Stories in Five Minutes or Less
Lesley Riley – Publishing, Teaching and Sales Exposure
Seth Apter, Author of The Pulse of Mixed Media
Grants Process
Social Media
Sales Opportunities for Emerging Artists
Gender Roles and Art
Joey Manlapaz – The Creative Process and Getting Past Blocks
Jodi Walsh – Overview of 12 Step Program for Artists
Maire McArdle – Founding Art Director for Bethesda Magazine – Working with Publishers
Suzan Jenkins – The State of the Arts in Montgomery County
Kate Kretz – Art Basel
Megan Drop Peritore – Submitting Proposals to Non-Commercial Spaces
Alternative Framing Substrates
Stacy Sklaver – Corporate Art Consulting
Giclee Printing
Carolyn Edlund – 10 Biggest Mistakes Artists Make When Selling Their Work
The Art of the Recycled
The Art of Critique

Do you have a great idea for a speaker or topic?  Do you have an amazing presentation or niche expertise that you would like to share?  Get in touch with us!  We are always looking for new ideas and more speakers to share with the groups in Maryland and Virginia.

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