There’s no better time than at the start of the year to try something new. Lucky for you, there are a ton of ways to get “hands on” in Grand Center Arts District – whether it be through an experience, a workshop, or discovering new musical acts. Here’s some ideas to get your creative juices flowing!
With each exhibition, Pulitzer Arts Foundation hosts a variety of workshops and wellness activities to engage their art-savvy audience in a fresh, new way. This month, join them for a Paper Cutting Workshop with artist Sukanya Mani. Mani will teach intricate paper cutting techniques as participants look to memories and examples from their own lives as inspiration for creating three-dimensional paper sculptures. Later in the month, current exhibitions close with a conversation about the life and work of Zarina with Allegra Pesenti, Associate Director and Senior Curator at UCLA Grunwald Center for the Graphic Arts, and independent curator Sarah Burney.
The Contemporary Art Museum’s Spring exhibition series opens this month (on Jan. 17 to be exact) and with it, comes a new event roster that includes several hands-on workshops and activities. Two upcoming events that caught our eye are RE: Soul and Drawing from Observation. For RE: Soul, CAM’s 2020 DJ-in-Residence James Biko traces the history of soul music and contemporary sampling in an interactive spinning session inspired by the work of artist Liz Johnson Artur. For April’s Drawing from Observation, guests are invited to draw their own works inspired by the museum’s exhibitions. After a special tour, CAM provides all of your art supplies for you and you are invited to create freely.
For those who have made a New Year’s resolution to learn a new musical skill, KDHX’s Folk School classes will begin on January 20. Folk School offers small group classes for adults and teens of all experience levels, from complete beginner through advanced. Class options include Banjo Introduction, Classic Country Ensemble, Guitar, Music Theory, and more.
At the Arts & Education Council, resident Open Studio Network takes jazz education seriously, year-round. Designed to connect all levels of musicianship to a network of jazz artists across the globe, Open Studio is your digital connection to courses and flexible membership options. Browse your options by instrument, sign-up, and take courses from Grammy-winning masters of their craft – all in a few clicks.
The Fabulous Fox’s Fox Performing Arts Charitable Foundation is committed to bringing theatre to the forefront of creativity from an early age. This year, in addition to their Master Class programs for teens, FPACF has announced a new summer program: Next Stop Broadway. Next Stop Broadway consists of classes, workshops, and rehearsals focused on classic Broadway shows. Participants will be taught songs and choreography from two hit shows and also create presentations based on shows in the 2020-21 Fabulous Fox Theatre season.
Creative Reaction Lab focuses on equity-centered community design, and provides education, resources and opportunities for Black and Latinx youths. Each year, programs include options for both Youths and Institutions to ensure that means and location do not hinder anyone from receiving the opportunities they deserve. The Equity by Design Immersive Series connects Equity-Centered Community Design to inclusive and equitable outcomes. Creative Reaction Lab facilitators will guide participants through highly interactive activities, dialogue, planning, and reflection regarding power, identity, social equity, and community design. These sessions bring together youths from a variety of locations across America, including Atlanta, Chicago, and Baltimore.