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Seeing It Through is a professional development workshop series for small business owners, fiction and stage writers, designers, photographers, visual artists, teaching artists, and filmmakers.

 

2015 SEEING IT THROUGH WORKSHOPS
 
Monday  |  June 29, 2015  |  5:00-6:00pm

Everything You Want To Know About Fiscal
Sponsorship
but Were too Afraid To Ask
with Eileen Newman, Executive Director
Center for Bronx Non-Profits

 

Hostos Community College

450 Grand Concourse, C-Building, 3rd floor, JFK Room

(located inside the main Hostos Dining Hall)

 

Prior to her appointment as the Executive Director of the Center for Bronx Nonprofits at Hostos’ Division of Continuing Education and Workforce Development, Ms. Eileen Newman was the Director of Community Engagement and Deputy Director at the Tribeca Film Institute.  She has worked in the non-profit sector her entire career.  Prior to joining the Tribeca Film Institute, Eileen served as the Executive Director of the National Board of Review and Film Video Arts. Eileen has held leadership positions at New Visions for Public Schools and the NYC Department of Education. Eileen was a Senior Adjunct Professor at Adelphi University for 13 years and has served on numerous non-profit boards. Flyer.

 

Admission is Free, but please RSVP.

Questions? Contact Sabrina at 718-931/9500 x22 or Sabrina@bronxarts.org.

 
Saturday  |  June 27, 2015  |  2:00-3:30pm

Audience Development Two-Part Workshop

Part 1: Defining and Targeting to Your Project’s Audience

Part 2: Using Social Media to Market Your Project
with Ron Kavanaugh

Morris Park Public Library

985 Morris Park Avenue  |  718-931-0636

 

Ron Kavanaugh is the social media coordinator for the Bronx Museum of the Arts as well as executive director of the Literary Freedom Project, a non-profit arts organization that supports the literary arts through education, creative thinking, and new media. At the Bronx Museum of the Arts  he manages the Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Vine, Tumblr, & Pinterest accounts. Flyer.

 

Admission is Free, but please RSVP.

Questions? Contact Sabrina at 718-931/9500 x22 or Sabrina@bronxarts.org.

 
Thursday  |  May 7, 2015
Don't miss these rare opportunities to boost your writing skills for professional and personal objectives with internationally-acclaimed authors. These workshops were created for the PEN World Voices international literary festival and are a collaboration between the Bronx Council on the Arts, the Bronx Museum of the Arts and the PEN American Center.
  |1:00-3:00pm

Writing Fiction from Memories
with Cuban-American novelist Chantel Acevedo

Bronx Museum of the Arts
1040 Grand Concourse at 165th Street  |  718-681-6000

Chantel Acevedo is the author of A Falling Star (Carolina Wren Press, 2014), winner of the Doris Bakwin Award; and Love and Ghost Letters (St. Martins, 2006), winner of the Latino International Book Award. She studied writing at the University of Miami with the late Lestor Goran.

She is currently an Associate Professor of English at Auburn University, Alabama, where she founded the Auburn Writers Conference and edits the Southern Humanities Review. Chantel will be sharing techniques and tips for fictionalizing memories into creative writing pieces.

Admission is free.

3:30-5:30pm

Finding One’s Voice in Writing
with Kenyan author Billy Kahora

Bronx Museum of the Arts
1040 Grand Concourse at 165th Street
  |  718-681-6000

This unique cultural workshop exchange will include conversations on the following:

  1. Choosing a Point of View - How to decide who (which narrator) tells the story?
  2. Deciding Content and Plotting - What story gets told?
  3. Picking Style - How the story gets told…

Billy Kahora lives and writes in Nairobi. His short fiction and creative non-fiction has appeared in Chimurenga, McSweeney’s, Granta Online, Internazionale, Vanity Fair and Kwani.

He has written a non-fiction novella titled The True Story of David Munyakei and was highly commended by the 2007 Caine Prize judges for his story Treadmill Love; his story Urban Zoning was shortlisted for the prize in 2012, The Gorilla’s Apprentice in 2014.

He wrote the screenplay for Soul Boy and co-wrote Nairobi Half Life. He is working on a novel titled The Applications. He is managing editor of Kwani Trust and has won many prizes.

Admission is free.

 
2014 SEEING IT THROUGH WORKSHOPS
   
Thursday  |  November 6, 2014  6:30-8:30pm

How to Launch a Successful Small Business in the Arts  |  BCA @ 2700
Aurora Anaya Cerda
Owner of La Casa Azul Bookstore

Aurora Anaya Cerda is a Bronx resident and owner of La Casa Azul Bookstore, as well as a champion for the promotion and marketing of books written by and about people-of-color—with an emphasis on Latino/Latina authors. La Casa Azul Bookstore also serves as a cultural arts center, providing ongoing children’s events and movie screenings, in addition to book and author presentations in East Harlem.

Aurora will explain how she, with very little money, founded one of the nation’s frontline bookstores devoted to the celebration of Latino/Latina literature. She will discuss how she maximized her social media-driven fundraising campaigns and how to use crowd-sourcing and crowd-funding strategies to raise seed monies. As a successful and relatively new bookseller (just two years in business), Aurora will have much to share with those who are looking to launch small businesses of their own.

Register for workshop here.

 
Friday  |  November 7, 2014  |  6:30-8:30pm

Professional Development Workshop for Emerging Writers  |  BCA @ 2700
Dahlma Llanos Figueroa
Author and BCA BRIO Winner

Dahlma Llanos Figueroa, BRIO winner for fiction, was born in Puerto Rico and raised in the South Bronx. Much of her storytelling is rooted in the oral traditions of Puerto Rico, where she spent time as a young girl, and stories passed down to her from her elders inspired her novel Daughters of the Stone (St Martin’s Press, 2009). Dahlma is a successful novelist who crossed the threshold from unpublished writer to an agented author whose debut novel was published by a prestigious New York publishing house.

She will share her writing tips, as well as her process and journey, shedding light on the process of refining a manuscript, soliciting an agent, and getting it published. Also discussed will be the author’s role in marketing and promotion of their book, how to leverage social media presence and in-house branding, and advice on how to get your book into bookstores and scheduling book presentations.

Register for workshop here.

 
Saturday  |  November 8, 2014  |  6:00-8:00pm  |  Session 1 of 2

Writing for the Stage  |  Session 1 of 2  |  Hostos Community College

450 Grand Concourse, Room C-391
Michael Mejías and María Elena Torres
Dramatic Question Theater

Michael Mejías (r.) is a literary agent with the world-renowned agency Writers House and is cofounder of the Dramatic Question Theater Company (DQT), which strives to produce works written and/or about marginalized voices at various Manhattan theaters. He is also a playwright and runs a reading series at DQT which focuses on experimental and risky plays and will be joined by María Elena Torres, the artistic director of DQT.

Michael and María will meet with the playwriting community to discuss how the theater business works from a professional off-Broadway point-of-view. They will address the steps necessary for getting stage plays ready for submission to workshop refinement and eventual production, by covering formatting and writing strategies.

 

Session 1:

  • How to Format a Play
    Discussing the format preferred by the TCG Dramatist Sourcebook;
  • Writing from an Informed Place
    How the play does not start on page one. A discussion on the seventeen other things that happened before the scene on the page;
  • The Formula for a Character
    How a character in a play is really a want + an obstacle + an action against said obstacle.

Register for workshop here.

 
Friday  |  November 14, 2014  |  6:30-8:30pm

On Photography, Visual Arts and Exhibiting  |  Longwood Art Gallery @ Hostos
Dani Cattan of En Foco and Artist Donna Diamond
moderated by Juanita Lanzo of BCA's Longwood Art Gallery @ Hostos

 

Dani Cattan (l.) is the Programs Director at En Foco, a non-profit organization that nurtures and supports contemporary fine art and documentary photographers of diverse cultures, primarily U.S. residents of Latino, African and Asian heritage, and Native Peoples of the Americas and the Pacific. Dani will discuss the importance of submission requirements and image quality, presenting a cohesive body of work, self-promotion, and how to contact galleries and submit your work for exhibitions.

Donna Diamond (r.) is an award-winning visual artist who regularly exhibits her work both nationally and abroad. She attended Boston University, received a BFA in sculpture, and has created art for books. Currently, she is working on a series of prints, drawings, and books. Donna is a New York City native and Bronx resident and will share tips and advice based on her success as a visual artist of growing renown and praise. She will present alongside Dani Cattan and will be of great value to the Bronx visual arts community.

Register for workshop here.

 
Saturday  |  November 15, 2014  | 6:00-8:00pm  |  Session 2 of 2


Writing for the Stage  |  Sessions 2 of 2  |  Longwood Art Gallery @ Hostos
Michael Mejías and María Elena Torre
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Dramatic Question Theater

Michael Mejías is a literary agent with the world-renowned agency Writers House and is cofounder of the Dramatic Question Theater Company (DQT), which strives to produce works written and/or about marginalized voices at various Manhattan theaters. He is also a playwright and runs a reading series at DQT which focuses on experimental and risky plays, and will be joined by María Elena Torres, the artistic director of DQT.

Michael and María will meet with the playwriting community to discuss how the theater business works from a professional off-Broadway point-of-view. They will explain the importance of writing and story technique for stage, the power of revisions, and how to finish and start soliciting your play upon completion.

 

Session 2:

  • The Middle/The Protagonist’s Transformation
    How events impact change in the protagonist's point-of-view;
  • The End
    How the ending often carries the message of the play;
  • Rewriting
    The reasons for rewriting;
  • Synopsis/Cover Letter
    What they are and how to write them.

Register for workshop here.

 
Thursday  |  November 20, 2014  |   6:30-8:30pm

Get Funding for Readings and Workshops!  |  BCA @ 2700
Bonnie Marcus
Poets & Writers Magazine

Bonnie Marcus is the East Coast director of readings and workshops for the esteemed Poets & Writers Magazine and will discuss how to apply for funding when conducting literary workshops and readings in New York City. She has a solid arts background in the theater and writing disciplines and was the recipient of the Louis Reyes Rivera Excellence Award for Educator Artists in 2014.

Poets & Writers’ work is rooted in the belief that literature is vital to sustaining a vibrant culture and focuses on nurturing literature’s source—creative writers. Its mission is to foster the professional development of poets and writers, to promote communication throughout the literary community, and to help create an environment in which literature can be appreciated by the widest possible public.

Register for workshop here.

 
Friday  |  November 21, 2014  |  7:00-9:00

Emerging Opportunities for Teaching Artists  |  BCA @ 2700

Milteri Tucker
Dancer/Choreographer, Teaching Artist

Milteri Tucker will be sharing the new and emerging field of opportunities for teaching artists. This introductory workshop will feature what this field entails, key concepts on pedagogical content knowledge, and its important role in community and educational settings. She will also advise attendees on ways to become a successful teaching artist in various educational and cultural settings—how to expand your workforce development tools as an artist to generate supplemental income.

 

Milteri is an award-winning artist, professional dancer, choreographer and dance educator. She holds degrees from Hunter College and is a graduate student of NYU. Milteri has performed in theater, film, and television, alongside hit Latin sensation Don Omar on the 2013 Latin Billboard Awards, and in leading roles in off-Broadway productions. She is the director of Bombazo Dance Company and was given a proclamation by Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. for her community work in dance and dance education.

Register for workshop here.

 
Saturday  |  November 22, 2014  |  5:00-7:00pm

On Making Films  |  BCA @ 2700
Mark Cabaroy
Filmmaker and BCA BRIO Winner

Mark Cabaroy has been making films for over twenty years. He has written, produced and directed over two dozen short films, music videos, and commercials, plus one feature under his iMark Films production company since founding it in 2000. His feature film Life’s Passing Me By was produced for less than $1,000 and has played at numerous festivals, where it’s won awards and critical praise. His short film Blindsided has been screened at over two dozen festivals in the US and abroad, where it has taken home numerous awards, including but not limited to, best drama and best director. He is currently at work on his sci-fi comedy web-series The Invaders.

Mark Cabaroy is a BRIO winner and will be clarifying the process of filmmaking, as well as the several promotional and branding steps filmmakers should take in order to get their work recognized and circulated at festivals and other distribution channels. He will outline his process from start to finish and will advise attendees on ways to raise the necessary funds to achieve these goals. Mark will be screening his work as an example of his award-winning process and will touch upon contractual and legal issues.

Register for workshop here.

 

This series is made possible with funding from the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs, NYS Council on the Arts, the Lambent Foundation Fund of Tides Foundation, Auchincloss Foundation, Inc., and NYC Council Members James Vacca, Andrew Cohen, Andy King and Melissa Mark-Viverito.

 

 

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