Yes, you can make a living as an artist. It takes a lot of work – and a little entrepreneurial savvy. The City of Tempe offers workshops designed specifically for artists. Each one has a unique topic, expert presenters, and will provide hands-on guidance that can be immediately used by artists in their practices. The workshops are free and open to all artists in the Valley.
Tempe Creatives workshops are provided based on the needs of the Tempe artist and creatives community. In the summer of 2017, the City of Tempe released a survey that was completed by 272 artists from multiple artistic fields. The survey focused on artist needs and interests for Arts Entrepreneurship Workshops.
The Tempe Creatives Cohort is for performance-based artists who are ready to advance their creative careers, and deepen their administrative skill sets. Artists who participate in the program will develop all aspects of their career through workshops, one-on-one mentorship, artistic support, project development, and financial support. Artists in the program will work towards creating a project that supports their long-term goals and activates Tempe through the inclusion of arts and cultural participation, celebrating diversity, building community connections, and/or supporting local artists.
2019-2020 Cohort Members
My name is Dominique Sir’ Charles Flagg. I was born April 14th 1992 in Los Angeles California. I am an entrepreneur, spoken word artist, and music producer. I work as a sound tech at a church in chandler, for local bands, and as an assistant engineer in studios around town. I enjoy photography, videography, reading, and watching how-to videos on Lynda.com or Youtube. I graduated from Arizona State in 2014 with a B.A in English Creative Writing and a minor in Philosophy. In 2017 I graduated from Mesa Community College with an Associate’s Degree for Audio Production Technologies. I am a published writer and I enjoy working with others, giving back, and creating opportunities. Artist Website
Paco José Madden is an activist/scholar/teacher/writer of Puerto Rican/Irish-German descent. He received an MFA in Dramatic Writing from Arizona State University and a BA in Drama from Catholic University of America. Paco’s play A Shakespeare Carol, which combines Dicken’s A Christmas Carol with the life and works of William Shakespeare, will be produced by the ASU Theatre and Shakespeare Club this fall. His play Rosemary’s Baby Goes to High School will be produced by Phoenix’s b3 in the spring of 2020. He has received numerous accolades for his creative endeavors including five D.C. Larry Neal Writer’s Awards. Paco’s aesthetic contravenes genre conventions, presents unlikely situations and scenarios, and empowers characters and issues rarely represented on stage. “I seek to write dramatic works that challenge the imagination of what’s possible,” he says, “and open artists and audiences alike to new ways of thinking and being.” Artist Website
Tanya Palit is a self-taught composer, musician and community organizer based in Tempe, AZ. She recently arrived from coastal Massachusetts, where she worked in the public health sector and played in local bands for more than a decade. In 2013, Tanya assembled the rock band Awaaz Do (Hindi/Urdu meaning “speak up”), who would go on to play major national stages on the east coast. Tanya has also performed, given music workshops, taken composer commissions and released solo recordings under Saraswathi Jones. She was a co-founder of the South Asian arts festival Hindierock Fest, an organizer with the community open mic Subcontinental Drift Boston, and a board member of Girls Rock Campaign Boston, a youth-centered feminist nonprofit. Tanya recently returned from Taos, New Mexico, where she was an artist-in-residence at the Helene Wurlitzer Foundation. Artist Website
Tiffany Velazquez's work with movement began at Yuma Ballet Academy where she studied the classical forms of ballet and contemporary. After high school, she had an opportunity to attend Utah Valley University. After her first year in Utah, she followed pursuit back to Arizona after loosing interest in conservatory models. At Arizona State University, she grew into finding a voice as an artist through the introduction of unfamiliar movement styles. As well as exploring various art mediums lead by professors with an array of art modalities. In spring 2018, she co-produced 'The Delight Manifesto' and presented her own work, ‘Nogitivity: ‘Heartbreak-Falling in Love’. This production was a full evening multi-media performance with original works by local dance performance artists at The Unexpected Gallery in Downtown Phoenix. This past summer of 2018 she had the opportunity to attend ‘American Dance Festival’; a six-week summer intensive at Duke University in North Carolina. At ADF, she honed her craft for movement choreography by entering work into the student performance and created a duet, "It's Not that Serious". In the same summer she also attended ‘Illadelphia: Legends’ a week long intensive solely focusing on urban dance forms. Professionally, she has performed with CONDER/dance at Beta Dance Festival, Phoenix Art Museum, and Tiny Dances. The Sizzle Series for [nueBOX] in a work by Felix El Cruz, JordanDanielsDance at Mesa Arts Center, Scottsdale Community College, and Breaking Ground, and Liliana Gomez for ArtDetour in Warehouse 215 at Bentley Projects and Park Central/Grand Opening. Tiffany is involved at Phoenix Center for the Arts where she teaches both youth and adult creative, ballet, and improvisatory classes. Artist Website
Planning Your Artistic Legacy Workshop
Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2018, 6 p.m.-7:30 p.m.
Artists for Change Vol. 2
Saturday, September 28, 2018, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.
Grants Process & Community-Minded Art
October 4, 2017, 6 p.m.-8 p.m.
Selling Your Work in Festivals & Stores
September 30, 2017, 9 a.m.-12 p.m.
The Ins & Outs of Public Art
September 23, 2017, 9 a.m.-12 p.m.
Getting Your Foot in the Door
September 20, 2017, 6 p.m.-8 p.m.