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New Genres Workshop

Performance Action with Life Ring at Jefferson Memorial, Washington, D.C., Katie Kehoe

I'm giving a New Genres workshop @VisArts this Saturday, July 22 from 10:30-4:30pm

At times, one feels confined in their art practice, or unable to get beyond a certain point in order to create work that is new and interesting to them. It’s at these points, that there is in fact a wonderful potential for expanding our practice. In this workshop, I will challenge you to explore new genres by exploring the potential already present in your work and translating it in a different medium - we will celebrate the mistakes we make and use them as starting points to create new work in another medium you’re interested to explore. Artists working in any medium are invited to participate. Please bring an example of your work that fell short of what you hoped it would be or that you considered to be unsuccessful but still see something in it that interests you. There will be a one-hour break for lunch.

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Performance Action with Life Ring at Jefferson Memorial, Washington, D.C.

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Call for Participants!

Calling for people to participate in  a performance action! 
on SUNDAY, AUGUST 20th from 1PM to 3PM

For those who have your own life jacket, life ring, inner tube, body board, or any other flotation device, please bring it along. And for those without,Tidal Basin Paddle Boats has generously offered to lend life jackets to 10 participants!

As thanks for participating, ALL PARTICIPANTS WILL RECEIVE A COMPLIMENTARY 5x7 PHOTOGRAPH documenting the performance action, which will be mailed out after the documentation has been sorted and selections printed.

Participants are encouraged to dress comfortably and wear walking shoes. We will be walking at our own pace as a group and taking regular breaks. Light snacks will be provided.
Please message me directly for more information and/or to let me know you want to participate!
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