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Workshops to expand your toolkit.

Past Workshops

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Class: Mahjong Tea Party-Tea and Family Mahjong and Collapsible Lantern Demo
Instructor: Anika Hsiung Schneider
When:  Saturday, April 27, 2024, 1-5pm

Party-goers will enjoy Chinese tea and learn how to play mahjong with Anika's handmade tile sets. Mahjong with a fun twist, depending on what Anika's grandma allows! What grandma says goes! This event will include a demo of building a collapsible Chinese lantern from 4 pm to 5 pm.


Anika Hsiung Schneider is a narrative artist who draws on lived experiences, memories, and family history. With an Asian Mixed female identity, she resides in a highly racialized body that also exists in a liminal state. This connection to a liminal state of being closely connects her work to themes of loss, transitional spaces, and visualizing the intangible. Anika received her MFA from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design (MCAD). She serves as the Director of Exhibitions and Artist Programs at Minnesota Center for Book Arts and adjunct faculty at MCAD. Anika’s work has been exhibited nationally at galleries such as Soo Visual Arts Center, Rosalux Gallery, Gallery B St Paul, Circle Gallery, Visarts, Dumbarton Concert Gallery, and Glen Echo Park Partnership for Arts and Culture. Anika has also participated in residencies in Wolfsville, Nova Scotia, and Solomons Island, Maryland. She has also been awarded a Windgate University Fellowship, Gettysburg College Provost Grant, and the InCahoots residency Boost Prize full grant.


"Anika Schneider is a fiscal year 2023 recipient of a Creative Support for Individuals grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board. This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund."


Class: Financial Planning for Artists
Instructor: Caitlin Berry and Isaac Bolger
When:  Wednesday, May 22th, 2024, 5-7pm

Practice financial planning skills for your personal life and your art practice. Topics include budgeting for variable income, understanding personal values and applying them to financial planning. Acquire tools to build a better financial relationship, discover financial resources, create an action plan and explore how you prioritize financial decisions. Bring questions, enthusiasm, and curiosity!

Caitlin Berry is a financial advisor at Thrivent Financial based in Minneapolis. She holds her Series 7 and 66 Investment Adviser Representative designations and is a state Life, Health, and Accident insurance producer. Caitlin also has a BFA from the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, CA. She previously worked for 10 years in commercial illustration, primarily in textile and surface design. She continues her studio art practice while providing financial services for clients in MN and CA.

Isaac Bolger is a financial advisor at Thrivent Financial. He is based in Minneapolis and works with clients in the metro area. Isaac holds his Series 7 and 66 Investment Adviser Representative designations and is a state Life, Health, and Accident insurance producer. Isaac also has an MA from the College of Education and Human Development at the University of Minnesota and an Executive MBA. He worked for 11 years in Higher Education, primarily in North Africa and Europe. He lives in East Isles and enjoys taking his nine-year-old, Adam, to Triangle Park.


Class: Book of Textures 
Instructor: Ivonne Yáñez
When:  Thursday, October 12th, 2023, 6-8pm

Experiment with a variety of materials and compose them into a book with interdisciplinary artist, Ivonne Yáñez. Participants will navigate through different surfaces ranging from textiles to drawing and painting, collecting all of them in a pre-made book. During this workshop, the exploration of concepts will be based on surface, skin, camouflage, and topography.

Workshops are free for members, and we never want cost to be a barrier. If this applies to you, email 


Class: Thinking In Space
Instructor: Alison Hiltner and Prerna
When:  Saturday, August 26, 2023, Noon-2pm

Ever feel overwhelmed about tackling how to have your work occupy a space successfully?  Alison Hiltner and Prerna will share their problem-solving processes with you, AND they’ll invite everyone that signs up for the workshop to share a specific installation challenge you have with your practice, and they’ll help you solve it during the workshop. Everyone will have an opportunity to share, and each problem will be a part of the learning process of this workshop. Bring images, videos, or drawings to help Alison and Prerna understand the problem they are trying to solve--and hopefully solve it in the most entertaining way possible!


Class: Curating Outside the System
Instructor: Sophia Abrams and Kehayr Brown-Ransow
When:  Sunday, July 16, 2023, Noon-2pm

Sophia Abrams will be in conversation with Kehayr Brown-Ransaw on alternative curatorial methods. While traditional modes of curation are understood to be tied to museum and gallery spaces, this workshop focuses on the importance of reimagining and curating exhibitions in nontraditional spaces. Examples of topics explored in the workshop include: how to start curating, how to find grants, how to select artists, and how to find an exhibition space. This workshop is intended for beginning curators or people who are interested in curatorial work.


Class: The Center of Photography for Non-Photographers (CPNP):

How To Pose Yourself, Friends, and Family for Good Photos

Instructor: Trina Fernandez
When:  Thursday, June 22nd, 2023, 6-8pm

Do you think every photo of yourself is terrible?

Have a hard time wrangling your kids for family photos? Want to up your selfie game?


Photographer and artist Trina Fernandez presents The Center of Photography for Non-Photographers (CPNP), a series of interactive and socially aware workshops for photographers of the 21st century.

Learn how to pose for and take flattering images everyone can feel good about. Use your mobile phone, camera, or whatever image-making tools you want -or come by and learn how to pose for better photos; technology is not necessary.

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