Three groups in Washington County are coming together to help the creative community during the coronavirus pandemic.
Tualatin Valley Creates, Hillsboro's Cultural Arts Division and Beaverton's Arts Program are putting together the Creative Impact Workshops, a series of professional development opportunities for Washington County artists and cultural organizations.
"We took surveys last year," explained Tualatin Valley Creates executive director Raziah Roushan, "and from that feedback, is how we came up with the topics this year."
The workshops include taxes and bookkeeping for creatives on Thursday, Nov. 12, and a Washington County grants panel for organizations on Jan. 14, 2021.
This season, all workshops will be offered virtually via Zoom.
In addition, these programs will be available to the community for free for the first time to support the arts and culture sector as COVID-19 continues.
"We hope that (online workshops) remove any kind of transportation barrier," said Roushan. "And clearly remove any economic barriers so that people can take advantage of this kind of learning opportunity."
To RSVP, participants will have to pay a $10 fee, but it is immediately refunded after they attend the workshop, added Roushan.
The workshop series will also feature a session to help teens choose a career in creative industries on Feb. 6, 2021.
Roushan says it's important for TVC to engage with various ages.
"This particular program is great for a sophomore, junior, or senior (in high school) or someone maybe just out of high school or community college age groups who are trying to find answers to other avenues in a creative career," she said.
The workshop series extends to next spring with a "How Art Can Heal You and Others" on March 11, 2021.
To register for the workshops, visit tinyurl.com/creativeimpactworkshops.
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