“...a willingness to pay good attention (the best kind of currency) to what really matters...”
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Cor Art Classes
Workshops for the Human Spirit
Poetry and Mail Art Workshops begin October 4 & 5. Full class list:

Photo credit: Barbara Parmet. Photos from pre-COVID programming.

Words to Engage Good Trouble— a Poetry Workshop

Taught by Rick Benjamin

In this workshop we will work with and through the good trouble (John Lewis’s words & concept) a wisdom-medium like poetry has the potential to activate (spiritually, politically, emotionally, among other frequencies). We will work together to bear witness to what is happening around us both in our own lives and in the non-human, ecological ones we live next to, in relationship to, or at a distance from, and to advance our thinking about our (the sentient world’s) mutual predicaments. Some opening aspirations of my own, to which we will add yours, include cultivating a welcoming, encouraging and rigorous workshop community; a commitment to focus and concentrate our feedback on any individual’s work as if it belongs to all of us; & a willingness to pay good attention (the best kind of currency) to what really matters in a time of mutual losses, upheaval, opportunities for social justice and the establishment of unprecedented relationships en extremity. Participants can expect weekly, ritualistic prompting through other poems and poets designed to spur their own creative process, as well as a highly productive workshop in which they will produce at least twelve poems in six weeks (yes, an ambitious number, but one which takes into account both "fast and loose" and "simmering" in equal measure; I will explain this—promise!).

Monday nights, 5:30pm-7:30pm, October 5 - November 9 (6 classes total). 
$120 (class fees discounted for all, scholarships available)
Form: Online 
Ages 18 and up
14 participants max

For more information e-mail Rick Benjamin at

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Photo credit: Barbara Parmet. Photos from pre-COVID programming.

Sharing Peace and Joy:
A Workshop in Postcards, Paper, Envelope Art, and More

Taught by Judy Nilsen

This workshop will be useful in building skills to find calming, inner peace which can then be shared with others. Using P.E.A.C.E. as an outline and simple materials of paper, scissors, and glue it will be possible to discover creative ways to share your individual voice with others that you know or maybe do not know in the community. 

P.E.A.C.E. equals PAPER, ENVELOPES, ADVERTISEMENTS, COLLAGE, EXCHANGE. Each class session will focus on techniques to create cards,  postcards, envelope art, surprise boxes or bags, and a group installation. 

This is an opportunity to use this new found time at home to learn some new skills to connect with others. While working with materials that are in the house or easily found outdoors the worries of the outside world fade. The joy of creating has a calming effect. Then sharing the creation brings joy to both the giver and the receiver.

Time: (6 weeks) Sunday afternoons. 1-2:30. Starting October 4th.
$120 (class fees discounted for all, scholarships available)
10 Participants Max
Location: Online

For more information e-mail Judy Nilsen at

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More About the Program: 

We are offering in this third pilot of an arts residency teaching program a response to the difficulty of the last few months. These classes offer a place to feel human in a surreal time. They are an opportunity to renew, to refresh, to process, to feel some playfulness and freedom, and to learn skills helpful in these changing times.

Classes will take place online, or in some cases outdoors in small groups. Thanks to generous support from the Eichholz Foundation and Dana White, class fees are discounted for all, and scholarships are also available.

This program is set up with working adults in mind, especially in the service and helping professions. Medical professionals, teachers, bus drivers, nonprofit employees, social workers, firefighters, daycare workers, restaurant servers, and others in all walks of life. But these classes are really for all of us. We are all going through this.

Find out more, see the full class list, sign up for a class, apply for a scholarship, at​​​
Special thanks to the Eichholz Foundation and to Dana White for their support to develop this program and provide scholarship funds. 

Comments from previous class participants:

  • “I felt truly stretched... it was amazing to feel myself growing in the process and seeing how other class members were growing in leaps and bounds.”
  • “Wonderful project which inspires art and community connection. It is a gift to listen to other peoples’ stories, to learn from experts in town, and be a part of community work.”
  • “This was a community building experience for each of us. Phenomenal.”
Photo credit: Barbara Parmet. Photos from pre-COVID rounds of classes.
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