Monday, January 23, 2012

Simple Ways to Reprioritize Your Life, Structure Your Time, & Create Mindfulness

I just read this wonderful post on the Harvard Business Review blog-one of my favorites.  Take a moment today to read this.  It is a brief, but fantastic guide on how to accomplish more of what you want and need to do to actually accomplish something with your life.  I'm teaching a workshop this evening entitled Setting Goals & Gaining Focus.  Looking forward to sharing this article with my students.

Friday, January 13, 2012

I'm pleased to announce that the Jamaica Plain Arts Council, in conjunction with Boston Handmade and Alternate Currents, is hosting a year-round workshop series entitled Focusing Your Art Career.  There are fifteen workshops in all, scheduled for either Monday evenings from 6:30-8:30pm or Wednesday afternoons from 1-3pm. The location will be determined by the number of participants, but all will be along Centre Street in Jamaica Plain, easily accessible by public transportation, with convenient parking.

The first in the series is Setting Goals & Gaining Focus.  A means for getting your year off to the right start, this workshop will cover how to organize your plans and create mindfulness around your journey to the next level.  While the workshop is aimed toward creative entrepreneurs, just about anyone could benefit from attending. 

Three instructors, Anna Koon (me!), Jessica Burko, and Scott Cipolla will be sharing their experience and skills.  Here is more about them.

Anna Koon:  For almost twenty years Anna has lived and worked in Jamaica Plain.  In addition to exhibiting and selling her artwork on a continual basis, she is a board member and educator for the Jamaica Plain Arts Council.  Through Creative Coaching she offers principled guidance and practical assistance to artists and creative entrepreneurs.  Anna also supports her community in her work as a small business consultant.  She has a BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design, with additional studies at The Atlanta College of Art, and the Photography School of France.
Jessica Burko: Jessica is a professional artist, independent curator and the Executive Director of Boston Handmade.  She is the Principle of Burko Design, offering services to artists and arts organizations to help them achieve their professional goals.  Beyond exhibiting, selling, and promoting her own artwork she has worked in the arts industry as a professional Arts Marketer since 1997. She has a BFA in Photography from the Rhode Island School of Design, and her MFA in Imaging Arts & Sciences from the Rochester Institute of Technology

Scott Cipolla: Since 2004 she has served as Director of Alternate Currents, a platform developed to bring together contemporary artists from Boston’s diverse neighborhoods and represent them as a whole; encouraging networking and communication between these talented groups through promotional events and curated exhibitions. Since receiving her BFA in painting from Boston University, she has employed her talent for design and marketing through websites, printed materials and event planning. A former gallery owner, Scott currently assists the Education Department at the Peabody Museum of Harvard University.

You can also read more about the Focusing Series at the Boston Handmade blog:

All workshops are $30.  Register for three or more at a time and get 15% off.  Registration runs until the day before each scheduled workshop.  For the full catalogue, visit the Workshop Schedule pdf on

You can register by contacting Anna Koon. or 617-955-3472
Make this the year to get your art career on the right track!