Beyond the Studio

Beyond the Studio

YSC and Tsai CITY present a series of talks, workshops, and discussions by artists whose practices move beyond the studio.

This season, we will be hosting a two day workshop on the topic of healing spaces. With the growing need for more therapeutic, spiritual, wellness, and restorative justice spaces, where do we begin to find our way in personal and collective healing? 

In this workshop, we will look deeply into our own creative practices to identify core values, explore ways to tell our stories, and strategize career paths that honor our whole selves. A guest Healer/Artist will guide our healing and artistic discussion and a guest Art Advisor will lead a workshop on storytelling and navigating creative career paths. 

During the workshop, participants are free to bring their whole selves, be vulnerable and open, and are expected to hold space for the concerns of others. We will collaborate on activities and final presentations on the topic of healing. 

10/15: Alice Sparkly Kat is a Queer, POC astrologer and the author of Postcolonial Astrology. They use astrology to re-chart a history of the subconscious, redefine the body in the world, and reimagine history as collective memory. Their astrological work has been showcased at MoMA, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Brooklyn Museum, and Hauser and Wirth Gallery. They're friendly, located in Brooklyn, and available for readings. They've been featured in Bon Appetit, Autostraddle, Go Magazine,, Rest for Resistance, Refinery29, Season of the Bitch, 8 Ball Radio and more.

10/16: Alaina Simone is an artist liaison and art consultant who works primarily in the fields of Contemporary Art Sales and Education. She has produced and curated exhibitions with corresponding artist talks and educational programming in the Caribbean, Europe and the United States.  Since 2009,  Simone has worked as an artist liaison to established interdisciplinary artists such as Howardena Pindell, Fred Eversley and Barbara Nessim among many others. She has worked closely with the Estate of Arman, Estate of Merton Simpson, Estate of Allan Stone and the Estate of James Van Der Zee to name a few.

Artist Ye Qin Zhu will help facilitate the workshop. Zhu is on the team that spearheaded the Diary Disks project, Phase One of the New Haven COVID-19 Memorial (2020–ongoing), and the artist behind the public arts installation CONSTELLATION, 2021, on Governors Island, NYC. The Guest Healer/Artist and Art Advisor to be determined at this time.

Workshop dates are October 15th and 16th 2-5pm. Registration is open to all schools and disciplines. Participation is limited, please register early and provide a brief statement of interest. Thank you.

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Watch recordings of past events below.

Featured image by sportpoint74 from Envato Elements
Featured image: By sportpoint74 from Envato Elements