We’re curious about the role of contemplative practices, mindfulness and creative self-care on aiding focus, positive uplift and resilience for the benefit of artists and arts leaders.  Last November 2019 we received a Pratt Institute Seed Research grant to offer and test mindfulness meditation and visualization techniques for creatives in business, to see if the effects of training would impact their creativity, focus, and positivity. Building on those results, we have been awarded a 2 year Tremaine Foundation Grant to build mindfulness collectives, what we are calling a Collaboratory.  The Collaboratory will look at contemplative practices, including mindfulness and meditation, sitting and walking practices, formal and informal expressions of self-awareness to aid artists and arts leaders in reimagining self and practice, business and audience during COVID and post COVID contexts

What is this?

We are offering you free training in visualization, mindfulness and contemplative practices. This training will take place in regionally-based collectives that we will either build or work with arts organizations in an area to build. We offer a menu of options that includes a minimum of 10 hours and up to 16 hours of training in mindfulness, meditation and visualization practice for each collective to choose from. We will supply information about how to adapt your approach to using these contemplative self-care tools as cornerstones for your creativity and organization. Your participation is free as part of this grant funded study.