Apr 21st 2021

Join us for a virtual conversation on W&CF’s Crowdcast Channel in honor of Make Your Art No Matter What by Beth Pickens. For this event, Pickens will be in conversation with Marcia Chatelain.


If you are an artist, you need to make your art. That’s not an overstatement—it’s a fact; if you stop doing your creative work, your quality of life is diminished. But what do you do when life gets in the way? In this down-to-earth handbook, experienced artist coach Beth Pickens offers practical advice for developing a lasting and meaningful artistic practice in the face of life’s inevitable obstacles and distractions. This thoughtful volume suggests creative ways to address the challenges all artists must overcome—from making decisions about time, money, and education, to grappling with isolation, fear, and anxiety. No matter where you are in your art-making journey, this book will motivate and inspire you. Because not only do you need your art—the world needs it, too.

Beth Pickens is a Los Angeles-based consultant for artists and arts organizations. She is the author of Make Your Art No Matter What and Your Art Will Save Your Life. Her popular podcast, Mind Your Practice, is widely available as is her subscription-based Homework Club. She teaches at California Institute of the Arts.
Marcia Chatelain teachers history and African American Studies at Georgetown University. The author of South Side Girls: Growing up in the Great Migration and Franchise: The Golden Arches in Black America, Chatelain is a Chicago native residing in Washington, D.C.

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