What I Stand For (March 4) and your other awesome ideas

Last October, EAP put out a request for proposals for new programs that would serve our local network. I’m happy to announce the first of three chosen proposals, created by one of you, will come to fruition in just a few weeks:

EAP_whatistandfor_webbannerWhat I Stand For – a personal mission statement workshop
March 4, 6:30 – 8:30 PM
CounterPULSE @ 80 Turk Street
San Francisco, CA 94102

Jeanne Pfeffer, @Pfeffworks
Charles Slender, FACT/SF
Ramekon O’Arwisters, Photography Curator, San Francisco Airport Museum

What I Stand For is a two-hour workshop for artists and arts workers that will provide space and tools to help define or refine your personal mission statement. Too often identity becomes wrapped up in work or relationships, and you loose sight of who you are and the goals that are unique to you. It becomes easy to forget basic things like why you do what you do, or what you want out of your life. In times like these, a personal mission statement can be your guide back to your true self and help to align your personal goals with your professional life.

Hosted by EAP, Pfeffworks, and CounterPULSE, What I Stand For offers the time and space for you to think, write, and talk about yourself, in order to begin crafting your personal mission statement. Leave your organizations, affiliations, projects, and problems at the door. This is two hours for YOU to focus on YOU. While you may not write a perfect mission statement in this one workshop, you will come away with a renewed sense of who you are, and what you stand for.

Space is limited to 24 participants to facilitate a comfortable and productive working session.
Advanced reservations highly recommended.
Participation fee: $10



JeannePfefferJeanne Pfeffer is the founder of Pfeffworks, providing administration, management, and production for the performing arts in the SF Bay Area. Current clients include FACT/SF, Jess Curtis/Gravity, and CounterPULSE. Jeanne has previously worked as a fundraising and PR consultant with Quinn Associates. She served on the Host Committee for the 2012 Dance/USA Conference and was a 2012/2013 Emerging Arts Professionals Bay Area Fellow. Prior to her move to the Bay Area, Jeanne worked with such organizations as the American Dance Festival (NC), Zenon Dance Center (MN), and DRP Dance (MN), among others.



Ramekon O’Arwisters lives and works in San Francisco, California and was a recipient of a 2002 Artadia Award and has been nominated for the Eureka Award and the SECA Art Award. He has exhibited at the Luggage Store, San Francisco, California and Kato Gallery, Tokyo, Japan. His numerous group exhibitions include Past Forward: African Spirituality in Contemporary Black Art at the African American Art & Cultural Complex (AAACC), San Francisco, California and Decoding Identity: I Do It For My People, Museum of the African Diaspora (MoAD), San Francisco, California. O’Arwisters was honored with his second San Francisco Arts Commission Individual Artist Grant in 2011.He has been actively involved in residences and guest lectures at Djerassi Resident Artists Program, Vermont Studio Center, and Sonoma State University. His works are included in the public collections of the Mary Lou Williams Center for Black Culture at Duke University and the Haley Charitable Foundation, Point Richmond, California. He is currently working on an exhibition about art and spirituality,Sugar In Our Blood: The Spirit of Black and Queer Identity, for a one-person exhibition at the African American Art and Culture Center (AAACC) in June 2013. O’Arwisters is curator of photography and video art at SFO Museum.


Charles Slender is the Artistic Director of FACT/SF, a contemporary dance company based in San Francisco. With FACT/SF, he has choreographed 19 original works for thousands of audience members and cultivated a robust international community of artists and arts supporters. Charles utilizes the company as a vehicle for creating new dance, and also as a platform for changing and improving the local dance economy and ecology. He has worked for the US Department of State representing contemporary American art abroad, is one of fifteen Countertechnique teachers world-wide and, prior to founding FACT/SF in 2008, spent two years performing with Russia’s premiere contemporary dance company, Provincial Dances Theatre.


Later this year we’ll also enjoy two other accepted proposals:

The Heart of It: A series of stories from the arts leaders who inspire us. Project leader Alex Ryan Randall.
ArtBuzz: A creative game and workshop that involves toasting a beverage (or other incentive) to common buzzwords while watching a mashup of the year’s top arts conferences and other influential resources. Project leaders Katherin Canton Titus, Katie Fahey, Jessie Johnston, Danielle Siembieda-Gribben.

If you have a great idea, keep an eye out for our next request for proposals this coming May!

-Adam Fong

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