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Siren Nation Arts Workshops & Panels

November 12, 2017 @ 11:00 am - 5:00 pm

Join us for a day of FREE workshops and panel discussions, featuring diverse speakers from across the arts spectrum. This event is part of the 2017 Siren Nation Festival.


McMenamins Kennedy School
5736 NE 33rd Street
Portland, OR 97211


Workshops (Martha Jordan Room)

The Business of Art
11:00 AM-12:15 PM
Instructor: Cate Anevski (artist, Siren Nation Art Committee)

Learn how to treat your art like a professional business. We’ll cover different ways to make money from your art, how to present your work in the best light, and basic business management for artists. Come with any questions you may have about how to make and grow a creative business.

Rainy Season Zines Toolkit
12:30-1:45 PM
Instructor: Liz Yerby (artist, Portland Zine Symposium organizer)

Together we’ll brainstorm things that help us get through and thrive in the rainy season. Things such as warm drinks, good friend talks, cozy sweaters, or donuts. Then we will each write, draw, and/or decorate a small 8-page zine, which we can make copies of to distribute to our friends.

Podcasting Basics
2:00-3:15 PM
Instructor: Jeni Wren Stottrup (musician, Gritty Birds podcast)

Creating a podcast? Looking for your voice? This workshop’s for you. Every good podcast revolves around a story. We’ll explore storytelling in multiple podcast formats, as well as how to get your show published, connecting to your audience, and key tools.

Jam Comic Books
3:30-5:00 PM
Instructor: Lisa Rosalie Eisenberg (cartoonist, educator)

Explore the collaborative possibilities of comic book creation while learning about story structure and visual narrative! Participants in this workshop will create “jam comics”—comics made by multiple authors and artists that still tell a clear story.

Panels (Mina Parsons Room)

Funding Creative Work
11:00 AM-12:00 PM

Do you have a dream project? Get ideas about how to make it happen. Our panel of creative professionals will discuss and answer questions about different ways of financing creative projects, from grants to freelancing to crowdfunding. Moderated by Katie Lane. Panelists:

  • Lucy Bellwood (cartoonist, educator)
  • Ingrid Carlson (RACC Grants Officer)
  • Katie Lane (attorney, Work Made for Hire)
  • Dawn Jones Redstone (filmmaker, Hearts+Sparks Productions)
  • Alicia Rose (filmmaker, The Benefits of Gusbandry)

Podcasting: Beyond Branding

12:15-1:15 PM

Podcasting has emerged as a creative medium all its own, with diverse subject matter and audiences. Panelists will share their experiences podcasting for different purposes and audiences, talk about the technical basics, discuss what makes for good content, and answer questions. (Followed by a podcasting workshop at 2:00 PM.) Moderated by Portia Sabin. Panelists:

  • Sarah X. Dylan (Funemployment Radio podcast)
  • Dahlia Grossman-Heinze (Backtalk podcast)
  • Portia Sabin (The Future of What podcast)
  • Jeni Wren Stottrup (Gritty Birds podcast)
  • Kaila Thomson (See Also podcast)
  • Leia Weathington (See Also podcast)

Activism in Art

1:30-2:30 PM

Can art help change the world? Women who work in diverse art forms, media, and communities discuss the intersection of art and activism. Come ask questions and get inspired! Moderated by Katie Proctor. Panelists:

  • A’misa Chiu (librarian, Portland Zine Symposium organizer)
  • Katie Proctor (Books With Pictures owner)
  • Dawn Jones Redstone (filmmaker, Hearts+Sparks Productions)
  • Melanie Stevens (artist, Miss Anthology, Nat Turner Project)
  • Andi Zeisler (Bitch Media founder)

The Business of Comedy

2:45-3:45 PM

Comedy industry pros, including performers, writers, and a theater owner/operator, talk about their experiences in the business and Portland’s comedy scene. Learn about the writing process, performing, how they got started, getting into festivals, and hosting/organizing well-rounded shows for Portland comedy audiences to enjoy. Panel curated and panel moderated by JoAnn Schinderle. Panelists:

  • Kirsten Kuppenbender (stand-up comic, Lez Stand Up founding member)
  • Shelley McLendon (founder, owner, operator of Siren Theater)
  • Katie Nguyen (stand-up comic, host of Earthquake Hurricane)
  • Janet Scanlon (improviser, actor as seen on Portlandia)
  • JoAnn Schinderle (stand-up comic, host of Control Yourself: Recorded Live)

The Wide World of Weed

4:00-5:00 pm

Learn about the cannabis industry from women who are shaping it! Our panelists deal with just about every aspect of cannabis, including edible and topical products, certification standards, law, and science. Moderated by Samantha Montanaro. Panelists:

  • Andi Bixel (Drip Ice Cream founder)
  • Emma Chasen (Sativa Science Club director of education)
  • Amy Margolis (attorney, Oregon Cannabis Association founder)
  • Samantha Montanaro (Prism House founder and Tokeativity co-owner)
  • Trista Okel (Empower BodyCare founder)
  • Ashley Preece (Ethical Cannabis Alliance founder)



November 12, 2017
11:00 am - 5:00 pm
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McMenamins – Kennedy School
5736 NE 33rd Av
Portland, OR 97211 United States
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(503) 249-3983