City of Beaverton

Posted on: April 14, 2017

Beaverton Hosts Free Workshops on Artist Statements

BEAVERTON, Ore. – The City of Beaverton is hosting artist workshops this spring presented by facilitator Kellie Ernst. This is a free, two-part workshop series devoted to developing and honing an authentic artist statement.


Crafting Authentic Artist Statements 

Artists need statements of different shapes and tones for different purposes: programs, press releases, grant applications, and websites. Artists must first clearly articulate their internal artist statement, one that speaks honestly and passionately about their work.

Both workshops will be held at the Beaverton City Library, 12375 SW Fifth Street. The first workshop will be held on Monday, April 24, 6-8 p.m., and will allow participants to approach artist statements from a creative perspective through writing prompts that will draw out the heart of your work. The second workshop will be held on Monday, May 15, 6-8 p.m. and will focus on honing your statement for different audiences and purposes. 

Attendance at the first workshop is not required to attend the second workshop, but artists are encouraged to attend both workshops to get the most out of the experience. Good for any level of experience. Please bring your favorite journal and pen to write with.

All workshops are free and open to the public. Space is limited to 18 participants, so please RSVP to any of these workshops by emailing with the workshop title in the subject line. For more information, visit  



Since 1999, Write Around Portland has held thousands of creative writing workshops. They believe everyone can be a writer and benefit from and contribute to their community through the literary arts. We offer free community writing workshops in partnership with low-income housing buildings, shelters, prisons, schools, and senior centers, and also host fee-based writing workshops at Powell’s Books. For more information, visit

Write Around Portland facilitator, Kellie Ernst, will lead both workshops. The first time facilitator Kellie read the following from Kurt Vonnegut; “The primary benefit of practicing any art, whether well or badly, is that it enables one's soul to grow.” she pushed back her chair, threw her arms in the air and wailed a quaking hallelujah! in the closest language to truth she knows. This quote captures exactly the stuff – the huge, mysterious, life-affirming, soulful stuff – that keeps her humbly and joyously seeking growth as a writer and facilitator for Write Around Portland. Trained as a Medical Anthropologist and born in love with words she is at home with human stories. She has studied craft with a vast and talented array of poetic and non-fiction specialists and celebrates the discovery of worlds old and new in every literary genre. She wants to write with you.

The city of Beaverton is home to more than 95,000 residents and is Oregon’s sixth largest city. We are a friendly, active, and responsible city well-known for our exceptional community services and amenities, helping Beaverton residents enjoy a high quality of life. Ranked in the top ten of Money magazine’s 50 Best Small Cities in America for 2016, Beaverton truly is “The Best of Oregon.”

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Caption:  The City of Beaverton will offer two free workshops in April and May on creating artist statements, as part of an annual series of artist workshops hosted by the city’s arts program. (Pictured: Photographer Rebecca Benoit leads a 2016 workshop on photographing art.) (Photo/City of Beaverton.)

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