Created by artist, curator, and legendary CalArts professor Karen Atkinson, Get Your SH*T Together (GYST) is our often-imitated survival workshop for emerging artists, and for artists who've been "emerging" longer than they expected. Over 400 artists have graduated from GYST since 2002.
GYST teaches you the business stuff you should've learned in art school, but didn't. GYST values self-sufficiency and presents you with information, tactics, and strategies to make things happen for yourself without necessarily waiting around for some arbiter of culture to validate your work. We're not concerned with producing slick, commercialized artists, nor is this some new age, touchy-feely "find your inner artist" crap. GYST is a program for artists, by artists that will teach you bare-knuckled, practical strategies for negotiating the baffling terrain of the contemporary art world.
Over 8-weeks, you'll create and refine your presentation materials with the full editorial and technical support of Side Street Project's staff & digital lab (resume, artist statement, portfolio, press materials, hand-outs, etc.).
GYST culminates with some good old fashioned Curator Speed Dating. Get real-world feedback from some of the area's hottest curators, like LA Times Art Critic David Pagel, LACE Director Carol Stakenaus and Christopher Russell from the Getty Research Institute.
GYST students also get a copy of the new GYST CD ROM (v.2.6), chock full of organizing tools & tracking software every artist needs.
For mor information or to sign up on-line go to our website: www.sidestreet.org
or call us at: 626-798-7774