Workshop Series

Build Skills. Spark Discussion. Refine Practices. Get Involved. All online. The Nextfest Arts Company presents the Nextfest Workshop Series.

The platform has changed but the connections have not. We’re bridging the gap between artistic training and the real world of being an artist through the internet.

Workshops will invite dedicated professional mentors and experts from the professional arts communities to teach, lead, and facilitate workshops directed at artistic skill growth, the business of being an artist, and the sustainability of artistic careers.

Participants will be given a common ground for discussion and the unique opportunity to learn from like-minded individuals.

Workshops are free for all emerging artists. Workshops slots can be claimed by signing up below. Sign up soon – all slots are a first-come, first-served basis, and space is limited.

For all workshops, registrants will receive a link to the Zoom event via e-mail closer to the date of their session.

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Nextfest Community Check-In

This event occurs on multiple dates:

  • Wednesday, June 10th 10 -11:30 AM MST — Hosted by Patricia Cerra, Cynthia Jimenez-Hicks & Elise Jason
  • Saturday, June 13th 10 -11:30 AM MST — Hosted by Patricia Cerra, Nadien Chu & Helen Belay
  • Sunday, June 14th 10 -11:30 AM MST — Hosted by Patricia Cerra, Kiana Woo & Helen Belay

Grab a mug of your favourite beverage and start your morning with the Nextfest gang! Though we can’t connect on the dance floor this year, it doesn’t mean that connection won’t happen.  Here is your chance to meet other Nextfest artists and learn about their projects, meet folks involved with the festival, or just tell us how your quarantine is going.  Your new best friends are here- guaranteed!

Black Lives Matter – UPDATE

In order to create a safe space for all, especially our artists who are Black, Indigenous, or People of Colour to connect, debrief, learn about each other’s projects, meet other artists involved with the festival, or just tell us how your quarantine is going, we will now be splitting the community check-ins to two groups: 

  1. Open Check-InHosted by Simone A. Medina Polo and Katie Cutting. This check-in is open to anyone and everyone.
  2. Black, Indigenous, and People of Colour Specific Check-in – Hosted by Patricia Cerra and Others. This check-in is only for people who identify as Black, Indigenous, or People of Colour.

Sign up here to join these conversations. Both Zoom links will be sent to you before each check-in, the links will be sent before the sessions.

Note: Attendance is not mandatory for all sessions, but you will be notified about all 4.


How We Did It – A Nextfest 2020 Reflection

Sunday, June 14th 2:30 – 4 PM MST with the Nextfest Team

Did we do it? How did it go? Wait, don’t tell us… discuss it with us during this Workshop about how we took Nextfest online. 

This was a learning experience and we want to share, grow, and laugh with you all.

Sign up for this workshop by filling out this form.


How to Co-Create a Show AND Keep Your Friends

Tuesday, June 16th 6-8:30 pm MST with Elena Belyea and Tori Morrison

Making shows with friends! That’s the dream, right? But if not done with extreme care and on-going communication, co-creating and/or devising a show with buds can be a great way to do lasting damage to relationships with collaborators. This workshop will offer practical tools on how you and your team can set yourselves up for success, deal with obstacles if (and/or when) they arise, and make sure that everyone feels seen and supported throughout the process! This workshop will be facilitated by Tori and Elena (of Tiny Bear Jaws) who have been working together since 2011, and keep coming back for more. 

Sign up for this workshop by filling out this form.