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How can we, as cultural workers and practitioners, navigate the overwhelming nature of the trauma and struggles we face in our current climate?

Join Laura van Dernoot Lipsky on February 10, 2021 between 1-3 p.m. as she guides a FREE interactive workshop for those who work in Washington state’s cultural and arts sectors, including staff of all levels and artists.

This training and discussion will offer practical tools to help us sustain, individually and collectively, in the face of trauma, secondary trauma and overwhelm. Whether this is related to our work, our personal lives, the pandemic, systematic oppression and structural supremacy surfacing in exceedingly painful ways, or more, we will discuss what the consequences are as well as strategies for sustaining ourselves and each other.

Join colleagues and peers from the cultural community statewide. This will be interactive so please come prepared with questions or topics and plan to have your camera on.

Captioning and ASL interpretation will be available.

Open to all cultural grant recipients of the presenting organizations including artists, staff, and boards. Staff and boards of presenting organizations will also be in attendance.

Registration for this meeting requires a free Zoom account. To sign-up for a Zoom account, click here.

Presented by: 4Culture, Artist Trust, ArtsFund, ArtsWA, Hohimer Wealth Management, Humanities Washington, Laird Norton Family Foundation, Native Arts & Cultures Foundation, Northwest Film Forum, Office of Arts & Culture, Seattle Foundation

To register, click here


Handouts from the Trauma Stewardship Institute:
Tiny Survival Guide
When Experiencing Overwhelm & Trauma


About Laura van Dernoot Lipsky:

Laura van Dernoot Lipsky is the founder and director of The Trauma Stewardship Institute and author of Trauma Stewardship and The Age of Overwhelm. Widely recognized as a pioneer in the field of trauma exposure, she has worked locally, nationally, and internationally for more than three decades. Much of her work is being invited to assist in the aftermath of community catastrophes – whether they are fatal storms or mass shootings. Simultaneously, she has long been active in community organizing and movements for social and environmental justice and has taught on issues surrounding systematic oppression, structural supremacy, and liberation theory. Laura is on the advisory board of ZGiRLS, an organization that supports young girls in sports. She is a founding member of the International Transformational Resilience Network, which supports the development of capacity to address climate change. Laura also served as an associate producer of the award-winning film A Lot Like You, and was given a Yo! Mama award in recognition of her work as a community-activist mother.


Photo credits: Hugo House, Scribes youth writing camps 2019, photo by Doug Manelski