Workshops & Presentations

Art Inspires Ashland 2016

Classes and Workshop Info


Friday, November 11, 2016

Art as Community Building with Milenko Matanovic

Lecture beginning at 6:30 p.m., reception and conversation to follow
Meese Auditorium, main Art Building, at SOU
1250 Siskiyou Blvd., Ashland, OR 97520
Tickets: $35 through Oct. 31, $40 after Nov 1

Join us for an inspirational and visionary evening with Milenko Matanovic, founder of the Pomegranate Center. Milenko believes that magic happens when art, creative thinking, and community join forces. He has worked with hundreds of communities around the globe to connect art with community building and everyday life: Milenko helps communities become wiser by working together to find new and creative ways to push good ideas into action. Imagine what Ashland could be like if neither nature nor human talents were wasted. Join us for learning, lively discussion, and a starting point for something amazing to happen right here at home. Keynote address begins at 6:30 followed by a reception, conversation and idea sharing.


Saturday, November 12, 2016

Creative Collaboration: Maximizing Community Ownership with Milenko Matanovic

9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Meese Auditorium, at SOU Main Art Building
Ashland, OR 97520
Because of the generous support of an anonymous donor, we are able to offer this workshop for only $25 per person. Registration fee includes lunch.
Class Limit: 150

Are you tired of public processes that get bogged down because they are unwieldy, ineffective and meaningless? Are you sick of meetings that get hijacked by a boisterous few? Do you believe that community involvement is essential to creating successful public spaces and public policy?

In this introductory workshop you will learn how to fully engage communities in a productive and creative process that start with ideas and end in collective action, while creating broad ownership over your project. The day is a mix of lecture, practice, and discussion.

Over the day, you will learn how to:

  • Structure and implement effective and decisive planning processes while maximizing community ownership
  • Avoid common pitfalls for community meetings
  • Become a more effective facilitator
  • Design a process that takes ideas into action while engaging community members at every step
  • Apply this approach to create a pilot project in your community

Milenko founded Pomegranate Center to strengthen communities through collaborative placemaking. In addition to creating public spaces, the Center’s work includes training, planning, and consulting. The “Pomegranate Approach” has been developed and tested over 30 years of convening hundreds of community meetings and designing/building more than 50 gathering places.


Portrait Painting Workshop with Gabriel Lipper

9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Ashland Art Center, Main Classroom
357 E. Main St.
Ashland, OR 97520
Fee: $90 members, $125 nonmembers
Class Limit: 18

Paint powerful portraits with strong form, vibrant color, and rich paint. The secret behind the freshest painting is generally not what we see on its surface, but the strong foundation underneath. I will be demonstrating how I approach a portrait from the ground up. We will be working from a live portrait model, and I will demonstrate my entire portrait process from beginning to end. Spend the day working along with me through each step of the painting, or, just bring a sketch pad and take notes. Whatever your level, this workshop will have something to offer.

Additional supplies needed for this workshop: drawing paper, sketch pad, drawing board, art gum eraser, H and HB pencils, as well as your normal painting supplies.*



Sunday, November 13, 2016

Vision, Voice and Action: inciting social change through your art

9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Ashland Art Center, Main Classroom
357 E. Main St.
Ashland, OR 97520
Fee: $90 members, $125 nonmembers
Class limit: 25

This workshop will explore and define activism and the roles artists play in instigating change and igniting community involvement. Jennifer Longshore will present historical perspectives and teach practical methods that will lead to positive change in today’s world. Workshop participants will learn strategies on how to build trust and strengthen community bonds. An active discussion of community concerns will lead into the collaborative development of future projects and how to actualize them in the days, weeks and months to come.




Thank you for purchasing your ticket for this event!
Your tickets will be at will call, please arrive at least 10 minutes before the event is set to begin to claim them.
These items are non-refundable and by purchasing a ticket, you agree to allow yourself to be photographed by Art Inspires Ashland representatives for promotional use.