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But Can I Pay My Rent Tho?!: A Workshop On Artist Survival

Without art, there can be no movements. Yet, artists are often unrewarded for being the drivers of change, which has created a culture of unsustainable practices. In particular, being a Black/Brown artist who is along the trans and/or queer spectrum means that we are more at risk of being underpaid and undervalued for our brilliance. 

This workshop will make space for trans & queer artists of color to develop long-term strategies towards a life supported by their creative work. Participants of these sessions are artists and cultural producers of all disciplines who are ready to build a career from their practice. Part 1 (Feb. 28) will focus on evaluating your financial needs and plans as an artist. Part 2 (Mar. 7) will recharge your marketing needs and put your plan into action. This workshop will intentionally engage a framework of dismantling anti-Blackness, white supremacy, transphobia, and more as we imagine the role of TQPOC artists creating their own liberation.


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Your Facilitator: J Mase III

J Mase III is a Black/trans/queer poet & educator that has worked in the US, UK, and Canada on LGBTQIA+ rights and racial justice in spaces such as K-12 schools, universities, faith communities and restricted care facilities. He is founder of awQward, the first trans and queer people of color talent agency.

Mase is author of And Then I got Fired: One Transqueer's Reflections on Grief, Unemployment & Inappropriate Jokes About Death and co-editor of the Black Trans Prayer Book

His work has been featured on MSNBC, Essence Live, Everyday Feminism, Black Girl Dangerous, the New York Times, Buzzfeed, the Root, the Huffington Post, TEDx and more.  

Find him on Instagram (@jmaseiii) and www.jmaseiii.com!