PROGRAM:  Next PLACE program runs January – June 2018

“If you had a place of your own, what would it be?” 
Innovative Art Making and Visual Meditation modalities for women ready to release old patterns and live their life on purpose.
 6-month series of weekly workshops culminating in an art exhibition .
Tuesdays, 6:00/6:30 pm – 9:30 pm and 2 Saturday field trips
No art experience is necessary, only the willingness to learn.
Accepting women of all colors.

 Next PLACE program runs January – June 2018  
Tuition is $2,000, this includes all materials, workshop and exhibition venues and exhibition participation.
 Very limited scholarships based on need and some work exchange.
  • 1890 Bryant Street Studios #302, San Francisco Link to Map
Syllabus and Timeline link - coming in September.




Designed to release old patterns and habits, including links to individual, family, cultural and historical dysfunction, participants are led through meditation and arts making processes of self-reflection and group sharing, challenging and clarifying choices.

(1) (Building Foundation) Grounding work to support you through the program: 1. Gain basic understanding of the healing properties of the Chakras through creation of Chakras Color Flash Cards. 2. Gain insight into your underlying state of consciousness through the PLACE Intuitive Collage© technique.
(2) (Challenging Status Quo) Self-discovery and Insights that Heal and Transform by deeply unraveling: 1. Beliefs That Hold You Back and 2. Affectionally referred to as the Root Canal, Every Family Has a Story - together we support each other in identifying and challenging our family patterns.
(3) (Exploration and Inspiration). Learning to Honor Your Voice & Like What You Like. Strengthening and taking ownership of your intuition through PLACE’s Found Object Art Philosophy and Practice.

(4) (Claiming and Fortitude) Claim your voice by creating and showcasing personal artwork for the exhibition.  Art created answers the question “If you had a place of your own, what would it be?” No matter your level of experience, nurturing art making facilitators provide expert guidance walking you through the realization of your final piece.

A professional exhibition shares your vision with friends, family and the public.
Your voice and your story is valuable and valued.
(5) Exhibition:  (This is Who I Am) A professionally curated exhibition features the art works created by PLACE participants, alongside alumnae and instructors answering the question, "If you had a place of your own, what would it be?"
This becomes a nurturing environment for deep experiential growth, for women, their families, friends, and community. By learning art installation techniques and having to ask for and receiving help, women get to know what it is to be tangibly supported. The Artists’ Talk (publicly sharing their process and aspirations) instills confidence and a sense of accomplishment. By receiving public acknowledgement for their art and process, participants experience being acknowledged by family, friends, and strangers.
As they learn that their feelings are valued they begin to own the importance of their impact on others, confidence builds, their voice and passions amplify. Over the years, many participants develop greater courage, sharing their stories to help someone other than themselves, growing into our much-needed leaders amongst women of color.

The public are invited to participate in a mini version of PLACE thought processes through self-guided craft stations. *Beliefs That Hold You Back, *Family Patterns, *Aspiration Tree.

Partially funded since 2009: National Endowment for the Arts FastTrack, California Arts Council, The San Francisco Arts Commission and Zellerbach Family Foundation. WomenArts.org, The Koehn Family, Pacific Asian American Women Bay Area Coalition, Sue Tom and individuals like yourself.

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Isabelle Thuy Pelaud, Without These Rocks, photo by cynthia tom
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