PROGRAM:  Next PLACE program runs January – June 2020

“If you had a place of your own, what would it be?” 
6-month series of weekly workshops culminating in an art exhibition .
No art experience is necessary, only the willingness to learn.
Accepting women of all colors.

January – June 2020
Tentative: Thursdays, 6:00/6:30 pm – 9:00 pm and 3 Saturdays-field trip, installation, artists' talk.
Class limited to 12 - 15 participants.
Tuition is $2,000- $3500 this includes all materials, instruction and exhibition venues,
exhibition participation and individual chat time with Cynthia.

 Very limited scholarships based on need and service to community.
Locations: Workshops-1890 Bryant Street Studios #302, San Francisco 

Exhibition: Exhibition Gallery: J-Sei Center, Emeryville

Tavi Baker shares her Family Patterns photo by Reiko Fujii
Isabelle Thuy Pelaud, Without These Rocks installation, photo by Cynthia Tom
Maggie Yee assisting Angela Bau in her PLACE art piece.
photo by reiko fujii

Workshop and Exhibition

PLACE aims to build individual strength  and community leadership amongst women, through experiential workshops, exhibitions, and other platforms for community dialogue.  PLACE provides tools for individual internal research and for the development of  intuition, confidence, and leadership, while building community in a safe and nurturing environment.
Through the art exhibitions, PLACE also seeks to spark civic engagement and a passion for women’s issues among visitors.
Workshop Overview:
  • Class 1 – 6: Exploring and Naming Hungry Ghosts
  • Examine and challenge beliefs that hold you back. Exploration of your family patterns.
  • Class 7 – 12: Releasing Hungry Ghosts
  • Using art making and meditation, we practice self care by declaring our aspirations
  • Class 13 -18: Claiming My PLACE
  • Art Studio Time. Defining a PLACE of your own.
  • Re-claim your voice through creation of personal artwork for the art exhibition.
  • No matter what your level of art experience is, you will receive expert guidance from art facilitators .
  • Class 19 -23: Proclaiming My PLACE – The Exhibition and Events
  • Participate in a  professional art exhibition that shares your vision with friends, family, and the public.
  • You are deeply supported while learning of the  powerful impact you can have on others. 

This becomes a nurturing environment for deep experiential growth, for you, your family, friends, and community. By learning art installation techniques and having to ask for and receiving help, you experience what it is to be tangibly supported. You, your thought process and your work are acknowledged by the public, family, friends, and strangers.
As you learn that your thought and work are inspirational and valued,  you begin to own the importance of your impact on others.  Your voice and passions are given flight.

We have seen PLACE inspire critical thinking and leadership, initiate civic engagement and grow compassion across generations, genders and communities.

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

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