Professional Development Workshops

PCA offers a series of professional development workshops that feature presentations and discussion on topics that are relevant to our member artists and arts organizations, as well as the greater Charlottesville arts community.

We are committed to keep these professional development opportunities at low-cost in order to guarantee wide accessibility.

If you would like to propose a future workshop topic, email

Upcoming Workshops

“Empty Seats & Missed Opportunities”

Wednesday, May 6
10:00am – 3:30pm

“Empty Seats and Missed Opportunities” will tackle four areas designated in the Create Charlottesville/Albemarle cultural plan as strategic goals for improvement in the Charlottesville arts community. The sessions will include:

Disability and the Arts: Sarah Blech of Charlottesville Parks & Recreation will give a presentation on Very Special Arts (VSA) and how all of us can include members of the community with special needs and challenges in our programs and services.

Diverse Audience Development: Andrea Douglas of the Jefferson School City Center will lead a roundtable discussion on diverse audience development. She will speak to her own experience with the Jefferson School African American Heritage Center and facilitate conversation around the physical and perceptual barriers that can impede arts participation.

New Media Marketing: Gram Slaton of Piedmont Council for the Arts will lead a discussion on new media marketing to explore the latest trends in effective e-marketing techniques.

Arts Education: To close the day, Aaron Eichorst, Fine Arts Coordinator for the Charlottesville City School District, will lead a discussion on arts education, especially the two-way street developing between in-class and at-venue learning.

PCA will offer this workshop at the reduced price of $10, with lunch provided. You may pay by cash, check or card at CitySpace the day of the workshop. Please RSVP to by Friday, May 1 if you are able to attend.

Past Professional Development Workshops

The following podcasts of past Professional Development Workshops were produced by Charlottesville Podcasting Network.

Talking Walls: Murals Now, September 21, 2012
An Insider’s Guide to Artist Colonies & Residencies

Art Print Training

PCA encourages teachers and parents to use fine art prints to enhance learning in elementary schools and other classrooms. Virginia’s Standards of Learning are used to correlate the prints with relevant subject matter in the classroom.

Training for volunteers is held each fall in partnership with other community groups. Past partners have included the University of Virginia Art Museum and PERKs, “Partners in Enrichment Resources for Kids.”

PERKs, “Partners in Enrichment Resources for Kids,” offers free demonstration workshops on using art prints in the schools to expand critical thinking skills, visual and cultural literacy and fun with art. These workshops will be held in the individual schools for art print volunteers using their selected art prints in relation to class curriculum.

Janis Chevalier, who chaired the PCA Arts in Education Art Print Program and was a UVA Art Museum docent for 24 years, and Jane Anne Young, who was Director of Education at the UVA Art Museum since 1982, will design and conduct these demonstrations. During the past two years PERKs has developed a monthly program with every grade in Clark Elementary School incorporating SOL material in individually planned discussions of iconic art images. The PERKs approach is inquiry-based enabling the students to analyze and discover the art for themselves.

Parents and volunteers who wish to reserve a workshop or to start an art print program in their school are urged to contact PERKs by calling Jane Anne Young at (434) 295-0385.

Arts Education Workshops

Each year, Piedmont Council for the Arts coordinates visual arts education workshops for educators in partnership with Second Street Gallery that are free and open to the public.

In February 2011, May 2012, May 2013, and March 2014 PCA and Second Street Gallery paired with the Office of Statewide Partnerships of the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts in Richmond to offer a free information-packed training session for area arts educators.

Previous educator workshop topics have included documentary photography, myth and metamorphosis in African American art, film noir, and more.

Law & The Arts Seminars

Law & The Arts is a series of seminars co-sponsored by Piedmont Council for the Arts and the Virginia Bar Association’s Young Lawyers Division – Lawyers for the Arts Committee with support from the Virginia Commission for the Arts. The purpose is to assist artists in navigating the legal processes for arts-related issues. Past topics have included copyright law, trademark law, business incorporation, contracts, and more.

Admission is $5 for PCA Members ($10 for non-members). Pizza and beverages will be provided. Advance registration is required. To register, please email

Law & The Arts is a series of seminars co-sponsored by Piedmont Council for the Arts and the Virginia Bar Association’s Young Lawyers Division – Lawyers for the Arts Committee with support from the Virginia Commission for the Arts. The purpose is to assist artists in navigating the legal processes for arts-related issues.

Please note that advance payment secures your spot in the workshop and is non-refundable.

Speed-Networking for Artists and Arts Organizations

These speed-networking events provide an exciting and helpful chance for artists and arts organizations to meet their peers and establish collaborative working relationships.

Past events have included Speed-Networking for Executive Directors, Arts Organizations, and Outreach Coordinators.

To find out about the next speed-networking event, email

The Creative Conversation Series

Since Fall 2008, PCAs Creative Conversation Series has provided a community forum for discussion on topics of importance to the arts community. With participation from more than 150 people, the six Creative Conversations to date have addressed issues including arts education practices, marketing Charlottesville as a creative community and a cultural destination, and improving access to the arts for all community members. The insights, ideas, questions and concerns brought forth as a result have been a guiding force for PCA.

Community members are invited to participate in particular Creative Conversations based on their involvement in relevant topic areas. If you would like to be involved in the upcoming Series, contact

The following podcasts of past Creative Conversations were produced by Charlottesville Podcasting Network.

What is the Value of the Arts?, February 15, 2011

Arts Access Project: Outcomes and Strategies for the Future, April 20, 2010

Arts & Economic Development: National Initiatives and Ideas for Charlottesville, January 13, 2010

From Collaboration to Content: Enhancing Community Arts Education Partnerships, October 26, 2009

Increasing Community-Wide Access to the Arts, April 21, 2009

Marketing Charlottesville as a Creative Community, January 13, 2009

Arts Education and Our Community, September 30, 2008