An Introduction to Writing About Arts & Culture Writing workshop by Yuchengco Museum and Writer’s Block Philippines (Version 2)

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byCassie Cheng

The Yuchengco Museum and Writer’s Block Philippines are once again offering “An Introduction to Writing About Arts and Culture,” a writing workshop that brings together writing skills development, cultural information, and art appreciation. This workshop series will be held in the Yuchengco Museum on November 7, 10, and 14 (Mon-Thu-Mon), 6-9PM. The first run was a whole day affair held on Saturday, October 8, 2011.

With the growing art scene in Manila and the increasing number of Filipino artists receiving international attention, it is only appropriate to shine the spotlight on Philippine arts, culture, and heritage. Participants will learn how to share and write about these topics to a wider audience, and get an overview of the different fields and opportunities in writing about arts and culture–be it visual arts, architecture, theater, music, or design.

The workshop will be facilitated by Yuchengco Museum curator Jeannie Javelosa and administrator Dannie Alvarez, alongside Writer’s Block founders Ana Santos, Nikka Sarthou, and Niña Terol-Zialcita.

Javelosa is an award-winning painter-printmaker with more than 20 solo exhibits to her name; an art critic-reviewer in the first part of her career; a writer and author with several awards for coffee table books on culture and the arts.

Alvarez began his involvement with cultural work when, as an architecture student, he volunteered with the PANAMIN Museum of Traditional Cultures at Nayong Pilipino. He was the Business & Operations Manager of the Ayala Museum in 2000, and the Marketing Consultant for the Metropolitan Museum in 2004. He is Founding President of the Philippine Association of Museums (PAMI).

Each founder of WBP has years of writing and editing under her belt. Ana Santos is Associate Editor of Illustrado, a Dubai-based lifestyle magazine; Nikka Sarthou is Contributing Editor at Smile, the in-flight magazine of Cebu Pacific; and Nina Terol-Zialcita is Editor-in-Chief of asianTraveler, the longest-running travel magazine in the Philippines, and has written articles on arts and culture for various publications.

The introductory course will cover an overview of Philippine arts, culture, and heritage in contemporary life; presenting the story of Philippine visual arts; how to look at a painting; anatomy of an art review; a writing exercise; and group critique.

Slots limited to only 30 participants. The workshop fee is P3,500, which includes snacks, workshop materials, and a certificate. Writer’s Block Philippines members get 10% off, while students with valid IDs get 15% off.

For registration and more details, contact Yuchengco Museum at 889-1234 or email [email protected].


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