This workshop with Shama Rahman helps artists explore how to clearly communicate who they are as creative individuals, and the kind of work they produce, to a broad range of audiences. Artists will learn the components of creating effective personal narratives, tangible tips for keeping their statements updated on a regular basis, modifying statements for different platforms and more. Learnings from this workshop can apply to improving applications for grants, fellowships, and residencies; websites; press releases; marketing materials and more.

Recording may be available upon request. Please email

Shama Rahman is Director of Brand Strategy at New York Magazine. She previously worked at The Wall Street Journal as a creative strategist in advertising and at The New York Times as an associate marketing manager for the TimesTalks live journalism series. Before the Times, she worked in marketing at the Whitney Museum of American Art and the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum. Shama recently led a writing workshop for creative folks with Ninth Street Collective and has previously held the same workshop at places like The Wing, New Women Space, The New School, Commend and Mana Contemporary. She graduated from Smith College, where she studied Economics, Art History and Museum Studies, and is the youngest member of the Smith College Museum of Art’s advisory committee. She was previously a board member of the South Asian Women’s Creative Collective (SAWCC) and co-organized the group’s 2016 exhibition at the Queens Museum. Shama is a Founding Member of Ninth Street Collective.