At my Studio we PAUSE to explore materials and techniques, play with ideas and stories, and share things from our lives that we love. That was the plan. But over Year One I saw how guests came often, shared, grew, and formed a community! They came throughout the year—snow or sunny weather—to write, make art, discuss ideas, hear about my projects in the community, and join in. They encouraged artists and writers who spoke or presented at the Studio by buying their art and books. They even offered to participate in a fundraiser to raise a scholarship for a woman to train to be an entrepreneur at EWI and sponsor projects I did in neighborhood schools.
I decided that for Year Two, I will offer memberships to those who came often and created the physical community, and to those who can’t come often but like the idea of doing something here. If you don’t want to join no problem—you can enjoy the Studio as you do right now.
Promise of PAUSE Membership: $20/mo. To the amazing PAUSErs who came often, wrote, made art, attended events, and helped me create community, I offer the Promise of PAUSE Membership. A monthly membership in which you Promise yourself ONE PAUSE session a month but I know we will see you more often. The Promise of PAUSE membership is by invitation only and forms the core of the Studio PAUSE Community. If you are interested in becoming a member, come check us out 🙂
Wild PAUSE: $75/year For those who don’t want a monthly anything, but who want to do crazy wild things but don’t know what it might be and when they will have the time for it, we have the Wild PAUSE. It has a one-time fee, which can be used as an advance for various things at any time in the year, like an advance to host an event at Studio PAUSE, an advance towards buying a work of art displayed at the Studio, or to sponsor a community project/s of your liking at or by Studio PAUSE.
I also offer memberships for Families (Gift of PAUSE) and to organizations or companies to have their staff, volunteers, even clients come to PAUSE once a month. Please email me for details.
Take a WritingPAUSE, ArtPAUSE, or one of the many others we come up with as needed ,where you explore writing memoirs, share stories from other cultures, write poems, make collage, play with paint etc. Have you ever been in a protest? Is there a word in some language that intrigues you? What stories from your childhood will you tell your children? What does it feel like to paint with black ink? How about a collage landscape? How does one draw straight lines freehand?
The PAUSEcard is inspired by the happy feeling you get when you promise yourself PAUSE. Whenever that may be.
To Buy: You can buy 2 PAUSEcards or 4 PAUSEcards from here or at the Studio. They are valid for 6 months from purchase date so you can check out the calendar and pick a PAUSE session you’d like to attend, on a day and time that works for you. Each PAUSE at the Studio with me, Sush, is 90 mins long, and costs $15 so a 2PAUSEcard is $30 and a 4PAUSEcard is $60. I also plan to have others teach PAUSE sessions but those will be 2 hrs long and will cost $30 incl. materials. Stay tuned!
To Use: You can use four PAUSES in one day, say, if you bring the family in for a TogetherPAUSE. You can use 2 PAUSES at once when you bring in your date for a WritingPAUSE. You can take a PAUSE once every week attending just the BookPAUSE. Or use it once a month and explore different kinds of PAUSE sessions. You can give it to your sister or lend it to your boss—feel free to share the PAUSE card.
Receptions & CommunityPAUSE are free gatherings where I invite everyday people to share how they experience art, stories, or community. One federal agent shows his powerful photography, a jazz musician shares his memoir of life as a civil rights lawyer, a full-time mom of teenagers helps us explore rhythm and all sorts of dance, and American writers write inspired by the photographs of a Palestinian photographer.
For a list of PAUSE Sessions, receptions, and CommuntiyPAUSEs, check out our PAUSE Calendar here.
Friends Thao and Kady came up with the idea of themes to inspire the PAUSE sessions at the Studio. As the theme changes every two months, our inspirations change. So even if we come back to do the exact same PAUSE session what we create will be different and will make us think in a new direction.
Another friend Cecilia, inspired the idea of The PAUSE Wall, a curated space for objects, materials, and languages for the 2 month theme. Visitors bring things based on the PAUSE theme for the next 2 months and add it to the PAUSE wall. It could be anything—a handwritten word on a scrap of paper, a poem in an African language, a bit of a map, a b/w photo, a sweater—anything. The objects stay there for the 2 months and inspire others and the PAUSE sessions as well!