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  • Writer's pictureElizabeth Kramer

Uncover Unchartered Stories of Artists

FREE WORKSHOP: Art of the Profile 2024 • Interview Artists, See Art, Write Profiles


Behind nearly every artist profile is an interview and a curious person asking questions. They ask questions to discover what motivates creative people and more.

In Art of the Profile, teens have the opportunity to ask questions of artists and journalists. They also get to identify the artist of their choice to profile.

Are you curious about the creative process and art? Do you want to meet and write about creative people? Then join us in January. (See registration form below or here.)

That's when Arts Angle Vantage kicks off a collaborative workshop where teen participants:

• Experience art, attend performances, meet artists and ask them questions.

• Gain valuable experience and materials to support academic pursuits, including special program and college applications. (Past participants have their pieces published by the Courier-Journal, LEO Weekly, collegiate and high-school publications, and on Arts Angle Vantage's own digital platform.)

• Meet combinations of artists and the journalists who have profiled them to gain insights into their rapport. (You will receive the articles before you meet them.)

•  Profile a creative person of your choice. Explore interviewing techniques, creative profile writing, and story angles.

• Meet other teens who share your interests and make friends from schools throughout the region.

WHAT: Art of the Profile, a collaborative workshop, meets Saturdays from Jan. 6 through Feb. 10 and includes a slate of guests and out-of session art events. They include:

• Sun, Jan. 7, 1 p.m.: Attend Kentucky Shakespeare's 'Sense and Sensibility," by Kate Hamill, based on the novel by Jane Austen, directed by Amy Attaway.

• Other artists and journalists are included in other sessions.

• Made possible with a grant from Metro Louisville Government, support of University of Louisville's Department of Communications and the cooperation of JCC CenterStage.

BACKGROUND: A free hands-on experience in creative expression for high school sophomores, juniors and seniors to connect to the local arts community and learn and practice writing and reporting with the guidance of professional arts journalists/educators.

• Arts Angle Vantage assists participants in obtaining tickets and passes to events. In almost all cases, costs are covered.

• Past Arts Angle Vantage workshop participants have profiled performance and visual artists and covered productions presented by Actors Theatre of Louisville, Dance Theatre of Harlem at The Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts and Broadway in Louisville musicals.


WHEN: Saturdays • 10 to noon

• Sessions address essential elements of creative profile writing, interviewing arts journalism and criticism; making a pitch; interviewing, working with images and audio; and more. Guest artists and media professionals are invited.

• Some sessions cover art forms and local art history.

• Participants work on profiles with technical support from mentors and special advisors.

WHERE: University of Louisville, Belknap Academic Building, 201 East West Shipp Avenue, Louisville, KY 40208. Participants will make one or two visits to locations for chosen profiles outside meeting times.

Like other free workshops, participants in Art of the Profile have opportunities to experience art at no cost to them.


• To participate, applicants must agree to attend all sessions. (Absences can be excused if approved up to three days in advance.)

• Activity outside meeting times include interviewing artists and seeing art. Participants have a chance to choose what they will cover.

• Registration requires submitting a registration form and writing sample.

• 15 spots available

In past workshops, teen participants were part of discussions with artists and leaders of local arts organizations.


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