Block Talks

Block Talks are small, informal presentations on creative topics, often with visual presentations and artist remarks. These online events are for emerging creatives and their families to hear from and speak with experienced creative professionals in small groups and active conversations.  While there are opportunities to be a part of larger events elsewhere, we want to provide a smaller alternative for families and young creatives who thrive from closeness and connection with topics and presenters.

Block Talks were piloted in the PYAO studio as opportunities for AOB apprentices to present on topics important to their lives and share their knowledge with other apprentices.  The intimacy and close connections made through those Block Talks inspired us to create similar experiences for AOB studio crew, alumni, family and friends.

Interested in presenting a Block Talk? Contact Kelly Palmer,

TAP Apprentices and Studio Crew gathered in the studio’s amphitheater for a Block Talk from our Digital Studio Manager, Julia

Block Talk Archive

November 2021

  • AOB Block Talk: Sam Holmes

July 2021

May 2021

  • Artist’s Talk with Hector Catano 
  • Ethical Research Methods with C.N.E. Corbin 
  • The VISTA Experience with Annabel and Melissa 
  • Federal Work Study with Melissa 

April 2021

March 2021

  • Establishing Good Credit with C.A.R.E. 
  • Developing Your Small Art Business with Daniel McArthur 
  • Intellectual Property with Emma Raviv
  • Working in Theatre with Victoria Davidjohn from the Public Theatre 

February 2021

  • Art and Money:  Building a Creative Business with Rose Jaffe 
  • Portfolio Development and Reviews with Annabel and Melissa 
  • Urban Planning with Jason Mumford 
  • College Fair with representatives from Montgomery College, MICA, the University of Maryland, and UMBC 
  • Inventorying your Art Portfolio using Artwork Archive with Melissa 

January 2021

  • Email Communication Part 2 with Melissa 
  • Commercial Photography with Matthew Rakola 
  • College and Career Planning in a Time of Uncertainty with Nadine Hecht from MCPS 
  • Navigating College, Career, and Life with Danielle Hedquist
  • How to Communicate What you Want with Roxana Beyranvand 
  • Federal Student Loans with C.A.R.E. 

December 2020

  • Writing a Personal Statement or Artist’s Statement with Annabel 
  • Public Talk: Invited Artists Imar Hutchins and John Ortiz 
  • Email Communication Part 1 with Melissa 

November 2020

  • Personal Budgeting and Finance with C.A.R.E. 

October 2020

  • Resumes and Cover Letter Writing with Melissa 
  • Time Management with Melissa Hamilton from I Am Special Inc. 
  • Navigating a Gap Year with Dominique Robinson from Dance Gap Year 
  • National Portfolio Day with Florence Fahr from ARTriculate Consulting