Project Lulu : Arts Express / Video Workshops for Cancer Survivors

Arts Express Workshops for Cancer Survivors evolved out of the creative work of Minnesota artist and writer, Lisa McKhann, and her non-profit, Project Lulu. More info about Lisa and Project Lulu.  Over the years, Project Lulu has offered a range of playful creative workshops, supporting cancer survivors as they express their experiences through reflective writing, creative movement, and visual art-making. Project Lulu workshops may also include the option of working in digital media, giving participants the tools to combine their own writing, visual art, and creative movement into a work of experimental video. Workshop participants don’t need any prior experience with digital media or video editing, as experienced teachers and helpers are on hand to assist. Storytelling is at the heart of this process, giving participants the space to explore new modes of expression and a supportive environment to do it in. Our creative process starts with the traditional media workshops led by poet Sheila Packa, painter Elizabeth Kuth, and dancers Lisa McKhann and Regina Laroche. Later, those elements are brought into the digital art studio and remixed with video and voiceover recorded in the lab. At each step along the way, there is creative support and help with technology.  The video workshops are offered by Joellyn Rock, Associate Professor of Digital Art, with assistance from Students in Digital Methods in Art Education class, and staff in the Motion and Media Across Disciplines Lab at the University of Minnesota Duluth.

Project Lulu Workshop participant, Jess Blake brings together her poetic writing, creative movement, and expressive drawings in this experimental video work…

In this video, Laurie Orbeck voices her own reflective writing, performs original choreography in the chromakey studio, and combines it with visual artwork she created in the Arts Express workshops offered by Project Lulu.

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MORE INFO ABOUT FALL 2017 Project LuLu / Arts Express Workshops for Cancer Survivors:

Duluth-area cancer survivors, family and caregivers are invited to sign-up for Fall 2017 workshops. Arts Express Workshops are guided by experienced artist/teachers: poet Sheila Packa, painter Elizabeth Kuth, dancers Lisa McKhann and Regina Laroche, and digital artist Joellyn Rock. Quick exercises lead individuals into exploring with a light touch. The results are sketches, doodles, drafts, collages and movements of vivid self-expression. Participants will be able to combine their spoken word, artwork and movement in a short video remix at UMD.

Offered by Project Lulu and Caring Ways Cancer Resource Center, Arts Express costs each participant only $20 for 10 hours of guided writing, drawing and dancing, plus an optional 4 hours for video re-mixing. This is “art for anybody,” assures Arts Express Lisa McKhann founder, “no experience is needed. Folks can be any age and any stage along the path of dealing with a cancer diagnosis, even years later.”

Workshop Details:

10 hours of Creative Time
Saturday, September 30 and October 7
10:00 am – 3:00 pm
Duluth Art Institute’s Lincoln Center
2229 West 2nd Street, Duluth MN

Optional Video Collage Session
Tuesday, October 10 or October 17
3:00 pm – 7:00 pm

UMD – Motion & Media Across Disciplines (MMAD) Lab

There is a $20 registration fee; otherwise, all activities are free to participants. Space is limited to 18 people.  To Register: 
 Send your contact information (phone number & email address) and $20 registration fee, payable to Project Lulu, to: 
Project Lulu, 2109 Minnesota Ave., Duluth, MN 55802

For more information about this Arts Express workshop, please email project director, Jeanne Riese:

Creative time for cancer survivors and caregivers in the expressive arts workshops is offered thanks to a Partners In Arts Participation grant received from the Minnesota State Arts Board. The Partnership is between Caring Ways Cancer Resource Center and the Duluth-based nonprofit, Project Lulu, which offers expressive arts programs. Other grant-supported activities include a new workbook, My Arts Express Play Book, with easy prompts from Arts Express artist-teacher, sample works from past participants, plus space to draw and write. This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.

Special Thanks to: University of Minnesota Duluth, Department of Art & Design, and the Motion and Media Across Disciplines Lab.