Free Marketing Classes with Renne at the Jamestown S’Klallam Tribal Library

Jamestown Tribal Library Classes

Jamestown Tribal Library Classes

Register Now! Take FREE Small Business Marketing Classes in April with me, Renne Emiko Brock-Richmond, through the Jamestown S’Klallam Tribal Library sponsored by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation​ and Washington State Library. Registration is Required! Contact library@jamestowntribe.org or 360-582-5783 to learn about social media, WordPress websites, and more!

Thursdays 5:45 – 8:00 PM

April 9th: Marketing Basics

April 16th: Using Social Media Effectively

April 23rd: Basic Website Design

April 30th: Building Your Website Using WordPress

May 7th: More WordPress Marketing Tools and Wrap-Up

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Lead By Example

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“Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.” – Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

What matters to you? How do you lead by example?

This image is from my “seasonal celebration series” from April 2012.

What is your incentive?

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What motivates you? For my Peninsula College Media 145 Directing and Production class, their first video assignment is a 30 second Incentive video about what personally motivates students into action. I always encourage the use of humor in these projects and Josue’s video is still one of my favorites. Enjoy! http://youtu.be/u6iMRAeKxOk

“Incentives” copyright 2013 by Josue Cadenas

What’s your incentive or motivation?

progress plunge – encouraging students to embrace action

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Detail from multimedia sculpture progress plunge.

Because I teach expression and engagement with technology, there can be a high level of frustration and fear of failure that the students feel. So much of this is brand new and things can go wrong that are unseen or misunderstood and out of the control of the student and the instructor. We joke about having tissues on hand in front of the computer because we take these problems personally.

I often remind students that I reward effort. They need to just do something! We learn by participating, not sitting on our hands at the edge of the education abyss with our eyes closed and ears plugged. I encourage my students to take the plunge because they might find out they know how to fly and soar higher than they ever expected. And, it is okay to fall and fail once and a while to be grounded, gain perspective, and take the hand of another to help launch someone else who is ready to fly.

About the artwork progress plunge:

How do we embrace ideals of action, adventure and change with the safety of contentment? Take on a decisive manner with faith in creating change on your own. Not much happens unless you toss a metaphorical stone into a pond to cause it to ripple. Create waves. At the same time, navigate predicaments with the hopeful view that there are no dead ends, only U-turns. Hurdles are placed before us to create opportunities to show how high we can strive. Energetically select paths that challenge to reach humble gratification. Find comfort in choice.

The square spiral is an ancient symbol of homecoming. The maze means movement, decisions and the path of life. Knots intertwine to illustrate continuous connections and your part of an infinite legacy. Woven structures express collaboration of many single parts bound together stronger than alone. The ripple demonstrates the reward of action.

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FAQ to Renne: How many shoes do you have?

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I did this chart for my Intro to Excel class at Peninsula College and then used it as a demonstration for my Website Design Basics class on how the “publicize” feature works with a WordPress blog.

Yeah, double dipping!

Celebrating Presents

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This past week my high school friend, Reed, had a birthday and we chatted on Facebook after giving him birthday wishes. There he gave me permission to pester him to get off his butt and do art again. Of course, I jumped at the opportunity and gave him an assignment right then and there! If you know me, I love to give homework! I suggested that he do a photo essay about presents. I didn’t just mean gifts, but a sense of time, production, and your portrayal.

I am sure Reed is busy working on this assignment. I gave him a week, my students will vouch I am very forgiving for tardiness if there is good reason. So, that made me think about what I got for Christmas gifts and how it would relate to my presents challenge.

I received a box of chocolate toffee from my Uncle Paul along with many other treats and sweets from relatives. Food has always brought my family together, as well as, made us late for many other things. We are known for lollygagging standing around while eating cookies or candy. Those are quality moments with family while someone is waiting in the car to get a move on.

My parents got me red gloves I can use with my phone, a white sweater, and pearls. All quite special and bring out the best in me. I adore learning and teaching technology to help people express themselves, promote their superpowers, and stay connected with family, friends, and the future.

Because I value customization so much, most of my supplies to create apparel are white so I can dye them. I am terribly fussy about the hues I wear, so the gift of a white sweater assures I can dye it just the right shade of orange or yellow or red I need. My colorful appearance is my art and a way to encourage others to be their best selves.

Lastly the pearls, not only are the lovely to look at and wear, but they are a symbol I use often in my artwork. Pearls are an icon of wisdom, education, life lessons, and making something wonderful out of a mistake or disappointment.

Lessons learned, I think back to that Commercial Art class Reed and I had together with several dear friends our senior year. I know I didn’t make it easy on myself when I challenged the instructor publicly as an editorial in school newspaper on her disrespect of my classmates’ intellectual property rights and mine. Her conduct just helped push me to be a better educator and arts advocate. That was a present too.

We all have gifts, receive gifts, and give gifts. Having each other in our lives is also a special present we are fortunate to acquire and that I am grateful for.

What presents do you celebrate?