Artfully employed

The window of opportunity to grow up to be a ballerina-astronaut-pastry-chef is heartbreakingly easy to miss; before you know it, the vast majority of us end up living inside a Dilbert comic. But while it may feel like you’re forever destined to file TPS reports to some stiff in jerk-face suspenders, the resources available to craft a career like one of those people who are always #livingauthentic seem to sprout up daily, and locally speaking, this week is as good as any to change up the trajectory of your career path if you’re feeling so inclined.

Get started by getting focused: On Thursday, March 3, from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., the Crocker Art Museum (216 O Street) is hosting In the Company of Women, an evening of conversation, self-reflection, creativity and awareness in an artistic setting. Led by museum Director of Education Stacey Shelnut-Hendrick, the class is designed for you to be “open to all possibilities.” Tickets are $55 for members and $70 for nonmembers; more information can be found at

If you’ve already got the inspiration bit down, Verge Center for the Arts (625 S Street) is hosting a two-day silk-screen class on Saturday, February 27, and Sunday, February 28, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. both days. Attendees will learn the basics of printmaking with both stenciling and photo-emulsion techniques that will set you on your way to creating posters, T-shirts and more. Workshop fees are $175 for members and $200 for nonmembers; register at

For more new-media types who are looking to dive into the ever-changing frontier of ways you can actually make money off of being glued to your phone constantly, Outlet Coworking (2110 K Street) is offering a class called Instagramming with the Pros on Saturday, February 27, from 2:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Local ’gram experts and photographers provide instruction on phone-photography basics and techniques as well as maximizing effectiveness on social-media platforms. The class fee is $42 and will include a one-hour “instawalk” to try out new skills; register at