This season’s Art Bikers team has been busy in various training sessions that include time to understand the goals of the program; community arts and community building; safety in the studio, while traveling together by bicycle, and while working in the field with participants of all ages; exploring various art mediums; anti-oppression and intercultural competency; and bicycle maintenance — among others. It’s a deep period of learning, reflection and skill building in anticipation of the dynamic season ahead.
The training period — which lasts almost a month — is also a time for the Art Bikers to begin collaborating, understand how best to support one another, get oriented and help support a healthy and vibrant studio ecology, and bring their skills and talents to the team. The Art Bikers develop a Working Together Agreement that creates a framework for strong communication, emotional/physical/spiritual wellbeing, and strategies for thriving in their fieldwork alongside participants.
Here are a few highlights from training, so far, in Season 13.