August 2022 - Meet the artists, self-guided residencies, it's our birthday!

Meet the first two artists for our fall residency

Lisa Shen

LISA SHEN is a Chinese-Canadian writer and spoken word artist based in Toronto, Canada. Her work centers on gender-based violence and disability rights. Lisa is the first place winner of the 2021 Mississauga Poetry Slam, and a Speaker at the TEDx McMasterU 2022 conference. She is also the winner of the May Open Drawer Poetry Contest by Britta Badour. She has performed at several arts festivals, including the JAYU Human Rights Film Festival and Humainologie Short Story Festival. As a passionate teacher, Lisa has created and instructed debate classes for youth. She is passionate about bringing the joys of spoken word into classrooms through workshops and showcases.

Daisy Kew

DAISY KEW is a queer, Welsh and Indigenous artistborn and raised in the Inland Empire. They have been practicing for the last four years exploring photography, painting, video production, and ceramics. They are a recent graduate of the BFA program at California State University, San Bernadino. As a multidisciplinary, they are interested in the relationship between people, their bodies, and the land as well as the way that exploring those concepts through various, and a combination of mediums can change the illustration of those relationships.

Self-guided residencies and retreat

Our self-guided residencies provide with a space for personal reflection and an opportunity to focus on their work, in a beautiful natural setting in the redwoods. Self-guided residencies include fully equipped, private living quarters and a personal studio space. We intend for self- guided residencies to be mutually symbiotic for the artists and for the Creekside Arts Community.

Residents will be invited to make themselves at home on the Creekside Arts grounds, and to participate in weekly neighborhood gatherings.

Residents will be asked to enhance our community with a showing of their work, Q&A or other offering.

As with our Residency Programs, preference will be given to applications that demonstrate a project focus on what is dear to our community: land, place, community, nature, education, and social and political consciousness.

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One Year ! . . .

It was one year ago this July that we here at Creekside Arts became a Dream Maker Project of the Ink People. And what a year it has been! A year filled with performances, workshops and of course our first three week artist in residency program.

We take this opportunity to share much of the year with you through photographs and comments from folks who participated in our events

Oh yes, if you want to celebrate our birthday with us go to our support page on our website and become a member! Your donation will be much appreciated as we provide more artistic opportunities for the people of Humboldt County!


Creekside Arts is  designed and created to bring together artistic residencies, workshops and performances. Our goal is to create an environment in which creative artists and audiences interact in a positive and structured way to learn from and inform each other and then bring that learning into the larger Humboldt community. To that end Creekside Arts is committed to equity and welcomes people from diverse cultures, backgrounds and experiences.