2017-2018 “Office Hours”

My “office hours” are carrying on in 2017, with partners Artist Trust and the Jini Dellaccio Project. Every month I reserve the second and fourth Wednesday afternoon  for conversations with anyone who wants to sign up. I put the term “office hours” in quotes because it sounds more formal than they are and they tend to last more than an hour. They’re more like coffee breaks, tea time, or happy hour.

Signing up. December, January, and February slots are here. I’ll be on Orcas Island on January 24, so those conversations will be by phone, unless you’re also on Orcas.

1:30, December 13  FILLED
3:30, December 13  FILLED
1:30, December 27  FILLED
3:30, December 27
1:30, January 10  FILLED
3:30, January 10  FILLED
1:30, January 24 (phone)
3:30, January 24 (phone)
1:30, February 14  FILLED
3:30, February 14  FILLED
1:30, February 28. FILLED
3:30, February 28. FILLED

If you want to sign up, just send an email <aafocke@gmail.com> noting which time/date you’d like, a phone number, and a quick note of what’s on your mind if you want. It would be helpful if you put “office hours” in the subject line. I’d love to talk with you!

How this got started.  The idea was based on memorable conversations I’ve had in the past few years with people who wanted advice or just wanted to talk. The conversations ultimately seemed to matter to both of us. This gave me the sense that someone with seven decades of life and work behind them might have experience that’s useful or interesting to someone else.

Artist Trust and I started this experiment last fall and it has given me the opportunity to meet extraordinary people I hadn’t known before and to spend time with old friends. It allows for the kind of focused time that feels luxurious but that we give ourselves so seldom. Each one takes its own course, and the form remains just as open-ended as it started.

Connecting.   We meet at Artist Trust or sometimes by phone. We often walk down the street to a nearby coffee shop, or we simply walk and talk . Sometimes I’ve gone to someone’s home in the Capitol Hill neighborhood and I once participated in a class at Gage Academy of Art.

Come use me as a sounding board, pick my brain, catch up on our lives, or try out new ideas. Office hours are open to anyone.  Let’s talk!


These conversations are possible because of support from the Jini Dellaccio Project, a fiscally-sponsored project of Artist Trust.