Makers Advisor Program

Hello, and welcome to MAP, the Makers Advisor Program, a service to help artists and makers of all kinds develop their ideas, projects, and strategies. My name is Kurt Peterson, co-founder of Rumah Tangga, and a lifelong learner of art and creative thinking skills. Through MAP I am seeking gifted and dedicated creatives with whom to share what I have learned in order to help them in their path.

Building Rumah Tangga, a home, museum, library, gardens, and education center

As a working artist myself, I am also navigating the world of daily learning and artistic practice and am familiar with its challenges. These challenges are your opportunities which we will uncover through dynamic conversation guided by your abilities and interests. I am here to understand your ideas as well as offer healthy challenges for growth. Whatever level you consider yourself to be at, my work is to meet you there and help take you to the next step. If you need a push, a pull, or a walk-alongside-listener, I can do that.

There are many programs teaching technical skills, but very few which, through an interdisciplinary approach, aim to bring into focus your idea, concept, and result. This is an essential ability in the contemporary art world! What strategies are there to bring our ideas to real life? How can we use our minds, hearts, time, and energy in ways that uncover the best of our ability? How can we both broaden AND strengthen our intelligence, confidence, and output? Ultimately, our goal will be toward the development of a holistic, creative way of being and doing, which may be applied to any practice. I simply believe that a creative life is a fulfilling life. I am confident that this way of being already exists naturally in all of us and only needs to be understood and given the proper nutrition.

In consultation, my first job is to listen, to observe and understand your work and intention. My second job is to ask questions that can help guide you through your process. Together we will uncover your strengths and seek solutions that best apply to your work and learning style through conversation, creative exercises, writing, shared reading, listening, and more. There is no one size fits all formula. Process and perspective are the keys to freeing ourselves up from stuck places and moving forward into our future.

Perspective is key…

Perhaps you are not currently working on “the big one”, a major or specific project, but would simply like to bounce ideas, ask questions, tell your story, or find a way to warm up your creative practice. Maybe you simply want someone to look over your bio, CV, artist proposal, or application. Not only will I help you find opportunities to apply for, I am able to help you in clarifying these kinds of documents, as well as their Bahasa/English translations. 

Artists really are problem solvers. They think differently and that is both their challenge and strength. It is natural that in that process they may feel scattered, have trouble setting goals, organizing their time, feel out of ideas, or even be overwhelmed with too many ideas. Probably, your answer is not far away and by understanding your own process, you can take away creative problem solving tools which can be used again and again. 

There are endless misunderstandings in the world about what it means to be an artist, a maker, a creative, but I can assure you that with the right tools, it is truly rewarding. I look forward to the opportunity to work with you. For details, download the MAP application form and return to rumahtangga.org@gmail.com.

Please take a moment as well to look through the Rumah Tangga website if you would like to learn more about the work going on here. Also, here are links to my own artist bio, website, and CV if you would like to know more about who I am and how I might be able to contribute to your practice.

Very Best,

Kurt D. Peterson
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MAP application form .pdf // MAP application form .docx