Talks + Teaching

Julie graduated from Wesleyan University with an M.A in Performance Curation in 2016 and from Butler University with a B.S. in Dance and Arts Administration with a Journalism minor in 2005. She is available to teach and speak about culture, performance, community engagement and writing for classes of varying lengths and for students at all levels of experience, including adults, university students, as well as youth and teens.

As a lecturer, Potter taught in the experiential learning course called Arts In Context, at Stanford University weaving theory and practice, and Dance Thinking, a workshop at ODC providing tools for thinking critically about dance. She has been a guest speaker and moderator for a variety of public arts and culture panels and conversations. Please get in touch to learn more.



Julie Potter






Arts in Context: The Process of Cultural Production | Stanford University

The blues project, March 18, 2017

The blues project, March 18, 2017

A combination of practical skill-building and real world experience, this course will provide students with the foundational skills necessary to work in the arts. Throughout the quarter, students will work in small groups with professional mentors to plan and produce an arts program in a public institution. This experiential learning will be interspersed with lectures on best practices in the knowledge areas they will be working through including curatorial practice and programming (for visual, performing & community engagement); grant writing and other fundraising methodology; budgeting and financial management; contracts and other legal considerations; and public relations and marketing. Created and led by Ellen Oh.


Dance Thinking | ODC Theater

Rachael Lincoln and Leslie Seiters in “People Like You”

Rachael Lincoln and Leslie Seiters in “People Like You”

A workshop providing tools for thinking critically about performance. Developed as the 2013 ODC Writer in Residence.

The time you spend on art is the time it spends with you; there are no shortcuts, no crash courses, no fast tracks. There is only the experience. What art can do is prompt in us authentic desire. By that I mean it can waken us to truths about ourselves and our lives; truths that normally lie suffocated under the pressure of the twenty-four hour emergency zone called real life. Art can bring us back to consciousness, sometimes quiet, sometimes dramatically, but the responsibility to act on what we find, is ours. - Jeanette Winterson


Creative Development Plans + Individualized Curricula | YBCA

the intersection of arts and wellness

the intersection of arts and wellness

Like having a coach for your art life, a sort of librarian, concierge or creative case manager, I work as an experienced and caring arts educator with those who wish to deepen cultural participation by learning about values, experiences, wants and dislikes. The session serves to identify creative goals and resources for tailored referrals to cultural experiences and organizations. The interaction draws loosely from the case management model used in social work, as well as Rogerian human-centered therapy communication approaches.

The incorporation of individualized curricula or “Creative Development Plans”, originally designed at YBCA, reflects values of customized learning to enhance creative agency and meaning-making for broad and diverse constituencies. Once someone becomes more comfortable navigating culture, they move toward self-directed participation. 


Cultivating a Commons of Aesthetic and Affective Fullness (or What I Learned Watching the Audience Watch the Show) paper presentation, Dance Studies Association conference: Dancing in Common, August 11, 2019

Exploring Diverse Perspectives in Curatorial Practice panelist, APAP, January 6, 2017

Collective Approaches: State of the Arts and Society panelist, Emergence, May 30, 2015

Making Art a Habit with YBCA:You –  A Math Teacher and an Accountant Walk Into an Art Center… presenter, NAMP, November 9 2013; Arts Reach, October 25 2013; DER Panel, October 11, 2013; Western Museums Association, November 7, 2014

The Emerging Role of the Citizen Critic | Panelist, APAP, January 11, 2014

Re-imagining the Box: R&D, Innovation and Future Thinkers in the Arts and Culture Sector panelist, SOMArts, May 13, 2013

Deborah Hay Solo Adaptations | Moderator, Noh Space, December 13, 2013

Trends in Curatorial Practice: The Value and Values of Performing Arts Curators panelist, ODC Theater, October 29, 2012

Collaborators in Situ moderator at Emergence, presented by Emerging Arts Professionals in partnership with YBCA, June 4, 2012

The Artist/Administrator Balancing Act project organizer, presented by Emerging Arts Professionals in partnership with the San Francisco Foundation, May 23, 2012

Artist As Citizen and Public Art Partnerships project organizer, presented by Emerging Arts Professionals at Intersection for the Arts, April 24, 2012

Dance/NYC Junior Advisory Committee member, Bridging the Generation Gap panelist, 2008-09

Leadership Through Governance executive director panel moderator, 2008