Laura Isaac: Mindset of Mastery

Artist INC room 114
4747 Troost, Kansas City, MO 64110

Monday, January 27th
6:30 - 8:00pm

Doors open at 6:00 pm and speakers begin promptly at 6:30 pm.  The Third Space series is free and open to the public.  As seating for the event is limited, advance registration is requested.  To confirm your participation, please click on the "Register Now" button below. ​​

According to current research, it takes 10,000 Hours of directed practice (constantly pushing yourself and training at the edge of your abilities) to become an expert at something. What does it feel like to consciously pursue mastery? What is an expert? What changes about us when we acquire new skills? Unlike any time before, the resources available to us are astounding; pursuing knowledge and self-directed skill development is just a few clicks away. But, even so, being at the edge of our abilities is uncomfortable. How can we push ourselves towards mastery without going crazy? What do games and puzzles have to do with learning anyway? How does a primal instinct interfere with learning state of the art technology and, better yet, how can I make it stop? 

This workshop will examine ways to best make use of the resources readily available to support you in your journey towards mastery, look at some of the basic biology behind learning, get tips and tricks to overcome the roadblocks, and talk about what it means to take on the mastery mindset of a "life of learning."

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Laura Isaac
10,000 Hours - One Year's Progress (March 2011/March 2012)

About the Speaker: 

Laura Isaac
Laura Isaac is an interdisciplinary artist living and working in Kansas City. Currently, Laura is in the midst of a long-term performance/visual project called 10,000 Hours tracking and documenting the development of mastery by learning to knit. Now at just over a quarter of the way through the project she is a professional knitter and receiving recognition for her knitted art. In 2012, her temporary knitted installation on the Alexander Calder sculpture, La Grande Vitesse, in Grand Rapids, Michigan was placed on the ArtPrize Top-Five Urban-Space Award Short List by juror Susan Szenasy. Laura is a 2013 Rocket Grant and Inspiration Grant recipient and a 2013-2014 Charlotte Street Foundation Studio Resident. 

In early 2013 she founded Isaac & Isaac with musician/composer James Isaac to create large cross-disciplinary collaborative projects. Laura has shown her work in galleries and arts venues throughout the United States including Kansas City, Santa Fe, Miami, and New York. Laura received her Master's in Studio Art from The University of Missouri - Kansas City.

Artist INC is a collaborative partnership of Mid-America Arts Alliance and the UMKC Innovation Center. Major support is provided by the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation 
and the Missouri Arts Council.

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Funded in part through a cooperative agreement with the US Small Business Administration. Programs are extended to the public on a non-discriminatory basis. Reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities will be made if requested at least two weeks in advance. Contact Lisa Cordes at

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