Doing Good Well

Image: Her Soliloquy Boundary Waters, (detail), Natalie Salminen Rude

CIVA presents the fifth gathering for women in the arts:
Doing Good Well 2020

Sometimes things just don’t work out as planned. So, we’re going digital! Continued social distancing measures don’t take away the need for women artists of faith to gather, pause, and focus on who God has called us to be. Transformative community experiences might be even more crucial now than ever. Therefore, CIVA has adapted portions of the Doing Good Well curriculum to create a half-day workshop. That’s right, we’re converting the retreat into a mini virtual happening sure to stretch and inspire all.  The highly participatory workshop will help you explore your strengths, reframe challenges, and engage in your creativity with a renewed sense of vision. Join with other Christian women passionate about the arts for this half-day intensive.

Event Details

Saturday, July 11, 2020
11:00 AM – 2:30 PM (Central)

  • Session 1: Stillness, Sabbath, and Strengths (110 minutes)
  • 20 minute break
  • Session 2: Successes, Failures, and Moving Forward (80 minutes)

$20 Registration Fee [NOTE : Participants must have completed the StrengthsFinder assessment in the last 5 years or complete it before the retreat. Cost is approximately $20 Top 5 CliftonStrengths ]
*Details including link to join video conference will be sent to registered participants prior to the event.


Laura Cootsona has been affiliated with Christians in the Visual Arts for over 25 years. As a supporter of artists and a lover of art, Cootsona offers her organizational, spiritual development, and leadership skills to equip women of faith to live out their callings. Laura was a founding member of the leadership team behind Doing Good Well and has trained up scores of leaders. By day, Laura is Executive Director of the Jesus Center, an organization serving those experiencing homelessness in Chico, California. Cootsona holds a Masters in Nonprofit Administration (MNA) from University of San Francisco and a BA from UC Berkeley in Religious Studies. When she is not at work, Laura enjoys time with her two daughters (22 and 25), biking, reading, swimming, taking pictures, hanging out with friends, and traveling.

Kim Garza is an Associate Professor of Graphic Design at St. Edward’s University in Austin, Texas. Besides creating engaging experiences for students, she leads campus programming on vocational exploration and career preparation. She works on creative projects as a user experience designer and an experimental filmmaker in collaboration with her singer-songwriter husband, and she is a mom of two boys. Kim has been an active CIVA member since 2001 and serves in leadership with Doing Good Well. She holds a B.A. from Anderson University and a Master of Graphic Design (M.G.D.) from North Carolina State University.

Who Should Attend?
The ideal participant for Doing Good Well will be a Christian woman who is passionate about the arts, whether she be a fine artist, designer, art historian, art critic, arts administrator, student, educator, or theologian. She desires to see her Christian faith and creativity come together to influence positive change.

Doing Good Well is open to women of all ages and ability, who are current CIVA members, as space allows. In previous years, interested parties submitted an application. For the 2020 program we have pivoted to an open registration—no application necessary. As noted above, participants must share the Top5 results of their StrengthsFinder assessment, taken in the last 5 years, with the leadership prior to the retreat.