Jun 21-23, 2024

Mildred’s Lane and ENGN present: Adapt and Thrive: Youth Career Workshop & Open House

A creative workshop, led by Caroline Preziosi and Tom Bosket of ENGN for youth & community centered around defining career opportunities and identifying skills applicable to our individual and communal ecosystems, co-conceived by Mildred’s Lane and ENGN, an educational nonprofit based in Callicoon, NY. “Adapt and Thrive” invites participants to create trading cards featuring their unique “adaptations,” drawing on the world of animals, plants, and fantasy characters, as an exercise in thinking through our abilities to survive and thrive in catastrophic times. The workshop interweaves the annual DWLF topic of utopia with themes of the concurrent Mildred’s Lane residency-retreat on interspecies dialogues and class struggle. 

The workshop will think through questions like: What is your own utopian vision? How would you operate in a perfect world, and what kinds of work would you do or not do? What are ways that you see the plants, animals, and humans around you adapting their skills to meet the needs of a changing environment? How can survival skills you have learned and developed through your own life experiences translate into skills applicable to different workspaces? Materials will be available for writing and illustrating trading cards that explore these questions as an approach to identifying a “career” in a more fluid and holistic way.

The workshop will be followed by an open-house at the Mildred Complex(ity), the field office and living archive of experimental arts residency Mildred’s Lane Inc, to showcase student work and invite members of the public to participate in conversation and creation. 

This event is organized as part of Mildred’s Lane 2024 TOWN FRIDAY event series, which is supported in part with funding from a Sullivan County Arts & Heritage Grant, funded by the Sullivan County Legislature and administered by Delaware Valley Arts Alliance. 

Jun 21, 3:00pm
3pm Workshop
5pm Open House
Mildred Complex(ity) , 37B Main Street, Narrowsburg, NY

Mildred's Lane

Mildred’s Lane is an experimental residency program for art & ecology, headquartered in Narrowsburg, New York. A center for collaborative and interdisciplinary practice, Mildred’s Lane hosts a diverse program of intensive residency sessions, symposia, and events. Bibliophantics is a recurring session for readers & writers, focusing annually on timely topics in contemporary literature.


ENGN is an educational non-profit based in Callicoon, NY. We develop documentary FILMS and DRAWING initiatives to generate discussion and connection with neighbors.

Caroline Preziosi

Caroline Preziosi is a poet, artist, and educator based between Callicoon, NY and Baltimore, MD. She serves on the board of ENGN Civic Creative Center, an educational non-profit, and teaches interdisciplinary writing and film workshops with Baltimore Youth Film Arts.

Thomas Bosket

Thomas Bosket was awarded his MFA from Yale University in 1995 and is regarded by the New York Times as one of the world’s leading color theory experts. He has pursued drawing, as a human behavior rather than a product, and explored how it plays a dominant role in supporting creative learning environments such as with his recent venture ENGN – connecting civics, art, and life.

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