Art+Ideas explores the intersection of the creative arts—filmmaking, the visual and performance arts, traditional art making, poetry, creative nonfiction, culinary arts—and the humanities. 
Through an ongoing series of immersive and experiential workshops, along with readings, conversations and presentations with students, teachers, scholars, writers, artists, chefs and the larger public, Humanities Guåhan will engage our community around timely topics and ideas relevant to Guam and the Asia-Pacific region through creative and artistic forms of expression and interpretation. 
Workshops will take place online in accordance with social distancing guidelines during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Past Programs from this Series
May 2020 Online Workshop: Visual Storytelling with Filmmaker Brian Muña


Thank you to local photographer and filmmaker Brian Muña for leading a two-part online workshop on the art of  visual storytelling. Also, thank you to community members for joining us and sharing your ideas and short films! 
In workshop session 1, Brian showed participants how to create a blueprint for shooting a mini documentary using a mobile phone and minimal on-hand gear. He explored elements such as choosing a story, various genres, low budget tools and apps to consider, and framing and composition. 
In workshop session 2, he covered mood and lighting in relation to storytelling, and participants shared the short films they created over the course of the week. Most of session 2 was dedicated to giving feedback on the short films and answering questions. This session provided space for open discussion and allowed all members to delve deeper into their specific motivation in creating short films. 
Both sessions spurred insightful discussion on many humanities topics, including gender representation among Pacific filmmakers in the Marianas, the importance and effectiveness of documentaries in illuminating marginalized communities and sharing cultural practices, and the greater need for more films, stories, and perspectives from our island and region.  Brian also encouraged community members to “create experiences and understand people,” and to highlight and explore the people and communities they are not familiar with. In creating documentaries, he likewise stressed the importance of delving into stories that are close to home, searching for the unexpected in people that are familiar to you, and building trust with your interviewees in order to capture authentic stories. 
Art+Ideas is supported in part by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, The Guam Council on the Arts and Humanities Agency, Government of Guam, and the Office of the Governor.


Workshop Information: 

Session 1: May 23 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. 
Session 2: May 30 from 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.  

Participants will explore the art of visual storytelling, learn about composition, and create a 1-2 minute film or documentary with their mobile phone or device of choice.  

Required materials for the workshop: a mobile phone or other recording device, headphones, and a reliable internet connection. Workshop participants are also encouraged to use a computer and find a quiet space for the duration of the workshop. 

For more information, email Program Coordinator Nicole Dueñas at  

Filmmaker Brian Muña is a Guam International Film Festival (GIFF) awardee, best known for his short films, “Luther” and “Plastic Bag.”