A brand new program tailor-made for artists will goal to information these of all artistic disciplines trying to increase and faucet into the enterprise aspect of artwork by offering weekly seminars that deal with the enterprise wants and challenges artists face.
Artist INC Topeka, a program based by the Mid-America Arts Alliance, might be hosted domestically by ArtsConnect. Purposes should be submitted by Jan. 15 and may be discovered at artstopeka.org/artistinc.
A “What Works” workshop might be held 2 p.m. Jan. 4 for artists inquisitive about studying extra about this system.
The eight-week program, which might be held through Zoom beginning in March, will cowl a wide range of subjects together with strategic planning and aim setting, constructing a private model, budgeting and monetary planning, easy methods to fund your observe, easy methods to be an artist as a solopreneur, public talking and creating a web-based presence and sharing art work with the general public.
In response to Sarah Fizell, ArtsConnect government director and administrator of Artist INC Topeka, this system not solely advantages the artists however the Topeka group as an entire.
“Having our artists have the ability to go from having a number of jobs to simply being an artist, even when we have been solely in a position to have a number of who make that leap, it is a large deal,” Fizell stated. “It actually begins to construct the artistic sector and that leans into all of these financial growth objectives that we search as a group.”
The Artist INC program, which is obtainable in a number of states, has been hosted in Kansas Metropolis and Lawrence in previous years.
Fizell stated she has been inquisitive about bringing this system to Topeka for fairly a while and is hoping to drag in artists that fall throughout the 80-mile radius set by this system.
“We have had a number of Topeka artists who’ve been in a position to take part in previous years in Lawrence and watching their success, listening to from them about how this program was such a sport changer actually put it into focus for me as the manager director of ArtsConnect how necessary it was that we get it right here,” Fizell stated.
Jancy Pettit and Kathy Pflaum, each Topeka artists, participated in this system when it was supplied in Lawrence.
Pflaum, a fiber artist, stated the most important takeaways for her after finishing this system have been studying what it takes to run a enterprise for artwork from advertising and marketing to funds to networking.
“The opposite factor that actually helped me from Artist INC was having the ability to converse with different artists of all disciplines to have the ability to discover out what has labored for them and what has not,” Pflaum stated. “Additionally, I got here away with a a lot better artist CV, an elevator speech and one of many very first issues they have you ever do is to put in writing your obituary and what you need individuals to find out about you while you’re gone.”
Pflaum stated you will need to keep in mind that each artist getting into this system is in a distinct stage of their artwork profession.
“I used to be extra of starting and simply looking for my method so far as my artwork profession goes,” Pflaum stated. “For me, it was an enormous studying expertise from the standpoint of having the ability to discuss to different artists and different individuals who have realized alongside the best way as nicely. Additionally, simply to have the ability to take heed to specialists about every of the completely different subjects of selling and finance. These issues actually helped me loads.”