Artist as Entrepreneur: A New Initiative to Support Visual Artists

February 28, 2014

Press Release

The Arts Council of Greater Baton Rouge, in partnership with the Arts Council of New Orleans, announces a new professional development program for visual artists, Artist as Entrepreneur.

An eight session, twenty-hour program for advancing visual artists, Artist as Entrepreneur works with you to develop a career plan for your creative business. Working with a combination of lecture and small work groups, the program takes artists through the development of marketing materials, basic finance, web and social media development, and career outlets such as galleries, museums, markets, and public art.

The Artist as Entrepreneur program begins Tuesday, April 15, 2014 at the Arts Council offices (427 Laurel Street). Classes run Tuesdays from 4:30 to 6:30pm through June 3.

Class Schedule
All sessions 4:30 to 6:30pm
April 15 Class 1: Arts Business Overview
April 22 Class 2: The Economics of Visual Art
April 29 Class 3: Self Promotion
May 6 Class 4: Marketing via the web and Social Media
May 13 Class 5: Creating an Artist Brand
May 20 Class 6: Venues: Galleries, Art Shows, and Public Art
May 27 Class 7: Creating a personal business plan
June 3 Class 8: Career Planning and goal setting

Program participants will have the opportunity to exhibit their work in a fall exhibition at the Arts Council’s Firehouse Gallery.

Deadline for applications is April 1, 2014. The application can be downloaded here. The fee for the program is $100, which includes an Arts Council annual membership. A $25 non-refundable deposit will hold your spot.

The program is limited to 20 participants.

Questions about the program can be directed to Sarah Cortell Vandersypen, Grants & Community Development Director, at (225) 344-8558 x 226 or [email protected].


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