We offer affordable workshops for individual artists and arts organizations. Can’t afford to pay? Please contact us to request a scholarship. Unless otherwise noted, workshops are held at the Regional Arts Commission, 6128 Delmar.
This series is designed to increase the business savvy of our region’s artists. Offered annually, our core seminars cover career planning, marketing, taxes, copyright and contracts/negotiation skills. Additional seminar topics may be discipline specific or how-to. In all, ten Business Edge seminars are offered annually.
Career Planning for Creatives
Monday, Oct. 16 (6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.)
This hands-on workshop will help you examine your career, both professionally and artistically. You’ll learn how to chart a “career path” by setting goals, developing specific strategies and putting your plan into action. Instructors: Keith Tyrone Williams, performer/director/choreographer; Carlie Trosclair, visual artist, and Sue Greenberg, VLAA executive director
Getting Your Project Together
Monday, Oct. 30 (6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.)
Whether you’ll be applying for a grant, launching a crowd funding campaign, pursuing a public art commission or simply doing something new, you’ll need to develop a plan that will win support for your project. Instructors: Brigid Flynn and Liz Deichmann, co-founders of Midwest Artist Project Services (MAPS), and David Hults, Activ8Career Coaching, who will demonstrate mind mapping, a non-linear, visual brainstorming tool.
Your Art, Your Brand: An Artist’s Guide to Being Noticeable and Getting Noticed
Monday, Nov. 13 (6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.)
With a background that blurs the lines between the arts and business savvy, Timmermann Group’s Bronwyn Ritchie is uniquely qualified to lead this discussion on establishing, maintaining and promoting an artist’s brand. Artists of all disciplines will learn the importance of their personal brand messaging and will discover tools and resources that are vital to marketing a personal brand that accomplishes goals when there’s just no time.
Monday, Nov. 20 (6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.)
A well-designed, functional website is an essential promotional tool for both emerging and mid-career artists of every discipline. Benjamin Gandhi-Shepard, Solvm, will provide an overview of best practices. Then you’ll have an opportunity to spend 15 minutes getting one-on-one feedback about your site. Consultations will be scheduled in person that evening and may not be available if you do not register in advance.
In collaboration with Gateway EITC Community Coalition, we offer free tax preparation for qualifying artists in March.
Saturday, Nov. 18, 9:30 a.m. to Noon
Whether you’re thinking about forming a limited liability company or already have one, find out if this business structure really is for you. An attorney will cover all the basics, including how to form and run a LLC, operating agreements, when you can be held personally liable and how LLCs are taxed. Then you’ll have an opportunity to spend 20 minutes talking one-on-one with a volunteer lawyer-accountant team. Consultations are scheduled in person that morning and may not be available if you do not register in advance. Your $15 tuition covers our referral service fee, so you can be matched with an attorney or accountant, if needed, after the clinic.
Accidental Arts Administrator
Monday, Dec. 4 and 11, 4:30-7:00 p.m.
Are you a choreographer who runs a dance company? Did you major in philosophy or art history? Are you someone with a 9-5 job who serves as the treasurer of an arts organization in your “spare” time? You’re an accidental arts administrator! This two-session seminar, which is co-presented by the Arts and Education Council, Missouri Arts Council and Regional Arts Commission, covers working with a board of directors, marketing, fund-raising and financial management. Participants receive a 100-page manual. The second session covers strategic planning. This interactive, jargon-free workshop will help you develop an approach to planning that answers your organization’s big questions and enables your staff and board members to think and act strategically. Advance registration is $20 per organization plus $5 for each additional person from the same organization who attends. Registration at the door is $40 per person. Tuition covers both sessions. Sorry, no discounts for attending just one session.
QuickBooks for Nonprofits
Wednesday, Nov. 8, Noon-4:00 PM and Wednesday Nov. 15, 1:00-4:00 PM
at TechShop, 4260 Forest Park Ave.
This two-session hands-on training for PC users (Desktop and Online versions) with little or no accounting or QuickBooks experience is team taught by Anders CPAs + Advisors. The advance registration fee, which covers both sessions, is $40 per organization plus $15 for each additional person from the same organization.
“Business Edge workshops are a great resource for local artists to not only learn about the business side of their craft but also to network with like-minded artists and form new relationships.”