We offer affordable professional development workshops for creatives and arts administrators.

Tuition is waived for those facing financial hardship. Contact us to request a scholarship. Our webinars use Zoom’s automated captions (also known as live transcription) feature. For in-person workshops, American Sign Language interpreters and other reasonable accommodations are available upon request.

For Individuals


Fall 2023

This series is designed to increase the business savvy of our region’s artists.

Anatomy of a Contract

Monday, October 16, 5:00-6:30 PM
Metro Theater Company, 3311 Washington in Grand Center

Although many of us prefer to conduct our business on a handshake, vague verbal agreements can result in ugly mis­understandings. Attorney Adam Shulenburger will provide negotiation tips and cover contract basics. He’ll also walk through a model freelance work agreement.

Record Keeping for Freelancers and Self-Employed Creatives

Monday, October 30, 5:00-6:30 PM
Metro Theater Company, 3311 Washington in Grand Center

Back by popular demand! This record keeping workshop is for creatives of all disciplines who receive fees, grants, and other business income. We’ll explain why accurate record keeping is important, show you how to keep track of your income and expenses, and review the most common Schedule C deductions. (Your $10 registration fee may be tax-deductible!) Getting organized now will streamline your tax preparation and ensure that you don’t pay more than you really owe. This workshop is highly recommended for creatives who received Regional Arts Commission artist support grants. VLAA Executive Director Sue Greenberg is the presenter.

MO Sales Tax 101

Monday, November 13, 5:00-6:30 PM
Metro Theater Company, 3311 Washington in Grand Center

Does sales tax make you cringe? Accountant Jessica Seiffert, Rubin Brown, makes it less daunting by covering all the basics, including how to register for a sales tax permit,e-commerce, selling artwork in art fairs, or how you should explain the difference between services and tangible property to your clients. Our special guest is Shayba Muhammad, metalsmith and creative entrepreneur.

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Saturday, September 30, 9:30 to 11:00 AM
High Low Listening Room, 3301 Washington in Grand Center

Whether you’re thinking about forming a limited liability company or already have one, find out if this business structure really is for you. Business Attorney Rene Morency will cover all the basics, including how to establish and run an LLC, operating agreements, when you can be held personally liable and how LLCs are taxed. Twenty-minute consultations with lawyer-accountant teams will follow.

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For Organizations


Monday and Tuesday, December 11 and 12
4:00 to 6:30 PM

Metro Theater Company, 3311 Washington in Grand Center

This two-session seminar is co-presented by the Arts and Education Council, Missouri Arts Council and Regional Arts Commission. The first session covers working with a board of directors, marketing, fund-raising, and financial management. Participants receive a 75-page manual. Tuesday’s interactive, jargon-free session 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. Learn together: tuition is $20 and $5 for each additional person from the same organization who attends. Sorry, no discounts for attending just one session.

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Thursday and Friday, December 7 and 8
9:00 AM to 1:00 PM

Anders CPAs + Advisors, 800 Market (downtown)

This hands-on training for users with little or no accounting or QuickBooks experience is team taught by Anders CPAs + Advisors. The training will cover QuickBooks Online and includes presentations on bookkeeping basics and payroll. Tuition is $40 per organization plus $15 for each additional person from the same organization. Free parking will be available.

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