Artist INC Live Participants Announced
Artist INC is a nationally-recognized arts entrepreneurship program designed to give artists from all disciplines the business training and support needed to strengthen their art practice and grow their arts business. Artist INC Live in Springdale is presented in partnership with Mid-America Arts Alliance.
Artists are selected for the program through a competitive application process and panel comprised of the leadership of local arts organizations and Artist INC alumni, representing a range of artistic disciplines. Criteria for acceptance are focused on the quality of artistic work, with consideration given for an artist’s career goals and overall readiness for the program.
Jenni Taylor Swain, Executive and Artistic Director, Arts Center of the Ozakrs: “Bringing the Artist INC program to NWA is a great opportunity to strengthen the creative community and for our artists to develop meaningful relationships with artists outside of their discipline, while also learning the business skills to create a sustainable career.” Swain explains, “Artist INC reflects the Arts Center of the Ozarks commitment to discovering and nurturing emerging talent from Northwest Arkansas.”
The Artist INC Live workshop addresses the specific business needs and challenges artists of all disciplines face every day. Artists gather for one night a week for eight weeks to learn business skills specific to their art practice and work to hone and apply those skills cooperatively with their peers. Using an innovative class design, artists learn and grow together through artist facilitator mentoring, small group application activities, as well as large group discussion and multi-media lecture. Through mentorship, expert presentations, and peer networks artists will gain:
- Tools and skills in arts planning, marketing, finance, law and technology;
- An increased knowledge of and ability to access local and national art business resources;
- A strategic artist’s plan for pursuing, marketing and sustaining their art; and
- A long-term network of cross-discipline, diverse artists to provide peer learning and support into the future.
Peer facilitators for Artist INC Live in Springdale are Sonia Gutierrez/Film and Installation, Bryan Hembree/Singer Songwriter, Matt Miller/Painter, Kat Wilson/Photographer and Film, Sharon Killian/Pastels.