October is a great time for artists in the Twin Cities area to amp up their business skills. Whether looking for information on how to fund work, market it or find a space for it, upcoming classes are available for creatives at all levels.
Free and reasonably priced classes, panel discussions, and webinars are coming up from Springboard for the Arts, Creative Capital and Walker Art Center.
Springboard for the Arts is hosting a variety of opportunities his month including the following:
- Leasing and Buying Property
- Legal Clinic for Creatives
- Curator & Gallery Owner Panel
- Funding Panel (postponed until November)
For artists needing a space for a performance or installation Leasing and Buying Property will help navigate the process of working with leases, rental agreements, financing and landlords. On Oct. 17 a panel of artists, attorneys and real estate professionals will help to demystify the process of leasing or buying commercial property in the Twin Cities.
The Legal Clinic for Creatives is a pop-up legal clinic for artists to schedule a 30-minute appointment on Oct. 22 with an attorney specializing in arts and entertainments law. Meetings could cover topics including copyright, trademarks, contract review or business organization. Limited number of appointments available.
During the Curator & Gallery Owner Panel on Oct. 24, hear how curators and gallery owners prefer to be approached, how they choose work to exhibit, and how or why they decide to develop long-term relationships with artists.
Originally scheduled for earlier this month, the Funding Panel has been postponed until Nov. 27. Covering the many aspects of grant funding, this panel is composed of experts from local funders who will give advice about what makes a good (or a bad) proposal.
Register for any of the above classes on Springboard for the Arts’ website.
Creative Capital created the Professional Development Program (PDP) to help the broad community of artists build sustainable careers. On Monday, Oct. 15, Dread Scott will lead a 90-minute webinar on various aspects of marketing for artists including defining goals, developing messaging and building audiences. Webinar: Creating a Marketing Strategy will review case studies of artists who have used both traditional and nontraditional ways to market their work.
Additionally, Walker Art Center presents Creative Entrepreneurship: A Conversation with Kickstarter Cofounder Yancey Strickler on Oct. 25. Strickler will discuss the inspiration and evolution of Kickstarter, as described by Details magazine as having the “potential to … spark a modern Renaissance.” He also will address ways that its success has changed funding for artists and what he predicts the future holds for social funding. The lecture will be in the Walker Cinema and is free and open to the public.