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NYFA Learning/Professional Development encompasses New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) professional development programs, which include panels, workshops, individual consultations, and training opportunities. To be notified of any events, workshops, and open calls, please sign up here

Established in 1971 as an independent organization to serve individual artists throughout the state, the mission of New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) is to empower emerging artists and arts organizations across all disciplines at critical stages in their creative lives and professional/organizational development. In 2009, we extended our programs and services throughout the United States and the international community.

Apply Now | Two-Day Artist as Entrepreneur Program for Visual Artists in the Washington, D.C. Metro Area

Applications are now open for this professional development program, presented by New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA), in partnership with Alper Initiative for Washington Art at the American University Museum  (AUM), and provided to selected participants free of charge through the support of the Stephen & Palmina Pace Foundation. 

Open to visual artists (painting, photography, sculpture and installation, ceramics, folk art and traditional, craft, printmaking, drawing and book arts, performance art, film, video and new media) the program has been customized to fit the needs artists in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area. 

The Artist as Entrepreneur Program offers the fundamental principles of sustainability—and ultimately profitability—in the arts. This includes topics such as strategic planning, finance, and marketing. Additional material is drawn from NYFA’s popular textbook, The Profitable Artist (Allworth Press, 2018), now in its second edition. Participants have access to flexible and dynamic entrepreneurial tools such as the “Artists Action Plan” and Business Model Canvas (BMC) that provide a blueprint for your practice or specific projects. The structure is a blend of formal lectures and breakout groups, designed to build community among the participants and encourage ongoing dialogue, collaborations and support. 

Artists of all career stages, including students, are encouraged to apply. Participants will be  selected through a panel review process. Please view the required application materials. 

Title: Artist as Entrepreneur

Date: Saturday, May 18, 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM and Sunday, May 19, 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Location: Alper Initiative for Washington Art on the first floor of the American University Museum 4400 Massachusetts Avenue NW, Washington, D.C. 20016

Attendance is mandatory on both dates. Please check your calendar before applying.

Apply by Wednesday, April 17, 11:59 PM EST.

Eligibility:

  • Open to visual artists (painting, photography, sculpture and installation, ceramics, folk art and traditional, craft, printmaking, drawing and book arts, performance art, film, video and new media)
  • Artists living and working in the Washington D.C. Metropolitan Area as well as MFA students studying at American University and other universities in the surrounding area . 

Guidelines:

For the application, you are asked to provide:

  • Your career goals and why you are interested in applying to this program (required)
  • A narrative bio highlighting your professional career (required)
  • A link to your website or online social media presence (required) 

*First time users will need to register with Submittable to access the application portal.

Notification: Accepted applicants will be notified on or before Monday, April 29, 2019

Questions? Email learning@nyfa.org.

The Artist as Entrepreneur is made possible through the support of the Stephen & Palmina Pace Foundation.

NYFA Learning/Professional Development