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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 Monday, April 29, 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 Friday May 3, 2019

“This program is very valuable to artists who are good at creative and need some assistance with the business mindset!! I learned so much about planning my life to take care of the follow-ups which I often ignore to create, but I realize how important they are now!! THANK YOU”

Nicholas Sosin, artist, new media, film, photography and painting

Questions? Email learning@nyfa.org.

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

Applications are now open for this professional development program, which will take place in July 2019 in Saratoga Springs, NY. The NYSCA/NYFA Artist as Entrepreneur Boot Camp will presented free of charge to selected participants by The New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) in partnership with the New York State Council on the Arts’ State & Local Partnerships program and Saratoga Arts as part of a series of ongoing professional development programs for the arts communities in New York State.

The NYSCA/NYFA Artist as Entrepreneur Boot Camp is an intensive, multi-day professional development opportunity that delves into the fundamental principles of sustainability in the arts.  Featured topics will include strategic planning, finance, law, marketing, and fundraising. Additional material will be drawn from NYFA’s popular textbook The Profitable Artist (Allworth Press, 2018). The structure is a blend of workshops, discussions, and breakout groups. Participants work through a flexible and dynamic “action plan,” and other entrepreneurial tools that provide a blueprint for their practice or specific projects. 

There is no charge to participate in the NYSCA/NYFA Artist as Entrepreneur Boot Camp Program. Artists interested in attending are required to apply, and participants are selected through a panel review process. Artists of all disciplines (Visual, Multidisciplinary, Performing, Literary, Interdisciplinary, Social Practice, Folk and Traditional, Film, Video and New Media) and career stages, including students, are encouraged to apply.

Application Deadline: Wednesday, June 5, 2019, 11:59 PM EST

Program Location: Saratoga Arts, 320 Broadway, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866

Program Dates:
Attendance is mandatory to all sessions. Please check your calendar before applying.

Thursday, July 11: 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Overview of Artist As Entrepreneur and Participant Introductions

Friday - Sunday, July 12-14, 10 AM - 4:00 PM Daily

Workshops and panels on strategic planning, finance, art law and fundraising.
Work sample review and individual presentations of action plans in small groups.

How to Apply:

Apply via Submittable* by Wednesday, June 5, 2019, 11:59 PM EST.

Eligibility:

  • Open to artists in all disciplines and career stages including students
  • Artists living and working in New York State, with priority given to artists in Saratoga, Fulton, Montgomery, Warren, and Washington Counties.

Guidelines:

For the application we ask you provide:

  • Your long term goals and why you are interested in applying to this program. 
  • A narrative bio of your professional career
  • A link to your website or online presence
  • Work samples with the work statement and the description

Notification: On or before Friday, June 14, 2019

Questions regarding application process: Contact NYFA: Learning@nyfa.org

Questions regarding local knowledge: Contact Tanya: ttobias@saratoga-arts.org 

This program is made possible through New York State Council on the Arts, State & Local Partnerships with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.


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