Two-day Art Business Bootcamp held Oct. 1 and 2

HandMade in America, in partnership with the Arts Business Institute, will present intensive workshop for artists and art business owners. The two-day event, Art Business Bootcamp, will take place on Tuesday and Wednesday, Oct. 1 and 2, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily at A-B Tech’s Enka Campus.

According to a press release:

This two-day intensive appropriately named, Art Business Bootcamp: Shape up your business! will present expert speakers, lectures, educational materials, regional business partners, and individualized artist critiques. It is a wonderful opportunity for artists and arts business owners to take their business to the next level.

The focus of this two-day workshop is to provide artists and art business owners with specific tools to enhance their art business and expose them to information and a national perspective. Participants will learn from nationally-renowned instructors and experts, attend presentations and lectures, acquire valuable educational materials and resources, network with regional small business partners, and receive individual artist critiques.

The Art Business Bootcamp will feature the following instructors: Wendy Rosen, President of The Rosen Group; Carolyn Edlund, Executive Director of the Arts Business Institute; and Megan Auman, craft artist and entrepreneur. Topics discussed throughout the two days will include: Creative Marketing for Artists, Wholesale 101, Pricing for Profit, Who is Your Customer, Branding Yourself and Your Work, Selling Strategies for Artists, and Booth Design.

The Arts Business Institute is a nationally-recognized organization serving a crucial, common need in art and craft-making communities by providing specialized technical assistance and practical business education for creative entrepreneurs. ABI’s structured curriculum has been developed by industry experts over the past 15 years; courses include product development, booth design, display and lighting, gallery negotiations, event marketing, wholesaling, gallery start-up, collection and sales terms, licensing, intellectual property, and more. For more information about the Arts Business Institute visit their website at http://www.artsbusinessinstitute.org.

HandMade in America is a non-profit organization founded in 1995 with the mission to grow the economies of WNC through craft and creative placemaking. HandMade’s entrepreneurship training works to develop local economy by capitalizing upon and investing in the region’s valuable local assets of craft artists and their homegrown craft-based businesses.

More info at www.handmadeinamerica.org or 252-0121


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