Vision Driven Artists

Vision Drive Artists Workshop Series

Posted on November 5, 2019

2019-2020 VDA@The Rotunda*

November 18
Business & Organizing Models for Artists 
– Discuss the pros and cons of various organizational structures
– Clarify your mission to determine the structure that best suits your practice
– Sole-proprietor, LLC, 501(c)3: understand the structures and how your work fits in

December 9
2020 Project Planning 
Guest Facilitator: Oskar Castro
– Identify your goals for 2020 and break them into achievable tasks
– Plot your tasks on a timeline or calendar for 2020
– Create a plan to keep yourself accountable

January 13
Fundrasing Beyond Grants
– Learn about six different categories of fundraising (including, but not primarily, grants)
– Brainstorm more than a hundred methods for resourcing your work
– Create a simple budget that will help guide your fundraising choices

January 27
Taxes for Artists 
– Learn about which expenses you can deduct on your taxes
– Find out how and when to send out 1099s
– Get your individual questions answered

February 10
Introduction to Arts Grants
– Demystify the language and process behind grant writing
– Learn how to find and submit grants
– Read actual grant proposals to learn common mistakes and important proposal components

March 9
Intermediate Grants & Arts Funder Panel
– Learn about local arts funding opportunities
– Receive personalized feedback on your grant proposals (bring 1 page for funders to review)
– Practice reading and scoring actual grant applications

April 13
Budgets & Finance for Artists
– Learn why and how to use budgets for personal and project use
– Look at sample budgets and learn how to interpret the story behind the numbers
– Create a simplified budget tailored to your goals for this year

May 11
Social Media & Marketing
– Identify marketing techniques for building and keeping an audience
– Talk about the advantages of using various social media channels
– Troubleshoot issues with audience development that you may have had in the past

June 8

Crowdfunding
– Learn how to tell if crowdfunding is right for your project
– Discover the pros and cons of crowdfunding platforms
– Hear from a panel of artists who have run successful crowdfunding campaigns

September 14
Creating an Artist Statement 
– Identify the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and potential threats of a new project
– Think through the components of your project and its goals
– Hone in on the details of your program or project and begin a draft project plan

September 21
Website Design Basics
– Learn about different software and platforms you can use to design and host your website
– Plan the basic building blocks of your website
– Look at other artist websites to learn what aesthetic appeals to you

October 12
Somatic Practice for Artists
– Connect with your body to support emotional well-being and clarity through all your badass work!
– Learn to sustain your energy by following your body’s needs and timing
– Organically awaken to your creativity and visions by listening to your body and heightening sensory awareness

* Guest Facilitators will be announced throughout the year for various workshops!


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