New book by Andrew Simonet, Download version is FREE!

MakingpaperbackMaking Your Life As An Artist

A Guide to Building a Balanced, Sustainable Artistic Life.  Don’t Starve. Make Art.


We want 100,000 artists to read this book. (26,491 downloads so far in two weeks. Nice work, everybody.)
We want you to share the free ebook everywhere. It’s free, people. Pass it around. Don’t hold back.

(Seriously. There’s no catch, no money-making scheme hiding behind the free-ness. It’s free because I want tons of artists to read it.

Getting the Job: Faculty Positions in the Arts

musicbuildingFaculty positions in the arts are scarce.  To set yourself ahead you have to prove you have mastery over the skills of an artist working in the field as well as teaching in it.  This article is about applying for music faculty positions, but it applies equally well to those looking for academic positions in all art disciplines.

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Creative Capital Webinar: Community Engagement, with Stephanie Bleyer

Creative Capital WebinarsLed by Stephanie Bleyer, this 90-minute webinar will highlight effective practices for community outreach & engagement based on several action-oriented case studies. Artists of all disciplines will learn how to produce effective engagement campaigns for artwork that contains social justice content.

Topics covered include:

* Setting goals
* Creating the plan
* Effective partnering
* Finding your audience
* Measuring impact

If time allows, she’ll also discuss the nuts and bolts of finding and working with interns and the how-to’s of institutional fundraising.  …

Crafting your Artist Talk, A Teleseminar on June 18

artist-talk-300Artist Diane Jacobs works in so many forms, including sculpture, artist books, and printmaking, and with such unique materials like human hair that it’s hard to categorize her work. This made it challenging when we worked together to create her artist talk, a presentation she now gives in gallery, academic, and community settings.

But from the struggle to articulate her mission and shape her talk, she emerged with an artist talk that captures the message behind all her work, no matter the form or the materials.…

Upcoming Creative Capital Webinar: Visual Arts Round Table – with curators Sara Reisman & Matthew Deleget

Creative Capital WebinarsThe Visual Arts Round Table: Curators will consist of a live 90-minute conversation about curatorial practice between curator, critic and public arts administrator Sara Reisman and visual artist Matthew Deleget.  The interview will cover all aspects of the relationship between visual artists, writers, and curators, including identifying new artists, web sites and online portfolios, conducting studio visits, the process of criticism/curation, current trends in the art market, and more.  Participating artists will have the opportunity to ask questions at the end of the webinar.…

Creative Capital May Webinars

Creative Capital WebinarsCreative Capital has four great webinars taking place during the month of May, covering a range of topics including budgeting, social media, marketing strategies and curatorial practice.

Real Life Budgeting, with Andrew Simonet
Monday, May 6, 7:00-8:30pm EST
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Social Media: How to Be Everywhere All the Time, with Eve Mosher
Monday, May 13, 7:00-8:30pm EST
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Creating a Marketing Strategy, with Dread Scott
Monday, May 20, 7:00-8:30pm EST
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Visual Arts Round Table: Curators, with Rachel Nackman & Matthew Deleget
Thursday, May 30, 7:00-8:30pm EST
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Webinars are $25 each.…

Check out Eleanor Whitney’s new book, Grow: How to take your do it yourself project and passion to the next level and quit your job!

Grow CoverGrow: How to take your do it yourself project and passion to the next level and quit your job! is a practical field guide for creative people with great ideas for independent projects that shows the way to success and sustainability on one’s own terms. Whether their projects are based in independent publishing, music, food, art, craft, activism or community work, Grow enables readers to clarify their project vision, get organized, set goals, create a plan, raise funds for, market, and manage their do-it-yourself project.…

Learn more about our upcoming reFRESH speaker, Laura Zabel

Laura Zabel in town to speak about Creative Placemaking: Artists’ Roles and Opportunities

The Arts Asylum
1000 E 9th Street, Kansas City, MO 64109

Thursday, February 7th, 2013

6:30 to 8:00 pm*
Doors open and refreshments begin at 6:00 pm. Speaker begins promptly at 6:30 pm.

 Join Laura Zabel, executive director of Springboard for the Arts, for a conversation that will explore the role of artists in placemaking and strategies for developing artists’ capacity to contribute to their communities, referencing examples and inspiration from a wide variety of projects.

Your Strengths, Your Weaknesses, and Your Envrionment

This week the Artist INC II Fellows are devising their communications plans.  A tool frequently used by businesses and organizations but often missing from the artist’s communication plan is a SWOT analysis.  A simple but  effective tool that every artist is equipped to complete for themselves with no special training or equipment, a SWOT analysis is something all artists should have in their project planning arsenal.    SWOT is an acronym for strengthsweaknessesopportunities, and threats, with strengths and weaknesses being internal and opportunities and threats being external or part of the environment.  …

Time Management and the “Power of One”

In our next session of Artist INC II we’ll be discussing effective time management.  One of the questions we’ll ask the Artist INC II Fellows is, “What is one thing could you do (that you’re not doing now), that if you did it on a regular basis,it would make a difference in your artistic career?”  This idea was on my mind as I came across a recent blog piece from Seth Godin on The simple power of one a day.…

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