Artists Summer Institute

Annual 5-Day Professional Development Intensive for New York City Artists

Online registration for the 2014 Artists Summer Institute (ASI) will open on June 3 at 12pm. More information about registration and the selection process is below. Please note that space for ASI is limited and registration closes on June 25.

Artists Summer Institute (ASI) is a five-day intensive professional development opportunity for artists. The program, created and developed in partnership between LMCC and Creative Capital, brings together both organizations' programs to provide more comprehensive, arts-focused training, tools, and advice to help put artists on a path to greater sustainability and self-sufficiency.

ASI offers a unique opportunity for artists to step outside their daily routines and focus on their professional skills and artistic goals. The program combines the best of LMCC's Basic Finance for Artists (BFA) and Creative Capital's Professional Development Program (PDP) to provide a comprehensive range of training, tools, and resources for working artists. Participants will gain access to arts-focused professional training in the areas of strategic planning, verbal communications, marketing and promotion, Internet optimization, financial management, and business planning.

ASI takes an integrated approach to education that addresses different learning styles, matches practical information with long-term goal setting, and encourages a peer-learning environment. Participants will receive reference materials and workbooks including exercises, tools, and useful information to continue developing their skills.

Institute Topics

  • Strategic Planning: Overview of the strategic planning process and how articulating goals can help artists achieve higher levels of satisfaction with their own practice and life.
  • Creating a Business Plan: Instructions on how to design a business plan for an artist’s project or career, illustrated by lead artists’ experiences.
  • Art Business Management: An introduction to business practices for artists, including how to engage assistance, organize your studio practice, and other skills.
  • Business Negotiations: An introduction to negotiating with partners and clients.
  • Internet for Artists: A look at administrative, organizational, and sharing tools that help streamline and enhance an artist’s practice.
  • Best Practices for Artist Websites and Social Networking: Overview of best practices for artist websites, artist email communications, blogs and websites, and how to bring audiences back to a site.
  • Targeted Marketing: An interactive, group brainstorming session to identify and reach new audiences for your work.
  • Budgeting and Cash Flow: The basics of budgeting, relationship of project budgets to personal finances, cash flow management and planning.
  • Tax Basics: What artists need to know about employment status, record-keeping, common deductions for artists, and preparing for an IRS audit.
  • Financial Planning: An introduction to credit management, savings, investment, and retirement.
  • Verbal Communication Skills: Interactive role-playing and presentation sessions to refine artist introductions, business negotiations, and public presenting skills.

Registration and Selection

Space is limited to 55 participants. Due to high demand, eligible participants will be selected through a lottery process.

Registration for the selection lottery opens on Tuesday, June 3 at 12pm

Submission Deadline: Wednesday, June 25, 11:59pm
Artists will be notified of their selection on Tuesday, July 8 via email. There will be a waiting list in case of cancellation.

Eligibility and Requirements

In order to be included in the lottery, artists must complete the online registration form and meet the following eligibility requirements:

  1. Artists will need to have home Internet access.
  2. Artists must be residents of New York City (5 boroughs).
  3. Artists must be able to demonstrate a minimum 3-year history of professional activity outside of any degree-granting program.
  4. Artists should demonstrate creation of new work as a primary artistic focus (as compared to interpretation of existing works).
  5. LMCC and Creative Capital have secured the necessary funding to offer ASI at no cost to participating artists. A full five-day commitment to the Institute is mandatory for participation.

Institute Dates and Times

August 6—10, 2014
Daily from 10am—6pm


LMCC's Studios at One Liberty Plaza, 12th Floor, in Lower Manhattan

Questions? Prachi Patankar, Program Manager, Capacity Building & Community Initiatives 212-219-9401 ext. 117 /

About LMCC's Basic Finance for Artists Program (BFA) and Professional Development Workshops

Designed especially for artists, BFA is a free, six-week intensive personal finance seminar for individuals. The program is designed to help artists develop financial awareness and balance through practical training in money management. Essentials of the BFA curriculum are offered within the Artists Summer Institute. LMCC’s 2014 Professional Development programs also include Art & Resilience and Fundraising Fundamentals. For more information on BFA and LMCC’s Professional Development programs visit

About Creative Capital’s Professional Development Program (PDP)

In 2003, Creative Capital launched the Professional Development Program to share with a broad community of artists some of the tools and strategies for improved self-sufficiency that were initially developed for grantees. Since then, PDP has refined these methodologies and developed new ones, which it has shared with more than 4,000 artists in more than 69 communities around the country. PDP presents a variety of weekend, one-day, and evening length workshop offerings in self-management, strategic planning, fundraising, web strategies, verbal communication, and promotion. For more information, visit


The Artists Summer Institute is made possible, in part, by Creative Capital's Workshop Subsidy Program, underwritten by the Kresge Foundation.

Space for ASI 2014 was donated by Goldman Sachs.

LMCC’s Professional Development programs are supported in part by Charina Endowment Fund, F.B. Heron Foundation, The Joan Mitchell Foundation, Lambent Foundation, and Mertz Gilmore Foundation.

LMCC’s Professional Development programs are also supported in part by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, and the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

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