Artists Summer Institute
5-Day Professional Development Intensive for New York City Artists
The 2013 Artists Summer Institute is now completed.
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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.
Held at an LMCC artist studio and rehearsal space in Lower Manhattan, ASI offers a unique opportunity for artists to step outside their daily routines and focus on their professional skills and artistic goals. ASI combines the best of LMCC's Basic Finance for Artists program 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.
- 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.
Dates & Times
Wednesday, August 7 - Sunday, August 11, 2013 Everyday from 10AM - 6PM
LMCC's Studios at One Liberty Plaza, 12th Floor, in Lower Manhattan
Registration and Selection
The Institute can accommodate 55 artists.
Due to high demand, eligible participants will be selected through a lottery process.
Registration for the selection lottery opens on Tuesday, June 4, 11AM
Submission Deadline: Tuesday, July 2, 11:59PM
Artists will be notified of their selection on Friday, July 12 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:
- Artists will need to have home Internet access.
- Artists must be residents of New York City (5 boroughs).
- Artists must be able to demonstrate a minimum 3-year history of professional activity outside of any degree-granting program.
- Artists should demonstrate creation of new work as a primary artistic focus (as compared to interpretation of existing works).
- 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.
About LMCC's Basic Finance for Artists Program (BFA)
Designed especially for artists, Basic Finance for Artists 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. The program takes into consideration the complexity of artists’ income flow and diversity of artistic practices. Workshops provide a combination of seminar-style learning, hands-on group and individual exercises that allow artists to gain a better understanding of their own finances and make more informed financial decisions. BFA was launched in 2008 and is offered annually for 20 artists as part of Training, Networking & Talks, LMCC’s arts services program. Parts of the BFA curriculum are also offered within the Artists Summer Institute. For more information on BFA and LMCC’s arts services visit http://www.LMCC.net/arts_services.
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 http://creative-capital.org/pdp/about.
Artists Summer Institute is made possible by the renewed support of the New York City Economic Development Corporation's Artist as Entrepreneur Program and, in part, by Creative Capital's Workshop Subsidy Program, underwritten by the Kresge Foundation. LMCC's professional development programs are supported by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council; the New York State Council on the Arts; and the Joan Mitchell Foundation.
Contact Prachi Patankar, Program Manager, Grants & Services
phone: 212-219-9401 ext. 117