Sometimes the resource you need to create is a good bout of uninterrupted time, which in our ceaseless schedules can become a luxury—costly and elusive. Residencies and grants reinvigorate neglected practices and can provide the final push for an ambitious project. We’ve scoped out some opportunities for artists and writers to find solitude and support around the country and the world.
Our ability to negotiate touches every aspect of our lives, from setting boundaries in our personal relationships, to accepting a pay rate for a commission. The way we approach interpersonal exchanges can have a profound impact on our success and wellbeing.
In our upcoming webinar, Effective Negotiation for Artists, performer, writer and psychotherapist Kirby Tepper breaks down the flawed beliefs and thought patterns that can hinder negotiation and shares the cognitive approaches that hold the key to unlocking the negotiation skills in everybody. Register Here
Below is a break down of the styles and assumptions of three different types of negotiators. Which one sounds most like yourself? Continue reading
“It felt like I had been sort of treading water AND going around in circles”
Abby Dobson came to the 2015 Artist Summer Institute with an impressive resume; she had already taken her brilliant songs and sound—a kinetic alchemy of R&B, soul, jazz and classic pop to legendary venues like The Kennedy Center, The Apollo Theatre and The Tonight Show. Still, like many artists at a certain stage in their careers, she worried about stalling.
“I wanted to jumpstart myself creatively and build an infrastructure around what I do. I wanted to give myself a better shot to continue doing music, continue creating and not doing what so many of us do – stop.”
She sat down at the Introduction to Strategic Planning workshop expecting to spend a few hours thinking about her future, but was still surprised by exactly how far ahead the program prompted her to think.
“One of the tasks was to write our own obituaries, and it was a really interesting thing to do. I was challenged, in a new way, to think about what I would want said about myself and what I want to have done before I leave this earth.”
An effective marketing strategy keeps one truth at its heart – it’s all about relationships.
The goal of marketing your work is not to suddenly act like a used car salesman, but instead to facilitate the conversation between your work and your audience.
On October 13th, artist Dread Scot will be leading our Creating a Marketing Strategy webinar. Pulling from his long and storied career, (He once had former President George H. W Bush call his work ‘disgraceful’), Dread Scott will be sharing actionable tools and tactics for artists to create a marketing strategy that allows them to leverage their work into a greater conversation. Register Here
As artists one of our most precious resources is time – time to create time to make, time to be inspired, and time to turn that inspiration into beautiful work. We’ve collected here some residency, fellowship and grant opportunities designed to give you the time and resources you need. Continue reading
If you’re an artist raising children you know a few things to be true:
#1. Our society does not support artists well.
#2. Our society does not support parents well.
And being both – an artist parent, can sometimes feel like a double whammy.
On Thursday September 29th, Creative Capital artist leader, choreographer and father of two Andrew Simonet will be leading our Artists Raising Kids webinar, sharing his knowledge – both from personal experience and through the stories of other artist parents, on the realities of raising children and maintaining a sustainable and enriching artistic practice. Register Here.
Marketing is a term that often makes artists uneasy.
It’s understandable, we are so often inundated with corporate messaging that feels cold, impersonal and profit driven.
However at its most basic, marketing is simply effective storytelling to a specific audience to drive a specific outcome. On Tuesday September 27 artist leader and marketing strategist Brian Tate will be leading our Seven Elements of Strategic Marketing webinar. This session will break down how artists can effectively and authentically deploy marketing theory in ways that help both them and the audience understand their work better. Register Here
Delving into public art can seem like a daunting process. Between finding public art commissions, creating effective portfolios, and working out the difference between RFQs (Requests for Qualifications) and RFPs (Requests for Proposals), it’s easy to get lost before you’ve really begun.
On Thursday September 22nd, visual artist Lynn Basa, will be leading the Creative Capital webinar Demystifying Public Art. Lynn Basa is the author of The Artist’s Guide to Public Art: How to Find and Win Commissions (2008), and will be sharing from her extensive experience on all aspects of researching and applying for public art commissions. She will also tackle doubts and questions artists may have around the selection process, whether public art requires specific skills, and any lingering fears about the possibility of “selling out” by creating art for the general public. Register Here
A well curated artist blog can supplement your website, increase your audience’s understanding of your artistic practice and raise your online profile. But sometimes, just the idea of starting a blog can seem intimidating. How often has the question, “But what do I blog about” crossed your mind?
On Friday, September 16 at 7pm EST artist Sue Schaffer will be offering in-depth guidance on how to optimize your web presence through her Website, Blog and Email Essentials webinar, an overview of best practices for your website, blog, and email marketing and communications.
Virginia Woolf stressed the importance of having a room of one’s own in order to tap into the creative productive spirit. We’ve gathered here some residencies and fellowships designed to give you just that – a dedicated, concentrated space to do your best creative work.