Snapshot: Amy Smith Talks Money in Miami Financial Literacy Workshop


“This financial Creative Capital workshop has helped clarify topics that were still slightly mystified. Through Amy’s clear communication and descriptions of these scary money topics, I can now say in confidence that I can hold a long, financially sound future as a professional artist.”
– Natasha Lopez DeVictoria, Participant, 2015 Financial Literacy Workshop in Miami

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Creating an “Artists Raising Kids” Community

Andrew Simonet with his sons Nicolo & Jesse.

Last fall, we hosted a new Creative Capital webinar titled “Artists Raising Kids,” led by choreographer and dad Andrew Simonet. The number of passionate responses we received clued us in to a real need for conversation on the subject of artists-as-parents. Artists in the Creative Capital community (and beyond) are eager to share what they know and to learn from one another. One artist who participated in the webinar told us: “[I learned] that I’m not alone! It’s great to find out there are other people out there with similar concerns, and coming together and talking and exchanging resources, building community, is great.”

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Snapshot: Professional Development Workshops in Cary & Atlanta

Andrew Simonet

Andrew Simonet (center, in blue) leads a group of artists in PDP’s Cary, NC workshop.

The Creative Capital workshop has helped me to see the work I do in a different light: it is valuable, marketable and not something I should apologize for. My personal art practice should not come second to the work I do to make a living—permission to prioritize!
Cara Hagan, Participant, Core Skills Weekend Workshop, Cary, NC

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Photo Gallery: Seven Elements, 24 Artists, One Workshop

Troy Burton

Artist Particpant Troy Burton (standing) presents during the day-long “The Seven Elements of Strategic Marketing” workshop.

“It is a privilege to be able to get this quality of information and these amazing presentations from amazing human beings.”
—Dulce Pinzon, Participant, Seven Elements of Strategic Marketing Workshop

Creative Capital’s Professional Development Program (PDP) bid farewell to February with a full day of activity in our New York City office. Building on the success of our popular webinar, “The Seven Elements of Strategic Marketing”, with Brian Tate, we offered 24 artists a chance to sit down with Brian and his team of experts, including k. Neycha Herford, Caroline Hendrix and Kevin McAleer, to dig deep into the qualities of a successful marketing strategy—from the philosophical to the technical. The workshop was generously underwritten by Tequila Herradura, and participants were selected through a lottery process.

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Snapshot: An Artist-to-Artist Panel at the College Art Association Conference


This past Valentine’s Day, several Creative Capital artists shared the love with a roomful of colleagues, as they discussed some of the skills that have enhanced their careers. Along with Creative Capital’s Director of Programs & Initiatives, Sean Elwood, I was privileged to moderate the panel, which featured Creative Capital grantees Chris Doyle, Barbara Hammer and Beverly McIver. It was held at New York City’s Midtown Hilton hotel, and entitled “Artist to Artist: Sharing Tools for a Sustainable Practice.” Continue reading

Photo Gallery: Authentic Branding at Creative Capital


On Wednesday, February 4th, Professional Development Program leader Maxine Lapiduss visited the Creative Capital office from Los Angeles to lead her first, evening-length “Authentic Branding” workshop. The session, typically offered as a webinar or a day long session, was PDP’s first three-hour version. Artist participant Gwyneth Leech reacted to the evening’s activity: “A high-energy, information-packed presentation that left the group breathless and ready to do hard work on their own. Empowering! And kickass!”

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A Page From Our Handbook: What Goes Into a Project or Annual Budget?

Artists at Work

Creating a budget for your next project (or your next year) can be tricky, especially when you plan on providing that information to a funder, in the hopes of securing a grant. How much is too much? How do you plan for the unexpected? And just where do you fit into the picture? Below is a helpful guide for budgeting, that you can use as a template. Are you a writer who wants to learn more about how budgeting plays into requests for funding? Register for editor Ethan Nosowsky’s upcoming webinar, “Applying for Grants & Residencies: Strategies for Writers”. And check out other helpful online learning opportunities (including Real Life Budgeting Webinar) on our calendar!

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Straight Talk About Doing Good: Five Questions For Stephanie Bleyer

Stephanie Bleyer

Stephanie Bleyer speaks to the Community Partnership for Arts and Culture in Cleveland.

Stephanie Bleyer is a project manager and founder of Six Foot Chipmunk, a boutique consultancy providing a variety of services to media-makers, artists and entrepreneurs. Stephanie’s expertise, which she shares with her clients, includes creating business plans, producing live events, managing projects and campaigns, raising funds, and overseeing communications. Stephanie leads a regular Creative Capital webinar called “Producing & Funding Your Community Engagement Campaign“, a session designed to highlight effective practices for community outreach and engagement for work that includes social justice content. 

We asked Stephanie a few questions about her own trajectory, and got her thoughts about how to raise awareness for socially engaged work in an increasingly competitive field: 

Hannah Fenlon: Your background is insanely diverse. How does the variety of work you’ve done and places you’ve been inform your work with artists? Continue reading

Two Weeks, Ten Events, One Mission: A Professional Development Program Recap

Todd Berman

Artist Todd Berman, who participated in our Strategic Planning & Funding workshop in San Francisco, drew this fantastic image of some of his fellow participants. Check out the rest of Todd’s “notes” here, as well as his website:

The Professional Development Program (PDP) has been busy the last few weeks. Between January 28th and February 4th, we held our first-ever workshop in Utah for documentary fellows of Sundance Institute, two west coast workshops with Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions and Southern Exposure in San Francisco (both sponsored by Tequila Herradura), and an Authentic Branding workshop with Maxine Lapiduss here in our New York City office. Kristin Feeley, Labs and Artist Support Director in the Documentary Film Program at Sundance Institute, encapsulated her observation of the workshop in Utah when she told us: “I’m a skeptic by nature but…damn. The fellows are rapt and this is great.”

PDP also hosted a group of artists at Creative Capital for a “Wine & Webinar” event featuring our “Kickstarter School” webinar, led by Kickstarter’s Director of Community Education Stephanie Pereira who was on hand for a live post-webinar Q&A. Finally, we conducted a Real Cost Budgeting webinar for Joan Mitchell Foundation artists.

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Sound Bite: Strategic Planning Workshop at The Contemporary Austin

The Contemporary Austin

On Saturday, January 10th, Professional Development Program (PDP) workshop leaders Colleen Keegan and Ela Troyano traveled to Austin, TX to teach a workshop on Strategic Planning at The Contemporary Austin. The workshop was part of a series generously underwritten by Tequila Herradura, and was attended by 24 talented Austin-based artists, including Herradura Barrel Art Competition artists Eric Port, Jaelah Kuehmichel, VM Fisk, Thomas John Lemanski and Tincher & Maloney. Below are some reactions we heard from workshop participants (and from our workshop partner at the Contemporary).

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