A group of organizations centered around Hamilton County is collaborating on a series of classes for artists and leaders in the art sector to develop their business and networking skills.
The Art of Business courses will range from legal help for art business startups to getting involved in city planning projects.
“By tying together all of the groups and organizations that have resources for artists, this series also offers artists a robust network of people and organizations who are eager to help them,” said Ailithir McGill, executive director of Nickel Plate Arts.
In addition to Nickel Plate Arts, the group includes Conner Prairie, the Da Vinci Pursuit, Fishers Arts Council, the Ignite Studio at Hamilton East Public Library- Fishers, and Hamilton County Tourism.
The first class, currently scheduled for next week, will be led by Conner Prairie staff who will help artists learn how to engage with patrons about their work.
Fishers Arts Council Treasurer Les Reinhardt offered her thoughts on these artist training courses: “Artists are entrepreneurs, just like any small business,” said Les Reinhardt, treasurer of Fishers Art Council. “And like any small business, they need to have basic business skills in order to stay competitive and realize their full potential.
Reinhardt says understanding the how and why of branding and marketing, valuing and pricing, and networking can be a lot to take on, which this organization intends to address.
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