Oklahoma Contemporary Arts Center to Host Artist INC Workshop

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Oklahoma Contemporary Arts Center is scheduled to host the Artist INC workshop What Works/What Doesn’t, Saturday, May 11, 2013, from 2:00 – 4:00 p.m.

Oklahoma Contemporary Arts Center is scheduled to host the Artist INC workshop What Works/What Doesn’t, Saturday, May 11, 2013, from 2:00 – 4:00 p.m.

The workshop is presented as a collaboration with Oklahoma Visual Arts Coalition, Norman Arts Council, Oklahoma Contemporary Arts Center, Oklahoma Film & Music Office, and The City of Oklahoma City Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs. These organizations are working together to present Artist INC in Oklahoma City in Fall 2013, with an application deadline of June 14, 2013. Artist INC is a program of Charlotte Street Foundation, Arts Council of Metropolitan Kansas City, and UMKC Innovation Center.

Artists, just like traditional small business owners, have to wear many hats—creator, fabricator, accountant, marketer, technologist, and more. Just like traditional small business owners, artists can find this to be a daunting task. How do some artists make the leap to sustainable and profitable artistic practices? Through their work with over 200 artists (from musicians, to writers, to painters, to filmmakers), staff of the groundbreaking Artist INC program have identified the common behaviors of successful artist entrepreneurs. In their What Works/What Doesn’t? workshop, they’ll share those behaviors and leave you ready to apply them to your own art practice.

The Artist INC Live program is a cutting edge training program that addresses the specific business needs and challenges faced by artists of all disciplines. The program was established in Kansas City, Missouri in 2009 and has been completed by more than 250 Kansas City-area artists. Beginning in October 2013, the program will open to Oklahoma City communities. Similar to the Kansas City program, the class will be limited to a select 25 participants. Artists will gather once a week for eight weeks to learn business skills specific to their art practice and apply those skills cooperatively with their peers. Artist INC Live is open to any artist of any discipline, from emerging to established. Applications are currently being accepted for Artist INC Live Oklahoma City and are due on June 14, 2013.

Diane Scott, Artist INC Program Director, says: “The new partnership with the M-AAA, which allows the Artist INC Program to reach new communities, is a huge step in helping artists gain the skills and networks to start building regional relationships.”

For more information on this free workshop or to register, please call 405.951.0000 or visit http://www.oklahomacontemporary.org

About Oklahoma Contemporary Arts Center
Oklahoma Contemporary Arts Center, formerly City Arts Center, is a regional 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that encourages artistic expression in all its forms through education and exhibitions. Founded in 1989 by businessman and philanthropist Christian Keesee and Kirkpatrick Foundation Director Marilyn Myers, Oklahoma Contemporary Arts Center offers contemporary arts exhibitions throughout the year, free to the public, as well as youth art camps, adult art classes and workshops, lectures and independent film screenings.

For more information, please call 405.951.0000 or visit http://www.oklahomacontemporary.org

About Artist INC
Artist INC is a collaborative partnership of the Arts Council of Metropolitan Kansas City, Charlotte Street Foundation, and the UMKC Innovation Center. Originally launched in 2007 as KCArtistLink, Artist INC connects Kansas City artists of all disciplines to the tools, resources, and opportunities necessary to develop their entrepreneurial skills and strengthen their artistic practice. Artist INC programs include the original Artist INC Live eight-week seminar that focuses on professional development and business training for emerging and mid-career artists; two speakers’ series that connect artists with national and local experts in arts entrepreneurship; the Artist INC website where artists can find the resources they need to shape their careers and grow their businesses; Artist INC Online, a web version of the live training seminar that significantly broadens geographic access to the groundbreaking program; Artist INC’s official blog PushingTheFlywheel, a digital resource destination for the local artist community; and the newly launched Artist INC II, an advanced project-based seminar available to all Artist INC Live alumni. Artist INC is made possible through grants from Leveraging Investments in Creativity (LINC), the Emily Hall Tremaine Foundation, the innovative collaboration of Kansas City’s arts service organizations, and generous support from the Kansas City creative community and arts supporters, including the Muriel McBrien Kauffman Foundation; Francis Family Foundation; American Century Investments; Hallmark Cards; the Missouri Arts Council; and the David T. Beals III Charitable Trust, Bank of America, Trustee. Artist INC also receives program support and guidance from the UMKC Conservatory of Music and Dance, the Kansas City Art Institute, the UMKC Small Business Technology & Development Center and numerous local area artists involved in the community planning process.

For more information visit http://www.artistinckc.com

About Mid-America Arts Alliance
Mid-America Arts Alliance brings more art to more people by annually producing and managing more than 450 exhibition, performance, and professional development opportunities in more than 175 communities with more than 1,500 related educational programs. Each year our programs reach more than one million people regionally, nationally, and internationally.

For more information visit http://www.maaa.org

About Oklahoma Visual Arts Coalition
Organized in 1988, the Oklahoma Visual Arts Coalition is a non-profit organization that supports visual artists living and working in Oklahoma. OVAC promotes public interest in the arts and helps people of all ages understand the visual arts.

For more information visit http://www.ovac-ok.org/

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