Announcing Art Force Academy: A Learning Community for Art Enthusiasts, Art Consultant Certification and Artist Entrepreneurs

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Corporate Art Force LLC (dba Art Force) just launched Art Force Academy, a learning community for art enthusiasts, art consultant certification and artist entrepreneurs. Beyond art consultant certification, Art Force Academy offers business planning solutions, resources for consultative selling and a vast resource library to create opportunities in the world of commercial artwork services.

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Art Force is excited to share our decades of combined experience in artwork services with the world. Art Force Academy will provide new inroads for people hoping to join our growing industry.

Corporate Art Force LLC (dba Art Force) just launched Art Force Academy, a new online learning community that offers resource libraries, webinars, white papers, lectures and much more for continuing education in the commercial artwork services industry.

Open enrollment for Art Force Academy begins now and the program will go live Monday April 18, 2016.

Art Force Academy offers three distinct programs: An Art Enthusiasts Program, an Art Consultant Certification Program, and an Artist Entrepreneur Program.

The Art Enthusiast Program is and always will be free. People who enroll as an Art Enthusiast will receive weekly updates from Art Force Academy in the form of webinars, newsletter updates, white papers, interviews and other learning resources.

Art Force Academy is backed and powered by its parent company, Art Force. Based in the heart of the Northeast Minneapolis Arts District, Art Force is the premier provider of artwork services.

Of the three tracks for participation at Art Force Academy, the Art Consultant Certification Program is the most involved, providing art consultant candidates with a pathway to art consultant certification. Beyond earning certification, program participants will also benefit from turnkey startup, a library of CRM contacts and project opportunities, utilization of Art Force’s state of the art production facility, access to the vast SmartArtProgram.com artwork database, marketing materials and promotional capabilities, and project and client service tools that make entering the industry easier than ever upon completion of the program.

As part of its inaugural year, Art Force Academy is accepting up to 200 enrollees in the Art Consultant Certification Program, tuition free.

The program is designed to fit any schedule, and can be completed at any pace. With 11 courses and 47 modules, at a high level the Art Consultant Certification Program covers the nine disciplines of art consulting (three modules), art consulting basics (five modules), the art consulting process (eight modules), consultative selling skills (five modules), project and asset management (five modules), marketing (five modules), business planning (four modules), time management (three modules), the SmartArt program (three modules), client accounting (three modules) and production (three modules).

Minimum requirements for enrollment in the Art Consultant Certification Program include a bachelor’s degree (BA or BS) and completion of a brief proficiency exam prior to enrollment. The exam will determine if enrollees have the traits necessary to succeed in this competitive industry. Visit the site to review the Art Consultant Career Guide and the Art Consultant Certification Program Syllabus.

The Artist Entrepreneur Program aligns artists with learning resources for business planning and running an art business. If artists want to get their artwork seen, this is a great first step for peeling back the layers of the business-side of the art world. This program is three short courses for a total of 12 modules covering business planning (four modules), running an art business (four modules), and working with an art consultant (four modules).

There are no minimum requirements for enrollment in the Artist Entrepreneur Program other than one is an established or burgeoning artist. While Art Force Academy cannot guarantee an artist’s work will sell or be included in our artwork database for placement in world class facilities, Art Force will work with artists of every skill level to try to help each artist reach their fullest potential.

At Art Force Academy, the power of art and collaboration are real. Throughout the first year of Art Force Academy, participants will get the opportunity to provide feedback, add to the curriculum, and help to improve existing resources to refine Art Force Academy for future years. For a better sense of the spirit of Art Force Academy, see the Art Force Academy Board page and Zak Heimerl’s TEDxUW Milwaukee talk on the Case for Collaboration. Art Force looks forward to growing its community and hopes this will be the first step in a long and fruitful career for its members.

About Art Force Academy

Formed in 2016, Art Force Academy is a program created by Corporate Art Force LLC (dba Art Force). The mission of Art Force Academy is to provide a dynamic and flexible learning environment and professional community for art consultants, artist entrepreneurs, and art enthusiasts. Backed by its parent company Art Force, Art Force Academy offers participants access to trade knowledge, marketing and production resources. For more information, visit ArtForce.Academy.

About Art Force

Formed in 2009, Art Force is a wholly owned subsidiary of General Finance and Development, Inc. (OTC Markets: GFDV). Located in the heart of the Northeast Minneapolis Minnesota Arts District, the mission of Art Force is to be the Premier Provider of Artwork Services. Leveraging decades of combined expertise, Art Force's team of art consultants, advisers and production professionals provide artwork solutions for organizations big and small, helping organizations achieve their objectives through artwork and visual solutions. Art Force helps organizations unlock their full potential through visual storytelling, and utilizing the healing, motivational and aesthetic power of artwork. Since its formation, Art Force has delivered more than 30,000 pieces of artwork to more than 150 clients in 42 states and Canada. For more information, visit ArtForce.org.

For any questions regarding information in this press release, please contact Art Force. The foregoing material may contain forward-looking statements. Art Force cautions that such statements may be subject to uncertainties and that actual results could differ materially from the fore-going statements. Readers accordingly should not place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements which do not reflect anticipated or unanticipated events or circumstances occurring after the date of these forward-looking statements. More information regarding General Finance and Development including financial statements and reports is available at the company’s website genfd.com and otcmarkets.com.

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