The Cultural Alliance of York County has teamed up with York-based artist Ophelia Chambliss to offer a series of creative professional development workshops to York County artists interested in exploring new depths in their professional career. It is a recognized need in the area for hands-on training in the business, organizational, and financial management of artistic careers, all of which Ophelia has a wealth of success and experience in. This 6-session, Creative Professional Development series will be a prototype, to gauge the type and style of training that may have the most impact, so that we may continue to better serve the needs of the York artist community. Instruction for each session utilizes information from personal experience, “Artists Market” (online resource), industry standards, and “Pricing and Ethical Guidelines”, taking each of these resources to a functional and applicable level.

The Creative Professional Development series is funded by the York County Community Foundation, and is free for artists to attend. Space will be limited to 12 participants for this first prototype, and so there is a short application process. Artists must commit to attending all 6 sessions in order to participate. Each session is integral to the whole, and each build on the last, including a bit of homework from session to session.

Series Dates

The series consists of 6 sessions:
External Development
Wednesday, October 2, 6:30-8:00pm
Friday, October 4, 6:30-8:00pm
Internal Development
Wednesday, October 16, 6:30-8:00pm
Friday, October 18, 6:30-8:00pm
Business Development
Sunday, October 27, 12:00-2:00pm (lunch provided)
Sustaining a Business Model
Saturday, November 2, 12:00-2:00pm (lunch provided)

Materials to be provided:
Artists Market 2018 online subscription
Graphic Arts Guild Ethical Pricing and Guidelines book

Workshop Series Overview

External Development Sessions
These 2 sessions will cover, the important of image and representation, photographing your work, website and social media, and an introduction to using the materials, “Understanding the Artist Market” and “Ethical Pricing and Guidelines” book, so that you can develop your brand which represents your best self, for you and your work. You will create clear and consistent statements and images that are ready for distribution upon request, enabling you to respond to requests or calls for art in a timely fashion, without taking away from the work that is on the easel.

The first session will require artists to come prepared to have their photograph taken for a headshot, and with one piece of their work.

Internal and Personal Development Sessions
Developing a best practices and reliable business model that takes the guess work out of the logistics of doing business is a missing component for many artists. A consistent and well-developed business plan and formula will assist the artist in gaining a more professional reputation in their industry, while having more time to focus on their work without distraction.

These 2 sessions will cover developing an artist statement, bodies of work, personal work vs. work that pays, developing and maintaining an artist profile, personal scheduling and management, client contact and correspondence, contracts, and financial management basics including tax preparation.

Business Development Session
With a proper system in place, you can take the stress and guesswork out of taking on a new project or commission, while having all of your overhead and expenses covered and receiving adequate compensation for your time.

The business development session will cover everything from calculating your time to price your work properly in advance of a potential sale, to getting deposits and setting up payment schedules. You will also look at scheduling projects, working towards a deadline within a properly estimated budget, and donating/pricing in-kind services.

Sustaining a Business Model Session
Protect yourself and your work in the long run by thinking BIG and creating your ideal work model. In this final session of the series, develop a plan to be able to travel with your work including insurance, setup a management system for your digital files, learn about copywright law and when it is appropriate, and write out a business plan for yourself.

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