POTSDAM — SLC Arts is launching an arts entrepreneurship workshop for those interested in the counties of St. Lawrence, Lewis and Jefferson.
The Arts Entrepreneurship Bootcamp is a series of 12 classes aimed at helping artists turn their creative passions into businesses.
“The bootcamp will focus on cultivating the knowledge and skills necessary to launch and sustain a successful creative business,” said SLC Arts marketing manager Katharine Dinneen. “Class topics include entrepreneurship, business basics, launching a creative business, selling and pricing your work, e-commerce, marketing, diversifying your income, and bookkeeping.”
The classes will be taught by a variety of instructors and panelists including Robin Blakely from Creative Centers of America, Jennifer McCluskey from the Small Business Development Center, Zach Hobbs from the Adirondack North Country Association, Peter Paul from Minima-Maxima, Nicole Ouelette from Breaking Even Communications, and more.
“We will also have a marketing panel and a final panel made up of regional artists and business professionals working in creative fields,” said Ms. Dineen
This bootcamp is the first of its kind offered by SLC Arts and is open to all ages but focuses more on adults.
“This first course is specifically designed for visual artists who plan to sell their work,” said Ms. Dineen “Artists may be just starting their journey, looking for long hours of entertainment on a more professional level, or looking to learn more about managing an existing business.”
The bootcamp will last six weeks and will take place from 6 to 8 pm every Tuesday and Thursday from February 14 to March 23 at St. Lawrence County IDA in Canton.
The bootcamp is based on a “pay what you can registration” with a $50 minimum registration fee. According to Ms. Dinneen, this learning opportunity is worth $1,000.
“The Arts Entrepreneurship Bootcamp offers a unique, affordable opportunity for artists who want to take the next step in their creative businesses,” he said.
At the end of the bootcamp, participants will receive a certificate of completion as well as valuable knowledge.
“Participants will learn that it is possible to earn as an artist, even living in a rural area like the northern country,” he said. “Participants will receive a certificate of completion as well as valuable knowledge and insight that can transform their creative lives.”