50 NYC Artists Sought for Creative Capital’s Professional Development Program

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Regardless of discipline, artists tend to work in a bubble — it’s a natural outgrowth (or flaw, if you like) in a creative life. So the CFR is pleased to spread word about the Creative Capital Professional Development Program, a free five-day professional development intensive for 50 (!!) New York City artists working in all disciplines, created in partnership with the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council.

The intensive will take place from Fri., June 25 through Tues., June 29 at the LMCC Studios on Governors Island. Transportation is by ferry, departing from the Battery Maritime Building at 10 South St.

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Here is some helpful information about the program, provided via email from Creative Capital:

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Held at the LMCC Studios on Governors Island, the Artists Summer Institute offers a unique opportunity for artists to step outside their daily routines and focus on their professional skills and artistic goals.

The Institute is designed to provide the training, tools and advice to help put participating artists of all disciplines on a path to greater sustainability and self-sufficiency. The Institute incorporates a rigorous curriculum of presentations, interactive exercises, skill-building breakout sessions and small group interactions, focusing on the topics of Strategic Planning, Financial Planning and the Internet for Artists. Participating artists will receive indepth, arts-focused professional training, resource materials and the opportunity to introduce their work to and connect with fellow artists in the city.

Registration is open to practicing artists of all disciplines. Interested artists must complete an online registration form, and the 50 Institute participants will be selected through a lottery process. Deadline to register is Sun. May 23, at 11:59pm. Artists will be notified of their selection on Tues., May 25, 2010.

LMCC and Creative Capital have secured the necessary funding to offer the Institute at no cost to participating artists. Breakfast and light lunch will be provided. Click here to register.

The Institute is designed to provide the training, tools and advice to help put participating artists of all disciplines on a path to greater sustainability and self-sufficiency. The Institute incorporates a rigorous curriculum of presentations, interactive exercises, skill-building breakout sessions and small group interactions, focusing on the topics of Strategic Planning, Financial Planning and the Internet for Artists. Participating artists will receive in-depth, arts-focused professional training, resource materials and the opportunity to introduce their work to and connect with fellow artists in the city. Planned topics include:

  • Strategic Planning and Goal Setting
  • Time Management
  • Verbal Communications and Negotiation
  • Your Internet Presence
  • Social Networking
  • Budgeting, Cash Flow and Net Worth
  • Tax and Accounting
  • Financial Planning

Sessions will be led by workshop leaders from Creative Capital’s Professional Development Program, trained Creative Capital artist grantee co-leaders and instructors from LMCC’s Basic Finance for Artists seminar.

  • Eligibility and Requirements:
  • Artists in this program will need home internet access.
  • Artists should be New York City residents in one of the five boroughs.
  • Artists should be able to demonstrate a minimum three-year history of professional activity outside of any degree-granting program.
  • Artists should have creation of new work as a primary artistic focus (as compared to interpretation of existing works).
  • A full five-day commitment to the institute is mandatory for participation.

If you have any questions, please contact Prachi Patankar, LMCC Program Manager, Grants & Services, 212-219-9401 ext. 117 ppatankar@lmcc.net.

About Creative Capital
The Professional Development Program was launched in 2003 to share with a broader community of artists the tools and strategies for improved self-sufficiency that were initially developed for Creative Capital grantees. This acclaimed program includes a diverse menu of workshops that helps artists to plan, promote and manage their careers to build toward long-term sustainability. With instruction in strategic planning, public relations and marketing, fundraising, and financial and time management, the Professional Development Program provides artists with the vital business tools to manage their practice so that creativity can flourish.

Creative Capital is a national nonprofit organization dedicated to providing integrated financial and advisory support to artists pursuing innovative and adventurous projects in five disciplines: Emerging Fields, Film/Video, Innovative Literature, and Performing and Visual Arts. Working in long-term partnership with artists, Creative Capital’s pioneering approach to support combines funding, counsel, and career development services to enable a project’s success and foster a successful and sustainable practice for its grantees. In its first decade, Creative Capital has committed more than $20 million in financial and advisory support to 325 projects representing 406 artists, and has reached an additional 2,700 artists through its Professional Development Program. For more information, visit www.creative-capital.org.

About LMCC
Lower Manhattan Cultural Council (LMCC), a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, has been a leading voice for arts and culture downtown and throughout New York City for over 35 years, producing cultural events and promoting the arts through grants, services, advocacy and cultural development programs.

LMCC works locally, supporting over 1000 artists and small arts groups each year in Manhattan and greater New York with project grants, free space to create and present work, curated presentation opportunities and professional development programs. Its most successful training program is Basic Finance for Artists, a six-week intensive seminar on personal finance. To learn more, visit www.lmcc.net.