Artist INC Live to offer business skills to artists

Artist INC Live Oklahoma City is a new program giving 25 Oklahoma artists the opportunity to hone their business skills.
By Tiffany Brown Published: May 21, 2013
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Calling all artists. An organization established to give artists business skills to succeed will be coming to Oklahoma in the fall.

Artist INC Live Oklahoma City is giving 25 Oklahoma artists the opportunity to hone their business skills and turn their passion for art into a successful business.

“Artist INC is designed for artists of all disciplines, including visual art, dance, music, theater, writing, performance and more,” said Kelsey Karper, associate director of the Oklahoma Visual Arts Coalition.

According to its website, Artist INC was founded in Kansas City in 2009 to connect artists with resources, tools and opportunities necessary to develop their entrepreneurial skills.

“Artist INC Live helps artists to establish strategic plans, connect with resources for their careers, build peer networks and have financially sustainable careers,” Karper said.

The Oklahoma Visual Arts Coalition is collaborating with the Norman Arts Council, the City of Oklahoma City Office of Arts and Cultural Affairs, Oklahoma Contemporary Arts Center and Oklahoma Film and Music Office.

“Partnerships like these make Oklahoma arts really strong,” said Erinn Gavaghan the executive director of the Norman Arts Council. “We are thrilled to be working with these fabulous organizations to bring this amazing opportunity to local artists.”

Oklahoma Visual Arts Coalition learned about Artist INC last year.

“The program has been very effective for the participating artists and OVAC was watching it as a model program,” Karper said.

“In the last four years, around 300 artists have participated in the Artist INC Live program in Kansas City. The knowledge and networks gained through the program have led to strong, positive changes in their art business practice.”

When the opportunity to become a part of Artist INC Live came, local organizations took advantage.

“The Mid-America Arts Alliance issued a call last fall for organizations in Oklahoma and Arkansas to apply to host the program in their communities,” Karper said. “We were thrilled to be selected to host the program here in Oklahoma City.”

The Oklahoma Contemporary Arts Center hosted a workshop May 11 to give artists a preview of what can be expected from the program.

The two-hour workshop held Saturday included a discussion of some of the common behaviors of successful entrepreneurial artists, as well as information about the Artist INC Live program.

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Artist INC Live helps artists to establish strategic plans, connect with resources for their careers, build peer networks and have financially sustainable careers.”

Kelsey Karper,
Associate director

of the Oklahoma Visual Arts Coalition

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