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.
Artist INC Live Oklahoma City will be one of the first programs in Oklahoma of its kind.
“The Oklahoma Visual Arts Coalition regularly offers a series of business workshops for artists, called the Artist Survival Kit. However, those workshops are usually shorter, half-day workshops on a specific topic,” Karper said.
“This is the first time we will offer an eight-week course for a more extensive learning experience for the artists. It's also the first time we are offering this kind of professional development for multiple artistic disciplines,” she said.
Gavaghan said Artist INC Live will leave Oklahoma artists with the building blocks to plan, fund and market their projects on a much bigger scale.
Applications for Artist INC Live are currently being accepted. Only 25 artists will be selected to participate. The deadline to apply is June 15. Selected artists will be notified of acceptance in July. Payment of $125 will be required upon acceptance to the program. Six local artists have been trained to serve as facilitators for the program.
“This is an extraordinary opportunity for an artist to build their business skills,” Gavaghan said.
“The application process itself is intense, so do not wait until the last minute to apply.”
Artist INC Live Oklahoma City is scheduled to run Oct. 1 through Nov. 19.
Application guidelines and online submission forms can be found at www.ArtistSurvivalKit.org.
“Artist INC Live is a model program that has had a tremendous impact on the careers of artists in the Kansas City area,” Karper said. “We are thrilled to bring this program to Oklahoma, knowing the potential it has to move artists' careers forward.”
“Additionally, we are looking forward to bringing artists of multiple disciplines together,” she said. “The potential for collaboration, networking, and exchanging of ideas and resources is part of what makes this program so exciting.”
Artist INC Live helps artists to establish strategic plans, connect with resources for their careers, build peer networks and have financially sustainable careers.”