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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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.”

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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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