Working Artist 101

Working Artist 101 is a workshop series that teaches creative entrepreneurs foundational skills for building sustainable businesses. These workshops use hands-on exercises to allow participants to learn at their own pace. Sit in for one session or attend them all!

After participating in Working Artist 101, entrepreneurs will be prepared to take full advantage of business incubator programs like Bridgeway Capital’s ErieMade, complete strategic projects with the Beehive Network, and apply for grant support through Erie Arts & Culture and the Erie County Redevelopment Authority, among others. 

Classes will be held from 6:30 - 8 p.m. in Blasco Library’s Room 219 and virtually over Zoom. 

  • Wednesday, March 20 Career Planning
  • Wednesday, April 17 Engaging Customers + Selling
  • Wednesday, May 15 Recordkeeping
  • Wednesday, June 5   Funding + Grantwriting
  • Wednesday, July 17  Portfolio Development
  • Wednesday, August 21  Time Management

Register for all 6 workshops for $100, or for $20 per workshop. Participants who register for the entire Working Artist 101 curriculum may “audit” courses from ErieMade. We ask that you please register in advance to allow time for workshop materials to be prepared. If cost is a barrier to your participation, please contact Erie Arts & Culture staff.

This program is presented in partnership with Bridgeway Capital

Bridgeway’s ErieMade Business Academy is a cohort for creative entrepreneurs that offers 1:1 consulting and weekly group learning sessions on essential topics for business owners, including marketing, financial literacy, and legal considerations. Erie Arts & Culture will use Bridgeway Capital’s Impact Measurement System to collect participant data and track program impact through regular progress reports. The IMS is part of a statewide initiative to track the impact of public and private investments in creative small businesses.

Erie Arts & Culture thanks Springboard for the Arts for providing free access to their Work of Art: Business Skills for Artists, a comprehensive professional development curriculum which informed the development of Working Artist 101. 

Questions? Contact Casey Corritore, Program Officer of Capacity Building at [email protected] or 814-452-3427 x 108.

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