NEW HAVEN – A new six-month "comprehensive professional practice program for Connecticut visual artists" begins this month.
The program, Make.Art.Work., is presented by The Arts Council of Greater New Haven, Cultural Alliance of Fairfield County and the Greater Hartford Arts Council with support from the Emily Hall Tremaine Foundation, according to a statement.
The first of eight workshops: “Goal Setting and Career Planning” will be presented Jan. 28 New Haven, the statement said.
The workshop will also be presented on Jan. 29 in Hartford and on Jan. 30 in Fairfield, the statement said.
"Over the course of the program, artists will learn to strengthen their ability to set and achieve career goals, increase their business knowledge and entrepreneurial skill set, and develop a network of peer artists to foster continual career support," the statement said.
"Participants will have access to eight workshops presented January through June 2013. Each workshop will be presented in New Haven, Fairfield, and Hartford. Participants may choose one workshop or register for the series. Individual workshops are $28 each or artists may join the Artist Cohort program by registering for all eight workshops for $170, a savings of $54, and receive bonus benefits."
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The “Goal Setting and Career Planning” workshop will address the art of setting SMART goals (specific, measurable/meaningful, attainable, relevant, timely) and will be taught by creative career coach, Jane Pollak (www.janepollak.com), author of Soul Proprietor. Participants will gain the know-how to successfully set short and long-term goals that create meaningful results, moving closer to career goals as artists. During this workshop, artists should expect to create a one year goal; structure the calendar year to reflect that purpose by using mind maps; commit to a long-term goal and establish the map to its achievement. If you are actively showing and selling art work in pursuit of a professional career as an artist, then this series shows you the steps that will get you where you want to go.
The full-series will consist of six workshops taking place on weeknight evenings and will be two and one- half hours in length. The remaining two workshops will be held on a single Saturday, with both morning and afternoon sessions. Other workshops will include topics such as marketing and legal issues. Artists may choose to attend sessions at either Fairfield University, University of Hartford or University of New Haven. Enrollment in Make.Art.Work. workshops is limited to ensure each participant’s individual artistic needs are met.
Editor's note: All information in this post was contributed.