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PDP News: New Webinars, Tips & Tools for Artists and More

February 24, 2014

The Professional Development Program (PDP) is dedicated to helping artists in all disciplines build and sustain their creative practices. PDP started 2014 off with a bang, presenting 11 workshops in 9 cities in January and February alone. We're also continuing to expand our slate of webinars to make our content more accessible for all artists. Keep reading for a variety of workshops and webinars designed to make this your most successful year yet! 

Tonight, very special guest Brian Tate hosts a brand-new webinar, The Seven Elements of Strategic Marketing. Tate is a marketing strategist, musician, and culture creator. He is singer-songwriter of the band Shrine for the Black Madonna and president of The Tate Group, a consulting firm. He has developed marketing plans for Bedford-Stuyvesant, Broadway, Jamaica Queens, Brooklyn NY, Washington DC, and numerous cultural initiatives. Also coming soon, Stephanie Bleyer leads Artist-Community Engagement, Andrew Simonet explains Real-Life Budgeting and Eve Mosher teaches Social Media: How to Be Everywhere All the Time. Be sure to check out the full list of upcoming webinars below, or visit our Online Calendar

In other webinar news, we’re in the midst of developing two new regularly offered webinars. Any of you who have taken our Verbal Communications workshop know Kirby Tepper and his ability to empower artists to speak with pride, be it at a lecture, a cocktail party or in a boardroom. Soon, he’ll be offering a webinar teaching participants how to negotiate with confidence. Also, the incredibly versatile Maxine Lapiduss will be adapting her popular workshop Authentic Branding into webinar form. 

In January, we began hosting a series of workshops in seven cities nationwide underwritten by Tequila Herradura, a partnership we couldn’t be more excited to continue. We’ve already hosted workshops in Chicago, New York, San Francisco, Austin and Los Angeles; we’ll finish up in March in Atlanta and Miami. Hip-hop artist Naledge, AKA Jabari Evans, who participated in our 3Arts Financial Literacy Workshop in Chicago, wrote, “The all-day seminar and discussion was uplifting, if not therapeutic, for attendees such as myself who almost never have an open forum to discuss our financial struggles with those who can empathize.” To read about these workshops, click here. Many thanks to Tequila Herradura for their generosity in supporting artists’ professional development across the country.

Some of you may be aware already of the passing of legendary NYC gallerist Hudson of Feature Inc. We were fortunate to sit down and speak with Hudson in January as part of our Conversations Inside webinar interview series. In memory of Hudson, we've posted his interview to share with you here.

On Creative Capital’s blog The Lab, we share tips and resources for artists working in all disciplines. This includes the popular Page from Our Handbook series of best practices, which is based on the Artist’s Tools Handbook we give to each PDP core workshop participant. Some recent posts to check out:

A Page From Our Handbook: Intro to Funding for Art Projects
A Page from Our Handbook: Building Relationships With Funders
From Artist to Enterprise: Organizational Structures for Artists
Real-Life Budgeting: Building a Sustainable Life as an Artist
Internet for Artists: Why We Only Recommend Two Website Services

The Seven Elements of Strategic Marketing with Brian Tate
February 27: Artist-Community Engagement with Stephanie Bleyer
March 17: Real Life Budgeting with Andrew Simonet
March 24: Social Media: How To Be Everywhere All the Time with Eve Mosher

>> Can’t make the live-stream? All registrants receive a recording of the live webinar, so if you sign up, you can watch the webinar at your leisure. 
>> Catch up on topics you’ve missed! Recordings of Conversations Inside and other select webinars are now available for purchase after the event. Browse on-demand webinars.

March 15: Financial Literacy Workshop, New York Arts Program, New York, NY
March 29: Authentic Branding Workshop, Flux Projects/PushPush Theatre, Atlanta, GA
March 31: Authentic Branding Workshop, Miami Dade Department of Cultural Affairs, Miami, FL
April 26: Taller Profesional de Desarollo Para Artistas, Taller Puertoqueño, Philadelphia, PA
May 2–4: Core Workshop, Alaska State Council on the Arts, Anchorage, AK
May 10: Taller Profesional de Desarollo Para Artistas, Arts & Science Council of Charlotte-Mecklenburg and ArtSi, Charlotte, NC

Interested in partnering with PDP to bring a workshop to your city? Learn more on our website.

“During the Creative Capital weekend workshop, it became painfully obvious that I wasn’t comfortable talking about my art. I have since pushed myself in this area by doing more artist talks at galleries and have become very comfortable with this. I say that so easily, but it’s been hard work. Those two-minute elevator speeches and the presentation we were required to do will always be a great, great lesson for me. I delved deeper into why I was creating the art, finding my authentic voice, not someone else’s words. Now, I truly enjoy talking about my art and had an invigorating artist talk at a recent solo exhibit.”

Read more of Audrey’s PDP Story on The Lab.

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