Arts Council workshops teach artists business development, 8-class series

CEDAR CITY — Artists in the literary, performing, and visual arts who want to refine their business skills have a unique opportunity to participate in the Professional Development Workshop Series sponsored by the Cedar City Arts Council, with eight workshops spread out from Sept. 6 through Feb. 28, 2015.

Debbie Drake, a program director at the Southwest Applied Technology College, and other professionals will lead the workshops, training local artists and arts organizations in the business side of arts management.

“The eight classes each focus on a specific component of a business plan,” Drake said, “so the artists that complete the series will possess a working business plan and have a clear direction for their successful future.”

The first workshop will be held Saturday, from 10 a.m.-noon at the Cedar City Aquatic Center. The emphasis “Mission and Vision” will be led jointly by Drake and Deborah Snider, assistant professor of art education at Southern Utah University and president of the Cedar City Arts Council.

The full schedule of workshops includes:

Sept. 6 Mission and Vision
Sept. 20 Description and Market Analysis
Oct. 11 Management team/Mentors/SWOT
Nov. 1 Marketing/Branding/Logo
Jan. 17 Finances
Jan. 31 Grant Writing
Feb. 14 Summary/Legal Issues (copyright)
Feb. 28 Celebration! Present Plans/Art

The Cedar City Arts Council strives to support artists of all disciplines and increase access to the arts throughout our area.  These workshops are designed to help both individuals and groups to increase their audiences, funding and impact.  Visual artists, actors, dancers, writers, film makers and musicians will all benefit from these workshops.

Cost is free for members of the Art Council or $10 per workshop for nonmembers. Arts Council memberships start at $10 per year and membership applications are available online or at the door of the workshops.

Event details and resources

  • What: Professional Development Workshops
  • When: Starting Sept. 6 from 10 a.m.-noon (see full schedule above)
  • Where: Cedar City Aquatic Center,  2090 W. Royal Hunte Drive, Cedar City
  • More Info: Cedar City Arts Council

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