An Informational Session will be conducted by the Broward Cultural Division staff, for the very successful Artist as an Entrepreneur Institute (AEI) , which will convene this summer beginning on June 4th. The Informational Session will be held on Tuesday, April 26th at 6PM, in conjunction with the South Florida Artists Association, Inc. Artist “Meet-up,” at Bailey Contemporary Arts (BaCA), 41 NE 1st Street in Pompano Beach. This informational session will be offered to learn about the AEI and the various services the Division offers to artists in the region. There is no charge to attend. RSVP by contacting Bailey Contemporary Arts (954) 284-0141
The AEI program will be presented on four Saturdays in June, at ArtServe, 1350 E. Sunrise Blvd. in Fort Lauderdale. Artists of all disciplines are encouraged to attend, including but not limited to sculptors, illustrators, metalworkers, writers, dancers, jewelers, musicians, performance artists, media/filmmakers, photographers, designers and all interdisciplinary artists. Artists residing in any county are invited and welcome to attend.
AEI is a course of study designed to assist individual artists by cultivating and advancing their business skills, and helping them to strengthen their operating infrastructure and expand their business. To date, more than 500 South Florida artists have graduated from the Institute, and many with exceptional success stories that follow. AEI will be presented from 9AM – 6PM onJune 4th, 11th & 18th and the Business Plan Clinic and Workshop on June 25th, 9AM – 2PM., and will offer a curriculum of 20 different sessions over the four Saturdays.
Registrants will receive an AEI course book; an indispensable resource for artists. Developed by CPAC, the course book features exercises and readings to prepare for each session, and is tailored to the specific needs of artist entrepreneurs.
Designed to help artists operate in the marketplace more successfully, the AEI course curriculum covers all aspects of developing an artistic business. It helps participants develop a personal brand, develop strategies for communicating with target markets, raise capital and identify a variety of tools for protecting one’s work legally. AEI offers critical support, enabling artists to contribute to the vitality of the larger urban arts and culture sector. Sessions include a mix of lectures, panels, group discussions and practical exercises.
The Business Plan Clinic’s topics will guide participants through preparation of a simple business plan, an essential tool for any artist. In addition, participants will learn how to work effectively with lenders to obtain financial support.
Participation costs is $100 and includes light refreshments and free parking. For members of ArtServe, registration is $75. RSVP for Informational Session Online. For more information contact Jim Shermer at 954-357-7502.
About the Broward Cultural Division
Broward Cultural Division is a local arts agency, one of thousands across the U.S. providing financial, technical and marketing assistance to artists and arts organizations. Broward County has nearly 1.9 million residents, 13.4 million visitors, 10,000 artists, 6,291 arts-related businesses employing 23,498 people, 823 not-for-profit cultural organizations and 31 cities, some of which operate their own arts councils and public art programs. For more information about the Broward Cultural Division, call 954-357-7457. Visit the website and follow on Twitter@BrowardArts and Facebook.
CPAC, program founder of the AEI, has provided comprehensive business training to more than 800 artists nationwide; this service is made possible by the generous financial support of the Cleveland Foundation, the George Gund Foundation, the Kulas Foundation, and the John P. Murphy Foundation.