UPDATED 04/30: The deadline has been extended to 11:59 p.m. May 7.
As artists, we often focus on curation and creativity, but what about the business side of things? Local activists and art supporters will shout from the rooftops that artists should be paid for their work and feel empowered to demand it. One organization has created a summit to teach artists specific business skills for their craft, and applications are open.
The Mid-America Arts Alliance (M-AAA) announced yesterday applications are open to artists for Artist INC Live in Northwest Arkansas, in partnership with the regional arts organization of the Northwest Arkansas Council. “Artist INC provides cutting-edge training seminars that address the specific daily business needs and challenges artists of all disciplines face,” according to a press release. Limited to 25 participants per seminar, artists gather for one night a week over eight weeks to learn business skills specific to their art practice and how to apply them later.
Applications are currently open through April 30, 2020. The program will take place 6:30–9:30 p.m. Tuesday evenings from June 23 to Aug. 11 at The Brewer Family Entrepreneurship Hub in Fayetteville. Artist INC is committed to keeping a safe and healthy environment for artists. An announcement will by made in early June if this schedule needs to change due to COVID-19 and CDC guidelines.
Application Requirements:
Applicants must be at least 18 years old and live within an 80-mile radius of Fayetteville. Undergraduate students are ineligible to apply, graduate students are eligible if they are not enrolled in classes during the Artist INC Session Dates (June 23–Aug. 11). All applications must be submitted online by Monday, April 30. To apply, visit the MAAA website.
All selected artists who participate in NWA Artist INC Live 2020 will have the usual $150 fee waived due to the current economic crisis. Participants are required to attend all sessions of the workshop, barring illness or emergency. Applicants will be notified of selection status on May 12.
Applicants facing difficulties completing online submissions should contact Cory Imig, Artist Services Manager at cory@maaa.org. Artists with program-specific questions should contact Lisa Marie Evans at me@lisamarieart.com, the NWA Artist INC Administrator.
About Mid-America Arts Alliance
Mid-America Arts Alliance (M-AAA) works collaboratively to provide more art for more people across its six states of Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, Oklahoma, and Texas. M-AAA strengthens and supports artists, cultural organizations, and communities throughout our region and beyond. We are especially committed to enriching the cultural life of historically underserved communities by providing high quality, meaningful, and accessible arts and culture programs and services. We believe in more art for more people. Additional information about M-AAA is available at www.maaa.org.