Lawrence Artists: Assets for Artists wants to work with you!
Assets for Artists is thrilled to announce our new programming to serve Lawrence, Massachusetts! We’ve held several workshops in Lawrence and we’re excited about its growing artist community. Tapping into this wealth of creative energy, A4A will offer business resources and financial opportunities to artists interested in building a strong foundation in entrepreneurship. With generous funding from the Surdna Foundation, we are excited to enroll a new cohort of current Lawrence artists (and artists planning to move to Lawrence!) who are looking to give their creative enterprise a boost!
We’re teaming up with Lawrence Community Works to bring our programming to Lawrence in the most effective way possible! It’s a simple equation: LCW’s focus on asset-building and community organizing + A4A’s expertise in artist services = a city that’s ready to support its creative entrepreneurs.
Apply by October 23 to join a network of artists across New England who have been growing their businesses with the help of A4A since 2008. Artists at all income levels are encouraged to apply.
Want to see a sampling of artists in eastern Massachusetts who have previously participated in our program?
Check out these creatives below and head to their website for more:
|Lina Maria Giraldo
2014 A4A Artist
2012 A4A Artist
2013 A4A Artist
Lawrence Matched Savings Program
Assets for Artists’ matched savings program is an innovative support model that helps artists strengthen their creative practice and grow its long-term sustainability. Since 2008, Assets for Artists has served over 200 artists across the Northeast.
Artists selected for our 2015 Lawrence Matched Savings Program will receive:
A “matched savings” grant that serves as working capital to be invested in the artist’s creative business. Participants are provided with grants of $1,000 or $2,000 to match a corresponding amount of savings, and the combined amount is used by the artist toward implementing their business plan.
Free professional development services, including regionally located workshops on financial management and business planning.
Free one-on-one coaching in the development of the artist’s business plan.
Creative entrepreneurs in all disciplines and financial circumstances are welcome to apply!
If you’re an artist/maker motivated to improve your financial & business management skills and to make investments aimed at growing your creative enterprise, we’d love to hear from you.
|“This has been a wonderful chance for me to learn about financial literacy, build savings habits, and expand my business. The classes were so helpful and informative, and the group dynamic was very supportive.” – Liz Lawrence, Lowell-based musician|
|“I never in my wildest dreams expected a financial planning workshop to be so stimulating, informative and just plain fun. I especially appreciated the perspective that what we’re talking about is how to continue our creative practice into our 80s… not just planning for the next project. That was such a great affirmation of myself and my life as an artist. Soul food and financial tools. What a great menu you offered. I’m looking forward to our next session. Thanks for the opportunity to participate in this project!”– Margot Stage, Lowell-based fiber artist|
Professional Development Workshops
Lawrence artists/makers are also encouraged to apply for our Professional Development Workshops. (Lawrence artists, you are welcome at any of these workshops – not just the one in Lawrence. Please apply!)
These trainings are geared to help artists maximize their entrepreneurial potential. This fall, we’re offering three expert-led workshops to help artists in all disciplines boost their marketing prowess. Apply to participate in one, two, or all three!
Sarah Platanitis is a lifestyle journalist and media educator focused on public relations tools for artists. In this workshop, participants will develop marketing and PR savvy, learn to work more effectively with journalists, improve their websites, and gain skills related to presenting and interviewing.
Crowdfunding and Identity Building for Performing Artists with Seth Lepore. Thursday, December 3, 12-5pm – Boston, MA
Seth Lepore is a touring performer, writer, educator and arts advocate. Two things that artists of all genres struggle with are asking for money and knowing how to talk about their work. This workshop will dig into how to make your crowdfunding campaign functional, efficient, and streamlined. We’ll also cover how to build your identity so that you can completely be yourself in a crowded marketplace without feeling like a “brand.”
Find Your Message: Branding and Marketing for Visual Artists with Jessica Burko. December 2, 1-6pm & December 3 (for selected artists) – Lawrence, MA
Jessica Burko is a practicing artist, independent curator, and Arts Marketing professional. In the group workshop on 12/2, Jessica will help visual artists and craftspeople gain a better understanding of how to present their work, how to identify their target audience, and how to create a detailed marketing plan while building the confidence to implement it. On 12/3, selected artists will be invited to meet individually with Jessica for an in-depth discussion of specific marketing questions and concerns, and to review their arts marketing strategies.
Interested? Click here to apply by October 23, 2015!
Are you a Massachusetts artist not based in Lawrence? Click here to learn more about our statewide opportunities for Massachusetts artists.
Not located in Massachusetts? Please check back again soon or add yourself to our email list for updates and future programming opportunities in your area!