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Cultivating Professional Relationships for Artists / Seattle

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Venue:   Hugo House
1021 Columbia St
Seattle, WA 98104

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$50/$40 AT members (email Zach for member code)

Event Information

Cultivating Professional Relationships for Artists / Seattle

Price #1: $50/$40 AT members (email Zach for member code)
Price #2: $90/$70 AT members if you’d like to take both of Robin Held’s workshops, which includes this one and the Optimizing Your Artist Resume on 3/10.

Making it in the art world is often about connections. But if you don’t know many people, where do you begin? In this workshop led by creative strategist Robin Held, you’ll take the first steps towards cultivating professional relationships with gatekeepers, stakeholders, influencers, funders, supporters and collaborators. Whether you’re new to town, still finding your way, or more focused on making work than making connections, you’ll leave this workshop knowing how to effectively make contact with people you have identified as important to your success.

*This workshop is open to artists of all disciplines.

The workshop includes:
- Presentation by Robin Held, with Q & A (1 hour);
- Break (10 min);
- Two break-out sessions with team exercises to build both your skills and peer network (20 mins each);
- Break (10 min);
- Group session to review and share exercise results, plus wrap-up and evaluations (1 hour)

- Cultivating a professional relationship, from initiating contact to next steps
- How to identify and research potential connections
- Making the most of a meeting
- Common mistakes and best practices for effective professional communication

- A sample email you can use to initiate contact
- Understanding how to say thank you
- Practice your networking skills and building your peer network

Robin Held

ROBIN HELD is a creative strategist and cultural entrepreneur. Direct work with artists to realize their most ambitious projects is a through line of her career, in roles as varied as curator of more than 100 museum exhibitions and performances, producing partner, advisor to funders, grant writer, and executive. Currently, as Principal, Robin Held Consulting, she advises a client base of artists, organizations, and institutions, across sectors of art, science and new technology. From this vantage she provides creators with new resources, planning expertise, and capital investment. Her past positions include Director, Neddy Artist Awards, Cornish College of the Arts; Executive Director, Reel Grrls; Deputy Director, Exhibitions and Collections, Frye Art Museum; Associate Curator, Henry Art Gallery, University of Washington.

Interested disciplines

All Disciplines, Arts-Related, Craft, Dance, Design, Emerging Fields & Cross-Disciplinary, Film/Media Arts, Folk/Traditional Arts, Literary Arts, Multidisciplinary Arts, Music, Performing Arts, Photography, Public Art, Theater, Visual Arts