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Artist Support Programs

Artist Trust offers business practices programming, networking opportunities, and resources for artists of all disciplines to establish and maintain successful careers. See more Artist Support Programs offerings.

October 2017

  1. The Arts Innovator Award, funded by the Dale and Leslie Chihuly Foundation, is an unrestricted award of $25,000 given annually to two Washington State artists of any discipline. The award recognizes artists who demonstrate innovation in their art practice. Examples would be artists who are originating new work, experimenting with new ideas, taking risks, and pushing the boundaries in their respective fields. In this hour-long webinar, we will walk you through different components of the application, answer commonly asked questions, introduce our new grant application system, and take questions from attendees. This webinar will be recorded and uploaded to YouTube.

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  2. Making it in the art world is often about connections. But if you dont 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 youre new to town, still finding your way, or more focused on making work than making connections, youll leave this workshop knowing how to effectively make contact with people you have identified as important to your success.

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November 2017

  1. The “elevator speech” is often used in the business world. It’s based on the idea that you only have the time it takes to get from the top to bottom floor of a building to introduce yourself and your work. Practice telling your story, and learn effective networking techniques to build on the connections you make in the arts community. By the end of the workshop, you’ll be more comfortable talking about yourself and your work and be prepared for your next networking opportunity.

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  2. Artist statements are hard to write, but they're an important tool for artists working in any discipline. In this workshop, you'll learn the basics of writing successful artist statements and create your own. By the end of the workshop, you'll have a solid statement to use for grant, residency, or fellowship applications, on your website, and/or in your portfolio. This workshop is presented in partnership with the Auburn Department of Parks, Art & Recreation.

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  3. Led by activist and sculptor Humaira Abid, this workshop will help you find audiences and markets for your work. You'll learn strategies for effective communications and how to develop goals, objectives, and an action plan. The workshop will also include discussion of press releases, websites, elevator speeches, and networking to help you build your audience online and in person.

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