News / Blog

Art Business Night School is Open for Registration!

Erika Enomoto

Communications Manager

School is now in session! Art Business Night School is back to put some spring in your entrepreneurial step.

From writing a contract to polishing your presentation skills, there is always something new to learn when you’re preparing or strengthening your business as an artist. We know the days are full so we’re bringing you four six-week evening sessions, each geared towards different learning goals. You’ll walk away with a full brain, new skills, and concrete takeaways that will help you along the path to sustainable entrepreneurship, successful grant applications, and more. Space is limited so reserve your spot today!

Need-based and Filipinx scholarships available by request.

Promotion Fundamentals
Thursdays, July 27-August 31, 7-9pm
Hugo House (Gary Classroom)
with Natasha Marin
This class, led by conceptual artist, writer, and communications professional Natasha Marin, will help you develop strategies and goals for effectively promoting your work. Through interactive exercises and group discussions, you’ll identify the best platforms for your work, learn the key components of your web and social media presence, and practice your networking skills, so you can talk about your work online or in person with confidence.

Business Fundamentals
Mondays, August 7-September 18 (No class on 9/4), 7-9pm  
Mt. Baker Lofts (Community Room)
with Ben Kerr
In this class, attorney Benjamin Kerr leads you through the essentials of business and finance for artists. Copyright, earning scenarios, patent law all those complicated legal terms you didn’t learn in school you’ll learn here. By the end of the class, you’ll know how to create a business plan; understand contracts, taxes, and insurance; and be able to organize and manage your finances, so you can support yourself and your artistic practice. 

Career in Focus
Tuesdays, September 5-October 10, 7-9pm
Tashiro Kaplan (Community Room)
with Leilani Lewis
Led by arts leader Leilani Lewis, this class will help you sharpen your professional vision and realize your aspirations. Through assignments, exercises, and group discussion, you’ll create a 10-year vision for your artistic practice, set short- and long-term goals, and practice the professional skills you’ll need to turn your plans into action. By the end of the class, you’ll know what it takes to make it as an artist and sustain your work over the course of a career.

Polish & Prep for Opportunities
Thursdays, 10/5-11/16 (no class on 10/12), 7-9pm
Mt. Baker Lofts (Community Room)
with Kristen Ramirez
In this class, multidisciplinary artist and public art manager Kristen Ramirez covers the essentials any artist needs to apply for grants, residencies, calls for submissions, and other opportunities. In-class exercises and discussion will help you better understand the application process, prepare application materials, and identify the right opportunities for your work. At the end of the class, you’ll have an artist statement, resume, biography, and other parts of a successful grant application and portfolio, and be ready to apply for support for your work.

Questions? Contact Zach Frimmel at