Artist Trust offers professional development programs that help artists of all disciplines across Washington State professionalize their art-making practice and establish and maintain successful careers.
Our workshops provide practical instruction through lectures, presentations, and exercises covering the business skills essential to your art career. Led by established artists and arts professionals, workshops are offered statewide and include topics such as taxes and finance, legal issues, grantwriting, promotions, social media, and many more.
Art Business Night School
Art Business Night School is a series of career-training workshops that teach artists about the business of being an artist. Designed for artists of all disciplines, the workshops provide a comprehensive survey of strategies, tools, and best practices through a hands-on, interactive curriculum and emphasize community building through knowledge-sharing, mentorship, and networking.
Based on Artist Trust’s long-running EDGE program, a national model for artist career training, this multi-week series focus on business, promotions, applying for opportunities, and other topics and are led by practicing artists and arts professionals.
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Office Hours is a free grantwriting support program for artists of all disciplines looking for advice on how to apply for funding from Artist Trust. In these one-on-one meetings, our staff explain the application process, provide feedback on grants, and answer questions about funding programs.
Each appointment is 20 minutes long, and RSVP is required via email. The appointments are participants driven, so come prepared with questions. If you have application materials you’d like us to review in advance, contact Lydia at firstname.lastname@example.org at least three days in advance of your appointment.
Town Halls bring together artists, arts leaders, supporters, and stakeholders to discuss issues, policies, and resources impacting the livelihood of artists. Past Town Hall discussions include affordable housing, balancing art-making with financial sustainability, and the art of failure.