Professional Development

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.

Lunch and Learn: Writing Your Artist Statement and Biography / Workshop


Lunch and Learn: Writing Your Artist Statement and Biography / Workshop

Artist statements and biographies are hard to write, but they're important tools for artists working in any discipline. In this workshop, led by Artist Trust program managers Lydia Boss and Luther Hughes, you'll learn the basics of writing successful a artist statements and biography. This workshop will be interactive, so grab your lunch and come ready to start or refine your own materials! Read 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

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 at least three days in advance of your appointment.

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Town Halls

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.

Community Conversation: Demystifying Nonprofit Finance / Town Hall


Community Conversation: Demystifying Nonprofit Finance / Town Hall

Join us from 5 to 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, June 24 for the third in our series of virtual Community Conversations: Demystifying Nonprofit Finance. The event will begin with a short presentation on Artist Trust’s year end results for 2020, followed by a panel conversation that seeks to unpack how Washington State arts leaders are navigating community support, organizational stability, equity, and transparency as we re-enter the new normal post-pandemic. ArtsFund CEO Michael Greer will moderate a conversation featuring Vivian Hua (Northwest Film Forum), Martin Tran (Shunpike), Nina Yarbrough (CD Forum), along with Artist Trust leaders Subi Terhanian (Treasurer), Gems (Finance Manager), and Kristina Goetz (Acting ED). A Q&A with audience members will follow the conversation. Read More


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