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What is PDP?

Developed by artists for artists, our Professional Development Program provides career, community and confidence building tools to help all artists become successful artists. Over the past 11 years, we’ve worked with more than 8,000 artists in 375 communities, and in that time we’ve learned a lot. Whether you're an organization looking to partner with us or an artist looking for your own opportunities for advancement, you’ve come to the right place. Learn how PDP is right for you.

 Artist to Artist

Our leaders are not only experts in what they teach—most are practicing artists, and many are Creative Capital awardees. Leaders introduce concepts and practical tools, then share how they are used in their own lives. This approach helps participants understand how they can use these tools themselves and it encourages artists to share resources.

Our Workshop Leaders...

Practical Tools

We understand the importance of both immediate and lasting impact. Our programs offer a variety of practical tools and strategies that artists can start using right away. To complement these tools, we help you develop a personalized strategy for long-term success.

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 Community Building

Our artist-to-artist model encourages artists to work together. We believe collaboration creates vibrant and long-lasting arts communities nationwide. It’s why we partner with local organizations to offer our workshops and it's why we encourage a diverse participant group. Workshop size is intentionally small, letting participants really get to know each other and form connections.

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Sustainable Success

We are dedicated to continuous improvement and want you to be too. Between our full suite of workshops, webinars and online resources, you will always find new opportunities. Our commitment to rigorous self-evaluation ensures that our curriculum encompasses the newest and most relevant ideas and information to help artists thrive in an increasingly complex world.

Artists who have found success through PDP...


Who We Are

Created by artists for artists, Creative Capital’s Professional Development Program empowers artists to advance their careers.

The Professional Development Program grew out of Creative Capital's work with our grantees. As part of our model of investing in the artists we support, we provide the tools and strategies they need to gain self-sufficiency as artists. We quickly found that not only were our grantees benefiting immensely from what they learned, they were sharing these lessons with their peers. This spirit of community building and resource sharing inspired us to create a full suite of high-quality professional development opportunities accessible to artists everywhere.

Across PDP you will find our hallmark: the artist to artist learning method. Most of our staff and leaders are practicing artists from a wide range of backgrounds and disciplines. At least one leader at every workshop is an artist. These leaders are not only trained in the PDP curriculum, they speak from personal experience, sharing how they apply the concepts they teach in their own practice. In our 10 years of working with artists across the country, we've found that this approach is instrumental in inspiring participants to see the value and potential of using the tools for themselves.

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Workshop and Webinar Leader Dread Scott on PDP's Artist to Artist Teaching Model:

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    Sep 22 – Sep 22

    Webinar: Social Media - How to Be Everywhere All the Time, with Eve Mosher

    Sep 29 – Sep 29

    Webinar: Artists Raising Kids, with Andrew Simonet

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