Education and Programs


Since 2003, Creative Capital has pioneered developing free and affordable programs to help artists of all backgrounds gain career, community, and confidence-building tools to support every aspect of their creative practices. Through workshops on our own platforms, and in partnership with universities, organizations, and foundations across the country, we produce artist-led career advancement and educational programs that have reached 30,000 artists.

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Financial workshop leaders

Finances

Artists don’t always benefit from more general financial courses because of their unique needs and tax specifications. So, our programs addressing topics like financial well-being, realistic budgeting, and tax planning help are always artist-led and through an artist lens.

Artist Finances: Mindset & Money
Dancer and educator Erika Moore developed this online workshop for artists after recognizing her own pitfalls related to money management. Participants are guided through a holistic approach to money management, starting with uncovering their money blueprint. Mindset & Money is an engaging, high-energy, humorous workshop, filled with diverse perspectives on life, career, and choice.

Tuesday, September 14, 2021
7:00-8:30 pm ET

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Artist Finances: Building a Portfolio Career
“I just need more money” isn’t a business plan, even though it can seem like the simplest solution to financial woes. In this online workshop, CPA Elaine Grogan Luttrull will focus on the portfolio career framework—that is, earning income from a variety of activities—to match your own strengths with opportunities to monetize those strengths.

Monday, September 20, 2021
7:00-8:30 pm ET

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Artist Finances: Financial Literacy
Designed and led by Creative Capital Awardee Amy Smith—a working artist with expertise in bookkeeping, budgeting, tax preparation, and financial management—this online workshop is designed to better your money management skills and raise your financial literacy.

Tuesday, February 15, 2022
7:00-8:30pm ET

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Artist Finances: Tax Planning
This online workshop is designed to help artists prepare for filing 2021 taxes. Amy Smith will provide an overview of tax issues affecting artists, including income and expense tracking, deductions, entity types, and the changes made in the American Rescue Plan that affect tax year 2021.

Tuesday, February 22, 2022
7:00-8:30 pm ET

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Archiving series workshop leaders

Archiving Series

Career documentation and preserving one’s legacy are essential components of an artist’s life and practice, even early on in their careers, but artists don’t always learn the skills to properly archive work. In this series, a range of artists with different backgrounds share best practices for archival work.

Career Documentation and Your Legacy as an Artist
In this online workshop–applicable to artists of all disciplines–Antonia Perez will provide a summary of, and rationale for,  entering into the career documentation process. It will take into consideration that each artist will have their own style, approach, and affinities in how they go about this work.

Wednesday, September 29, 2021
7:00-8:30pm ET

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Career Documentation Workshop for Visual Artists
This online workshop, following up on the Career Documentation overview workshop, Antonia Perez will provide visual artists with practical recommendations to support their individual situations and needs in developing their own archiving systems.

Wednesday, October 6, 2021
7:00-8:30 pm ET

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Black Art is Eternal—Securing, Creating, and Sustaining Your Archival Legacy
In this highly interactive two-part online workshop, Black artists will have a unique opportunity to learn how to create an archive of their works. Archivist Steven Fullwood will present case studies on Black artists’ legacies and offer practical advice about organizing and maintaining archival materials.
Wednesdays, October 27 & November 10, 2021
7:00-8:30pm ET

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Archival Storytelling
For artists with archival catalog content to interpret, contextualize, give new meaning to and monetize, Jocelyn Arem, GRAMMY Award-nominated archival storytelling producer uses a dynamic style in this interactive four-part online workshop to teach participants how to leverage the full value of their creative content by creating a strategy to reimagine it for new audiences.

Thursdays, January 20, 27, February 3, & 10
7:00-8:30pm ET

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Grantwriting

Grants often involve opaque processes. With our courses on grantwriting, we pull back the curtain to give artists an advantage in raising money for their projects and their careers.

Grantwriting for Artists
Tracie Holder’s regularly scheduled multi-part online workshop helps artists in all disciplines gain confidence in fundraising and writing grant applications. In recent iterations, Holder has invited Creative Capital Awardees like Kristina Wong and Raja Feather Kelly to speak openly about their experiences applying for various grants.

Tuesdays, November 2, 9, 16, & 30
7:00-8:30pm ET

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Creative Evolutions

During the economic shutdown and the pandemic, many industries, including artists, were forced to reckon with their values, and redetermine how they operated. In this two-part series, called “Creative Evolutions,” we asked performing and visual artists how they see their craft presented to the public, and what kind of impact they hope to make as we confront a new normal.

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Creative Evolutions: Performing Artists Straddling the Stage and Screen
In this live-streamed conversation which took place on July 15, 2021 Creative Capital Awardees Raja Feather Kelly, Faye Driscoll, and Carmelita Tropicana discuss how they transformed their recent performances to include digital variations.

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Creative Evolutions: Artist Roles in Reimagining the Social
In this cross-field live online conversation which took place on July 29, 2021, Kenneth Bailey of the Design Studio for Social Intervention discuss the “Ideas-Arrangements-Effects” methodology and how artists can lead the way in imagining more just and vibrant arrangements for everyday life. Artists Tiago Gualberto and Marina Zurkow, will share their artistic social justice projects, uncovering the overlaps of insight and impact that come about when these two fields meet.

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Communications

Communicating through artwork and communicating about an artistic practice can require two separate skill sets. In our suite of educational programs about communications, we help artists better market and present their work on a variety of platforms.

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Artist Websites: Making Your Content Clear, Compelling, & Accessible

In this four-part workshop, Rachel Crawford and Megan Canning of The Constellation Collective help artists with best practices for designing a website and how to authentically represent their work through digital channels. The series also touches on key aspects of successful digital strategies, including search engine optimization, basic analytics, connecting websites to a mailing list, and choosing the right platforms.

How to Make a Compelling Website


Community

Developing and building community has been a fundamental part of Creative Capital from the very beginning. While all of our programs incorporate aspects of community building, others are specifically centered around using community to encourage sustainability, impact, and social good.

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Building Community for a Sustainable Creative Life

With two published books on the topic, Sharon Louden has developed an expertise in helping artists develop strategies for creating sustainable careers. In her multi-part workshop series, Louden helps artists apply their innate strengths to think outside the box and creatively problem-solve real-world issues as they navigate their place in the art ecosystem.

Read our interview with Louden

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Taller profesional para artistas (Taller)
Creative Capital’s Taller is a free four-month career development program for Spanish-speaking Latinx artists in New York City. The program introduces artists of all disciplines to strategic planning, financial, fundraising, and promotion skills and tools, while addressing challenges faced by Latinx artists working in multiple cultural and linguistic contexts in New York City.

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Artistic Practice

Artists lead workshops on new and developing trends of artistic practice that can take place in or outside of the studio.

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Making Your Interdisciplinary Practice Work for You

Because of the fluidity of the art world, artists often take on disparate titles like educator, curator, librarian, community organizer, or programmer. In her workshop, Sheetal Prajapati, an artist with years of experience balancing her artistic practice with her professional career, helps artists think strategically about how to position themselves in a range of environments and harness multiple skills to serve arts institutions.

Read our interview with Prajapati

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Ethical Storytelling Practices

As artists step into their power to build and shape narratives that affect the lives of those around them, it is important to consider not just what stories are told, but how stories are told. Creative strategist and documentary impact producer Sonya Childress takes artists through a framework for values-based storytelling and share examples of how storytellers might put those values into practice.

From the Archive
Tools for Artists in Civic Engagement and Turning Out the Vote

Artist and activist Favianna Rodriguez and electoral strategist Cristina Uribe provide an overview of the role of artists in powering political and cultural change in elections to take action for justice and a better future.


Partner Workshops

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We welcome and value partnerships with universities, fellowship programs, and other artist-support organizations. If your organization serves professional artists who are interested in advancing their careers, please contact us at [email protected] to discuss partnership opportunities including purchasing group access to our online workshops, hosting a custom Creative Capital workshop, proposing workshop content, and the mutual-sharing of information and resources.