Workshops and Programs

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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.

In 2020, Creative Capital launched a series of free, online conversations and workshops to help artists navigate the economic shutdown, gain a sense of community, and better understand how to structure their careers in a post-pandemic world. During the run of this series of programs alone, we reached nearly 15,000 artists all over the world. Sign up for our newsletter to receive updates about new and upcoming workshops.


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.

Financial Well-Being for Artists
Amy Smith is a working artist and Creative Capital Awardee with expertise in bookkeeping, budgeting, tax preparation, and financial management. Her workshops provide an overview of expense tracking and taxes, credit, debt, emergency funds, and long-term savings.

Artists in a Covid Economy
In this free online conversation, Amy Smith joins panelists Daniel Park, Kristina Wong, and Caroline Woolard to discuss how to better manage a self-sustaining practice amid uncertainty and rapidly changing economic conditions, exploring ideas from cooperative principles and bartering networks to investment groups and entrepreneurship.

Coping with COVID
During the 2020 economic shutdown, there were many unknowns, especially for artists. While the US government committed extra support to formerly full-time workers, many artists are part-time gig workers, who did not benefit from these measures. In this free online conversation, Elaine Grogan Luttrull, CPA-PFS, AFC, covers ways to manage income and expenses during the pandemic, tax filing extensions and what they mean for creative individuals, potential options for unemployment benefits, and more.

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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 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.

Holder’s Guide to Grantwriting

Inside a Grant or Residency Panel Process
Creative Capital Awardee James Scruggs leads this workshop with a mock panel process. The course gives artists a look at what happens during a panel selection process for artist grants, including what panelists look for and consider, and tips that can bolster their applications.


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.

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

Creating a Marketing Strategy
Using case studies of both traditional and non-traditional artist marketing strategies, Dread Scott covers all aspects of marketing artists’ work, including defining goals, developing effective tools, tactics, and messaging, and identifying, engaging, and building an audience and supportive community.

Effective Negotiation
Kirby Tepper combines his experience as a performer, writer, and psychotherapist to help artists acquire verbal communication skills for public speaking, fundraising, conflict resolution, and presentations. Designed for artists in all disciplines, this workshop teaches how to negotiate with confidence.


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.

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

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. Read More.

The Power of Culture
The Center for Cultural Power leads this workshop, designed by and for Black, Indigenous, People of Color artists, delving into cultural power—the intersection of arts and activism. Designed to inspire artists to recognize their “superpowers” to create social change while building community, the workshop provides a framework of cultural activism for artists of all levels and all disciplines.

 


Artistic Practice

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

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

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.

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.

Archival Storytelling Strategy
Grammy Award-nominated producer and archival storyteller Jocelyn Arem uses a dynamic style to teach participants how to engage archival content with their own unique creative perspectives. Participants receive a hands-on practicum in creating an archival storytelling project plan that will help them improve their creative presence.

Read our interview with Arem


Partner Workshops

See our network of partner organizations.

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.