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Craft Entrepreneurship Training (8-Week Course)

September 14, 2020 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Business education for craftspeople. This course is an intensive business processes class, aimed at beginning and mid-career craftspeople.

About this Event

Are you a mid-career craftsperson struggling to leave your day job or a new-to-the biz creative with dollar signs in your eyes? Join ArtSwell’s experienced instructors in an intensive business school experience aimed at you. From business structures to support systems, from credit cards to cash flow, this course will walk you through the process of creating a craft business that makes money. Each week you’ll work on activities and projects that lead you to a business plan. You’ll leave the class with a binder full of worksheets, ideas, contacts and checklists and be energized to make your craft business succeed.

This course is based on the REAL Entrepreneurship courses program and is a hands-on, activity-based experience. If you’ve tried to understand business principles before and been bored or frustrated, this is for you. If you want tools to understand your own craft business better, this is for you. You will learn to become a better networker, how to set up a solid business structure, and about financial structures that can help you make better business decisions. Course topics will include cash flow, production, costs and pricing, inventory, local resources, sales and promotions and more. These arts-business-specific skills are not currently offered in most university fine craft and fine art programs, but are essential for artists to function as businesses.

Both beginners and more experienced artisans can benefit from this course.

Participants are strongly encouraged to attend all sessions.

About the course pricing:

The standard fee for this intensive, 8-week course is $295 per participant. City of Raleigh residents are eligible to receive a discounted price of $145 per participant.

All participants will receive all course materials, course binder, etc.

Triangle ArtWorks is a proud member of the 2020 City of Raleigh Economic Development Impact Grant award program.

Thank you to the Emily Hall Tremaine Foundation, the City of Raleigh Office Of Economic Development Innovation Impact Partner Program, and The Mary Duke Biddle Fund for making this class possible.

About REAL Craft Entrepreneurship Courses-

Developed in cooperation with folks at Penland School of Craft, Handmade in America, Haywood Community College and The Sequoia Fund, this deep curriculum takes basic business and entrepreneurship training further with activities and experiences designed for craftspeople. Our accredited REAL instructors are experienced, successful craft artists with strong ties to both the retail and wholesale markets.

Instructors for the Spring 2020 Session are Cynthia Deis and Tiffany Coley.

We set our workshop fees low to make them accessible to those working in the arts, but also recoup some of our costs of presenting these programs. Love our work? Make a donation here. Want to attend, but find the fee prohibitive? Shoot us an email and we can help you.

By registering for this event, you agree to Triangle ArtWorks entering your email into our mailing list, so you will receive our newsletter which is chock full of arts news, job openings and other relevant info, as well as mailings ArtSwell professional development events. We are a nonprofit, so you will also get occasional mailings requesting donations to support our work for the Triangle arts sector.


September 14, 2020
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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