Fall 2019 Workshops

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Assets for Artists is back with FREE professional development workshops for artists in all disciplines. We have a great roster of workshops lined up in Massachusetts and Connecticut this fall (with more to come in Rhode Island, Connecticut, and Massachusetts in the Winter/Spring 2020). If you're serious about strengthening your practice, learning from art business and marketing experts, connecting with fellow artists and makers, and can commute to our workshop locations, we hope you’ll apply!

Although we call it an “application,” don’t be intimidated! It only takes a couple minutes, and well over half of all applicants receive a spot in the workshop.

Participation is FREE! Workshops will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis.

FALL DEADLINE: Friday, September 20, 2019

The A4A program promotes equal opportunity and seeks diversity in its workshop participants.

FALL WORKSHOPS

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TAXES FOR ARTISTS w/ Hannah Cole

Recommended for artists of all disciplines.

Hannah Cole is a tax expert who specializes in working with creative businesses and artists. A long-time working artist with a high-level exhibition history, Hannah has a unique vantage point for understanding the financial challenges of freelancers and small creative businesses. In this workshop she will discuss the basic tax equation and tax issues specifically relevant to artists, followed by a Q&A period. Hannah Cole is the founder of Sunlight Tax and is an Enrolled Agent with the IRS.

Available session:

October 6, 2019 | 1-3pm | Holyoke, MA

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DECIDING IF A GIG IS WORTH IT
w/ Billy Dean Thomas

Recommended for musicians and other performers with a gig-based career.

Billy Dean Thomas (aka “The Queer B.I.G.”) is a hip-hop recording artist, composer, and arts consultant whose work addresses intersectional feminism, social justice, and the difficulties of growing up in NYC. Currently residing in Boston, they are a recipient of the Boston Foundations Lab grant, the Barr Foundation Risk Taking Grant, and the City of Boston’s Opportunity Fund grant.

In this 4-hour workshop, Billy Dean will equip performing artists with tools for finding gigs, setting rates, communicating with venues and collaborators, and ultimately assessing whether a gig is a good strategic fit. Attendees will build skills around decision-making and reducing burnout.

Available Session:

October 17, 2019 | 1-5pm | Boston, MA

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THE ART OF LICENSING w/ Allison Cole

Recommended for visual artists and craftspeople.

Allison Cole is an award-winning illustrator, artist and surface designer who never stops creating. Over the past fifteen years, she has worked with a wide variety of clients that span many different industries, including stationery, wall art, giftware, apparel, home furnishings and bolt fabric.

In this workshop participants will learn about the industry of surface design and art licensing, and discover how artists can get their designs on a wide variety of products by partnering with different companies. You will learn about marketing and branding your work, reaching clients and setting achievable goals.

In the afternoon following the group workshop, selected artists will be invited to meet individually (for 30 minutes) with Allison for personalized attention to their licensing questions.

Available session:

October 25, 2019 | 9am - 1pm | Torrington, CT
One-on-one sessions with selected artists will be held in the afternoon

In requesting this workshop, please specify if you’d like a one-on-one session (if space is available) in the afternoon following the group workshop.

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FIND YOUR MESSAGE: Branding & Marketing for Visual Artists 
w/ Jessica Burko

Recommended for visual artists and craftspeople.

Jessica Burko is a Boston-based exhibiting artist, curator, and arts marketing professional. In this workshop, Jessica will help visual artists and craftspeople gain a better understanding of how to present their work, identify their target audience, and create a detailed marketing plan while building the confidence to implement it.

On the day following the group workshop, selected artists will be invited to meet individually (for 30 minutes) with Jessica for an in-depth discussion of specific marketing questions and concerns, and to review their arts marketing strategies.

Available session:

November 1, 2019 | 10:30am - 4:30pm | Greenfield, MA
One-on-one sessions with selected artists will be held the following day

In requesting this workshop, please specify if you’d like a one-on-one session (if space is still available) the day following the group workshop.

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FOUNDATIONS OF SHARED VALUES IN PUBLIC ART PROJECTS
w/ Carolyn Lewenberg

Recommended for artists wishing to work in the public sphere.

Carolyn Lewenberg is a public artist and educator whose areas of focus include sculptural installation and public art project management. Her work is guided by values of reciprocity towards people and the environment, collaboration, and honoring a spirit of place. Carolyn was a recipient of NEFA’s Creative City grant and has long-term installations at the Boston Children’s Museum and Franklin Park Zoo.

In this workshop, participants will learn about developing foundations for public art projects that begin with articulating shared values as a community. Through a mixture of personal reflection, participatory exercises, and case studies, artists will develop tools for engaging community members and collaborators around shared values, with the goal of creating more authentic and inclusive projects.

Available Session:

November 19, 2019 | 2-4:30pm | Boston, MA


WORKSHOPS COMING THIS WINTER:

UNDERSTANDING YOUR VISUAL ART PRACTICE AS A BUSINESS w/ Kim Faler

Recommended for fine / non-commercial visual artists.

Kim Faler is an installation artist who has been awarded Rauschenberg and Artpace residencies and has exhibited at MASS MoCA and Art Dubai. 

In this workshop, participants will create a framework for understanding their practice as a business and a strategic plan for advancing their goals. Participants will receive guidance on improving their artist statements, portfolios, websites, budgeting, time management, and fundraising.

Available session:

TBD | North Adams, MA


Our work is possible because of our wonderful funders & partners, including the United States Department of Agriculture’s Rural Business Development Program. Our Rhode Island workshops are in partnership with the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts. Our Massachusetts workshops are made possible by the Barr Foundation, the City of Boston and the Boston Cultural Council.

2020 Rhode Island Capacity-Building Grants

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Our capacity-building grant program is an innovative support model that helps artists strengthen their creative practice and grow its long-term sustainability. Launched in 2008, the Assets for Artists program has served more than 1,000 artists in 5 states.

Artists selected for the Rhode Island grant program benefit from the following:

  • A capacity-building grant that serves as working capital to be invested in the artist’s creative practice. Participants are provided with a $1,000 mini-grant to be invested in accordance with the artist’s personal goals. Funds are awarded at the completion of the program.

  • Free artist-tailored workshops on a range of financial, business, and professional topics. These trainings – mandatory for participants in the grant program – will be offered in Rhode Island in winter/spring 2020 (dates TBD). Participants will also have the opportunity to attend other optional professional development workshops offered by Assets for Artists. See our fall out-of-state workshops here.

  • Free one-on-one coaching, including support in crafting a plan to guide the investment of the artist’s grant.

Applications are open to artists in all disciplines and at all stages of their careers. We are especially excited for applications from rural, BIPOC and LGBTQ+ artists.

Applications are due Friday, September 27, 2019

The 2020 Rhode Island Capacity-Building Grants and Professional Development Workshops are possible in partnership with the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts and the United States Department of Agriculture’s Rural Business Development Program.

OUR 2019 RHODE ISLAND GRANTEES

OUR 2018 RHODE ISLAND GRANTEES

2020 Boston-Capacity Building Grants

Our capacity-building grant program is an innovative support model that helps artists strengthen their creative practice and grow its long-term sustainability. Launched in 2008, the Assets for Artists program has served more than 1,000 artists in 5 states.

Artists selected for the Boston, MA grant program benefit from the following:

  • A capacity-building grant that serves as working capital to be invested in the artist’s creative practice. Participants are provided with a $1,000 mini-grant to be invested in accordance with the artist’s personal goals. Funds are awarded at the completion of the program.

  • Free artist-tailored workshops on a range of financial, business, and professional topics. These trainings – mandatory for participants in the grant program – will be held in locations throughout Massachusetts in fall 2019 through spring 2020. See our fall workshop schedule here.

  • Free one-on-one coaching, including support in crafting a plan to guide the investment of the artist’s grant.

  • A peer-network cohort of other Boston A4A alumni and regular alumni networking opportunities.

(Note: In order to be eligible for our Boston program, your home or studio address must be in one of Boston's 23 neighborhoods, and you must be intending to maintain that base in Boston over the coming year. See our grants for artists in other parts of MA or Rhode Island.)

Applications are open to artists in all disciplines and at all stages of their careers. We are especially excited for applications from BIPOC and LGBTQ+ artists.

Applications are due Friday, September 27, 2019

The 2020 Boston Capacity-Building Grants and Professional Development Workshops are possible thanks to the generous support of the City of Boston, the Boston Cultural Council, and the Barr Foundation.


BOSTON 2019 GRANTEES

BOSTON 2018 GRANTEES

2020 Massachusetts-Statewide Capacity Building Grants

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Our capacity-building grant program is an innovative support model that helps artists strengthen their creative practice and grow its long-term sustainability. Launched in 2008, the Assets for Artists program has served more than 1,000 artists in 5 states.

Artists selected for the Massachusetts Statewide grant program benefit from the following:

(Note If you live or keep a studio practice in Boston, please apply instead for our Boston Artist opportunity.)

  • A capacity-building grant to be invested in accordance with the artist’s 3-5 year goals. Participants will receive grant funds after participating in free artist-led training and coaching on financial/business planning and goal-setting.

  • Free artist-tailored workshops on a range of financial, business, and professional topics. Participants will be required to take at least one workshop, but can participate in as many as desired. Workshops will be held in locations throughout Massachusetts in fall 2019 through spring 2020. See our fall workshop schedule here.

  • Free one-on-one coaching, including support in crafting a basic plan to guide the investment of the artist’s grant. The plan--which will outline goals and action steps--must be finalized before participants receive their grant funds.

Participating artists will receive support in identifying top-priority goals. The following is a non-exhaustive list of possible investment areas:

  • Building an emergency fund to help manage variable income

  • Making strategic investments in your creative practice

  • Managing and reducing your debt burden

  • Developing a strategy for retirement savings

  • Preparing to buy a first home

Applications are open to artists in all disciplines and at all stages of their careers. We are especially excited for applications from rural, BIPOC, or LGBTQ+ artists.

Applications due Friday, September 27, 2019

The 2020 MA Statewide Capacity-Building Grants and Professional Development Workshops are possible thanks to the generous support of the Barr Foundation, Massachusetts Growth Capital Corporation, and the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture’s Rural Development Office.

 
 

2019 MASSACHUSETTS STATEWIDE GRANTEES

2018 MASSACHUSETTS STATEWIDE GRANTEES

CALLING ALL MASSACHUSETTS, CONNECTICUT & RHODE ISLAND ARTISTS!

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FOUR OPPORTUNITIES FOR CAPACITY-BUILDING GRANTS & PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT!

A4A is now accepting applications for its 2020 Capacity-Building Grants (formerly Matched Savings Grants) and its Fall 2019 Professional Development Workshops. Depending on which state you call home, we have a variety of opportunities for artists in all disciplines and at all stages of their careers. We are especially excited for applications from rural, BIPOC and LGBTQ+ artists. Explore the full opportunities below.

Or read success stories from some A4A grantee alumni!

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Photo: Sita Magnuson, dpict / Mass Collaborative

2020 Capacity-Building Grants

Click on the link for details of each region’s program:

For Boston Artists

For Massachusetts Statewide Artists (except Boston)

For Rhode Island Artists

2019 Spring Nuts & Bolts Workshop

2019 Spring Nuts & Bolts Workshop

2019 professional development workshops

Free workshops on how to handle the professional side of art-making, from marketing to business planning to taxes and more. Fall workshops to be held in Boston, Central Mass, and Connecticut. Artists anywhere, who are willing to make the commute to our workshop locations are welcome to apply. Application deadline: Friday, September 20, 2019

SEE ALL WORKSHOP OPPORTUNITIES

Workshops will be added to the list as dates/locations are confirmed. Check back regularly! Additional workshops TBD will be scheduled for Winter/Spring 2020 for Rhode Island, Boston, Western Mass, & Connecticut.

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September Open Studios

HOLD ON TO THAT SUMMER FEELING
WITH OPEN STUDIOS AT MASS MoCA

Date: Thursday, September 5, 2019
When: 5-7 PM
Where: Now in two locations on MASS MoCA’s Campus!
Building 13, 2nd Floor
Building 34, adjacent to A-OK BBQ

Let’s cling to those delights of summer just a little longer and enjoy an early September Open Studios at MASS MoCA! Our twelve artist residents have so much to show. We’re especially excited to present the final three artists of our special 2019 Puerto Rico Residency. Come see what they and the others have been up to this August, spark up a conversation over drinks, snacks and an abundance of fresh new contemporary art.

FREE ADMISSION. OPEN TO ALL.

Participating Artists

Lauren Boilini
Monica Ching
Nick Fagan
Nicholas Fraser
Elizabeth Flood
Caroline Garcia
Trish Gibson
Víctor José González Ortiz
Zaida Adriana Goveo Balmaseda
Zoe Sasson
Anh Thuy Nguyen

Directions to the Studios

B.13 When you park in the main visitor lot at MASS MoCA, Building 13 is right in front of you. You’ll see Ferrin Contemporary and CYNTHIA-REEVES galleries on the first floor. Enter through the side door (on the end of the building farthest from Rt. 2) and take the stairs or elevator to the second floor.

B.34 Is located behind A-OK BBQ in the front entrance courtyard of MASS MoCA’s campus. When facing A-OK BBQ from Bright Ideas Brewing, just head around A-OK to the right and follow the ramp to the Studios entrance (black door).

July 27 Open Studios

Cool Down this summer with open studios at MASS MoCA, Saturday, July 27, 4-6pm.
The weather may be hot, but inside B13 & B34, there’s some cool art happening. Time for Open Studios at MASS MoCA! Our twelve artist residents are ready to impress. Come see what they’ve been up to this July, spark up a conversation over drinks, snacks and an abundance of fresh new contemporary art!

Welcome Boston Artists!

We are thrilled to share our ten Boston-based artists selected to join this year’s Matched Savings Program for our third year of partnership with the City of Boston!


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Alexander Davis is a performer, dance maker, and fiber artist who believes that all three mediums have the unifying power to create empathetic and dramatic responses from diverse audiences. Often drawing from pop culture, Alexander engages in performances that display the innate theatricality of everyday life and the universality of the human experience. Their performances illuminate underrepresented queer narratives and connect people to other people, the past to the present, and memories to dreams.

Moving forward, Alexander looks forward to investing in video and photographic documentation of their process, performances, and final products to improve their applications for residencies, grants and performance opportunities on a local and national level. These advancements will propel them into the next steps of their career, and allow them to continue building the momentum they have already gathered over the past three years.


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Dancer, dance maker and dance producer Kristin Wagner creates small, intimate contemporary dance works to resonate with average, every day people. In sourcing movement from human habits, customs and compulsions, Kristin designs a physical vocabulary that is both unique and universal, resulting in work that is both deeply personal and incredibly ubiquitous.


Kristin is now institutionalizing her producing experience into Lady BOS Productions, a professional production company with a focus on presenting and cross-pollinating the work of local femme-identifying artists. Over the next two years, Lady BOS Productions will grow to sustain educational programming, several interdisciplinary events, and at least one major dance theater production per year.

Photo credit: Timothy Avery Photography


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Seraah (Isnard Dupoux) is an interdisciplinary artist. His interests in the corporeal, ethereal, somatic, and the idea of the body as a conduit for myth-making/allegory are central to his work. Seraah values the ephemera of performance, which he often combines with intentional sound, light displays, a use of voice, physical movement, video and image to create sensorial inquiries into time.

Seraah would like to invest in software instruments to improve the overall sound quality of his music. Outside of the performance context, the higher quality sounds is more likely to attract clients for freelance composition and music production work.


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As an educator, artist, and entrepreneur, Timothy Hall draws inspiration from his lived experiences to chart the nuances of blackness, masculinity, and the beauty of life. Timothy is the co-owner of HipStory, a digital media production company dedicated to creating and showcasing the work of marginalized identities within media. He strives to help people build resiliency to do the things they care about.

Timothy is looking forward to continuing to build a community of art makers and to navigating the complex world we live in through his art. In order to do so, Timothy needs to upgrade key pieces of equipment, including his saxophone. After playing saxophone for twenty years, Timothy finds his current instrument is no longer suiting his artistic needs. By improving the equipment he has to work with, Timothy looks forward to uncovering his true potential and the potential of those he collaborates with.


Growing up in Tehran, an exposure to Persian art and Iranian politics increased Azita Moradkhani‘s sensitivity to the dynamics of vulnerability and violence that she explores in her art-making process. The female body, and its exposure to different social norms, is central to her work. Through her drawings and body castings, she examines displacement as an unnatural state we experience when we find ourselves insecure in our own body.

Azita wants to take her practice further by transferring her drawings onto the actual fabric she works with. Learning and exploring fabric printmaking techniques will help her to approach her body of work in a more tangible way, and using new media such as cloth will emphasize the marks of history and memory on the body. Through this process, Azita will step back from two-dimensional work and create more complex layers of three-dimensional objects to interact with.


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Ruby Rose Fox is a musical multimedia artist that combines theater, dance, and video. She focuses on stories that are the hardest to tell and offers cathartic experiences to her audience as a result. Ruby has tackled topics in her work from the emboldened KKK in Trump’s America to the death of Heather Heyer in Charlottesville to consumerism to internet bullying.

Securing home production equipment is the next step in Ruby’s career. Music production equipment will drastically cut her costs and let her invest cash and time into other parts of her career.


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Corinna D’Schoto works in layered forms of painting, sculpture, and installation. Playing with representation and reduction, she questions the relationship between the image and the painted object. Her practice distorts the familiar and intimates the alien to reinterpret how people navigate memory.

Corinna envisions creating lines of hand printed wallpaper featuring patterns made out of silhouettes of figures engaged in a variety of forms of invisible labor, from domestic to industrial. She likes the idea of re-inserting these histories into interior, domestic, and intimate spaces and enjoys the crossover from wallpaper’s traditional decorative form into a form that holds space for, and honors, histories that are often unobserved.


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Autumn Ahn is interested in performance as a site of live space. Her artistic focus lies in the nature of that site as an eroding archaeological world and also as a conceptual figuration of consciousness.

Autumn plans to grow her business through the purchase of a new website model. While her previous website serves its purpose well, the advanced upgrades in internet technology have left her in need of re-mapping the structure. For Autumn, this means updating the site host and its overall content.



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As a multi-instrumentalist, sound engineer, and music producer Christopher Pegram does everything from making tracks for rappers and singers to recording and collaborating with other musicians to create art that far surpasses one single vision. Finding the voice to reach out and work with other artists in his community has helped Christopher face the challenges of pursuing a career in the arts.

Christopher looks forward to expanding and professionalizing his studio equipment. These upgrades will not only improve the quality of his work but will also aid in building connections with other artists.


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Alexis Scheer is a playwright, actor, and producing artistic director of Off the Grid Theatre. Her plays are brazenly millennial and fiercely feminist, and reflective of her experience as a Jewish Latina. Alexis is passionate about creating theatre that pushes the boundaries of artistic ability and engenders social empathy.

As a young millennial theatre artist, Alexis hopes to achieve increased visibility as a game-changing Latinx leader through the creation of high quality social media content. She plans on acquiring critical equipment to make, record, and share her work in addition to traveling for research and development opportunities.


Our 2019 programming in Massachusetts is possible because of our wonderful funders & partners, specifically the Barr FoundationMassachusetts Growth Capital Corporation, The City of Boston and the United States Department of Agriculture.