Holyoke, we like your style.
We love the creative resurgence underway in Holyoke, and we want to help keep it going.
We're thrilled to partner with the City of Holyoke for a third year of artist support programming in the Paper City. This year, we have opportunities for artists/makers currently based in Holyoke, and have added support for artists interested in relocating to this exciting city.
Check out the details below, and apply by October 31!
Matched Savings Grant Program:
Artists who live in Holyoke, or maintain a studio in Holyoke, or have decided to move to Holyoke, will be considered for the following assistance:
A “matched savings” grant that provides working capital to help the artist grow their creative practice in Holyoke. Participants are provided with grants of $1,000 to $4,000 to match a corresponding amount of savings, and the combined amount is used by the artist toward implementing their business plan.
An additional $500 re-location grant for artists moving to Holyoke.
Free professional development services, including artist-tailored workshops on financial management and business planning.
Free one-on-one coaching in the development of the artist’s business plan.
ARTISTS IN ALL DISCIPLINES AND FINANCIAL CIRCUMSTANCES ARE ENCOURAGED TO APPLY!
Artists with a home or studio in Holyoke are welcome to apply. If you’re an artist/maker motivated to improve your professional practices and to make investments aimed at strengthening your artistic career, we’d love to hear from you.
Are you an artist considering a move to Holyoke?
We have opportunities for you, too. If you're planning a home or studio move to Holyoke within the next 9 months, you may be eligible for our matched savings program at the $4,000 match level. Plus our workshops, coaching, peer networking support, and $500 in re-location assistance will help you get a foothold in the community.
Applying is simple! Just go to our online application and answer the question about why you're interested in joining Holyoke's creative scene.
Professional Development Workshops:
Our free workshops are geared to help artists strengthen their professional practices. This fall/winter, we’re offering 4 expert-led workshops to help artists in all disciplines. Apply to participate in one, two, or all four!
Taxes for Artists
October 19, 10:30am - 12pm | North Adams
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 an Enrolled Agent with the IRS.
Understanding Your Art Practice as a Business
Choice of dates:
October 24, 1-6pm | North Adams
January 25, 1-6pm | North Adams
Kim Faler is an installation artist who has been awarded Rauschenberg and Artpace residencies and has exhibited at MASS MoCA. In this work-shop, 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. Recommended for fine/non-commercial artists.
Get Press Ready: Media Relations for Artists
November 18, 1-6pm | Lawrence, MA
Sarah Platanitis is a lifestyle journalist and media educator focused on press relations for artists. In this workshop, participants will gain a better understanding of press vs. public relations and how to work more effectively with journalists. Participants will focus on best practices for writing press releases, organizing media kits and websites, being more comfortable during interviews, and how to present newsworthy content to appropriate media outlets. For artists in all disciplines.
Create Success: Selling Your Work at High-End Art Markets, Craft Shows & Artisan Festivals
February 15, 1-6pm | Holyoke, MA
Laura Baring-Gould's practice includes award-winning installations, public artworks and small bronzes sold in galleries, juried shows and through private commissions. In this workshop participants will explore the rich entrepreneurial opportunities and challenges present in making, marketing and selling their artwork. Specific topics will include strategies for show applications and selection, product pricing and diversity, financial accounting / tax reporting, client interactions, promotion and the importance of sustaining creative buoyancy.