Workshop Opportunities for CT Artists

Hey Connecticut Artists!

Assets for Artists is back with FREE professional development workshops for CT-based artists in all disciplines. If you're serious about strengthening your practice, learning from art business and marketing experts, and connecting with fellow artists & makers, we hope you'll sign up!

This is our third year of partnership with the Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development / Office of the Arts and three of the state's powerhouse arts councils: Northwest Connecticut Arts CouncilSoutheastern Connecticut Cultural Coalition, and Windham Arts. Together, we're pleased to present you with our 2018 CT workshops, made possible with support from the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Rural Business Development Grant Program.


To request a seat in any of the workshops listed below, email Briana at with your name, home address, and artist website or brief description of your artistic practice.

Preference will be given to artists from rural areas of Connecticut, but artists from urban CT may also enroll if space allows. Participation is FREE! 

The Assets for Artists program promotes equal opportunity and seeks diversity in its workshop participants.


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Beyond the MFA: Understanding Your Art Practice as a Business with Kim Faler

Thursday, April 19  |  1:30 - 5:30pm  |  New Hartford, CT

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. Tools will include artist statements, portfolios, and website review, as well as understanding budgets & finance, time management, and fundraising. 

Recommended for non-commercial artists with an installation-based / conceptual practice. 


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Create Success: Selling Your Work at High-End Art Markets, Craft Shows & Artisan Festivals with Laura Baring-Gould

Friday, May 11  |  1-5pm  |  Goshen, CT

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. 


Artist in Business with Dee Boyle-Clapp

Due to popular demand, this workshop will be offered in two separate times/locations:
Saturday, May 12  |  9:30am - 5pm  |  Hampton, CT
Friday, May 18  |  9:30am - 5pm  |  Groton, CT


Building on her 25 years of experience in the arts, Dee Boyle-Clapp now directs the Arts Extension Service at UMASS. In this training, she will introduce the elements of a business plan and information helpful for running your artist-based business. Through a mix of instruction and guided activities you will learn how to create a series of attainable business goals that shape the future of your art-based business, including how to describe your work, hire outside experts, handle financial details, and structure your business. 

Most suitable for commercial and craft-based artists.

Our work in Connecticut is possible because of our wonderful funders & partners