We offer professional development workshops for artists in various locations throughout Massachusetts, Connecticut, and Rhode Island. Our workshops are led by artists and experts who understand the needs of creative entrepreneurs. 

Typical business training often doesn’t meet the needs of creative entrepreneurs, so we built a roster of courses that are artist-tailored and absolutely free to those who sign up. Keep checking in to stay up-to-date on workshops opportunities. Click here to join our mailing list and be the first to know when trainings are scheduled near you. 

Please email assetsforartists@massmoca.org if you are interested in any of these listed workshops.

Artist in Business w/ Dee Boyle-Clapp (UMASS Arts Extension Service)

Saturday, April 7  |  Bristol, RI
Saturday, April 28  |  Holyoke, MA
Saturday, May 12  |  Hampton, CT
Friday, May 18  |  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.


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

Thursday, April 19  |  New Hartford, CT
Thursday, May 17  |  Wickford, RI
Wednesday, May 30  |  Worcester, MA

In this artist-led 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 artists with an installation-based and/or conceptual practice.


Find Your Message: Branding & Marketing for Visual Artists w/ Jessica Burko

Thursday, May 10  |  Portsmouth, RI

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


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

Friday, May 11  |  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.


Get Press Ready: Media Relations for Artists with Sarah Platanitis

Saturday, May 19  |  Holyoke, 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.


Business Planning for Artists with Sarah Guerette

Thursday, May 31  |  Lawrence, MA

Sarah Guerette is a business counselor who specializes in small businesses and artist-run enterprises. This interactive workshop for artists will cover the fundamentals of running an arts-based business, equipping participants with the skills needed to develop a personalized business plan. Most suitable for commercial and craft-based artists.

We also offer workshops-in-residence through our residency program, The Studios at MASS MoCA. Click here for more information.