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UPDATE: Free workshops to provide entrepreneurial skills for Valley artists

Post Date:09/06/2017 4:00 PM

Yes, you can make a living as an artist. It takes a lot of work – and a little entrepreneurial savvy. The City of Tempe is pleased to announce a series of workshops designed specifically for artists. Each one has a unique topic, expert presenters, and will provide hands-on guidance that can be immediately used by artists in their practices. Childcare will be provided free of charge. The workshops are free and open to all artists in the Valley. For more information and to register, visit

Getting Your Foot in the Door
September 20, 6-8 p.m.
Tempe History Museum
809 E. Southern Ave.

Open to all artists, expect encouragement, tough love and the secrets to being an entrepreneur and a working artist with these interactive presentations:

  • Landing the job: Artists Eunique Yazzie, Melissa Waddell and Nicole Olson share their success secrets.
  • Packaging your portfolio: AWE Collective’s Evie Carpenter and Ty Largo provide the tips and tricks for the perfect portfolio.  

Ins & Outs of Public Art
September 23, 9-12 p.m. 
Tempe Public Library, BRiC
3500 S. Rural Rd.

For artists interested in the public art process, expect first-hand experience and find out how to apply.

  • Real-world successes: Artists Mary Lucking, Fernando Rodriquez and Joan Baron share their experiences with public art projects.
  • Applying for projects: The artists and Tempe’s Director of Public Art Rebecca Rothman will show you the ropes and share upcoming opportunities.

Selling Your Work in Festivals & Stores
September 30, 9-12 p.m. 
Tempe Public Library, BRiC
3500 S. Rural Rd.

For makers and artisans, expect selling advice from experts and learn how to apply to festivals and markets. 

Festival 101: Kate Borders and Julie Kent with Downtown Tempe Authority will share tips for applying to the Tempe Festival of the Arts and 6th Street Market.

Selling Tips: Successful festival artists Joanna Deshay, Jenny Rodriguez and Aasia Hamid share their secrets and help you create methods to sell your own work at festivals and in stores.

The Grant Process and Community-Minded Art
October 4, 6-8 p.m.
Tempe History Museum
809 E. Southern Ave.

For community-minded artists with a heart for making a difference, expect expert advice on how to get grants.

  • Community-based practice: Artists Chrystal Smothers, Julie Duty and Carmen Guerrero discuss the social and civic impact of art and share their grant success stories.
  • Applying for grants: The artists and Tempe’s Director of Arts Engagement Maja Aurora discuss the grant application process and upcoming opportunities. 
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