Springboard’s Work of Art: Business Skills for Artists is a professional development curriculum designed to teach business skills to artists in all disciplines — visual, performing and literary arts. Artists can take the whole series, customized combinations, or individual workshops that best suit their needs, and the curriculum is available for people interested in leading the workshops and offering professional development resources.
The Work of Art series has been taught by Springboard for the Arts at arts organizations, libraries and colleges in over 80 communities in the Upper Midwest, and replicated across the country by artists, arts organizations, and colleges and universities. After teaching the workshops to thousands of artists, we decided that we could have our biggest impact by offering this resource as freely and widely as possible. Now the Work of Art Toolkit is available for free digitally – fill out the form below to get yours, or you can purchase hard copies of the materials from Springboard for the Arts.
The Work of Art series is also available in Spanish! Translated in partnership with MACLA / Movimiento de Arte y Cultura Latino Americana, the toolkit has been translated with additional video content created by and for Latinx artists. Trabajo de Arte: Aptitudes de Negocios para Artistas esta disponible en español. Haga click aquí por el caja de herramientas.
We offer a Train-the-Trainer Intensive on how to lead our Work of Art: Business Skills for Artists curriculum and community development programming - find out more & sign up for notifications of the next sessions!
Want more Work of Art? Hard copies of the toolkit, DVDs of the videos, and additional consultation time are available to help you - an artist organizing a working group, an arts council offering the workshop series - make the most of this curriculum.
"[I now have] confidence in not only the comfort level with the logistics of business, but also just with calling myself an artist because I can... It is a journey and it legitimizes me by attending the class because that is a language that other people can understand."
-Work of Art participant
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