As any visual artist knows, turning your passions into a lucrative career can be challenging and emotionally draining. For that reason, a growing number of emerging artists in the Connecticut are participating in Make.Art.Work., a six-month career development program for visual artists. The program, limited to 10-15 participants in each of the three regions across Connecticut, including Hartford, Fairfield, and New Haven, is designed to help artists establish and hone their marketing and professional skills. Workshops include everything from finances to social media, and the program culminates with a group show exhibition. Last week I met with several talented painters, printmakers, and sculptors from the Hartford Cohort who had participated in Make.Art.Work. over the past year. Check out the artwork by some of the participants below:
One of the defining features of the program and the one that appeals most to the Cohort is the accessibility to a network of artists. Let’s be honest, being an artist can be lonely, so the opportunity to be around like-minded people who all share the same interests, concerns, and aspirations can help you stay motivated and persevere in the face of challenges. Many of the participants from Make.Art.Work. said the program helped make them feel accountable to a group and to accomplish set goals.
But don’t just take our word for it. Discover what Make.Art.Work. has to offer at the Make.Art.Work. 2015 Preview on November 22nd featuring keynote speaker, Andrew Simonet, author of Making Your Life as an Artist. You’ll also get the chance to meet with instructors of the program and alumna. Sounds great, right? Lunch is included, too! Register here.
Applications for Make.Art.Work. 2015 will be available soon, so stay tuned.