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RISCA Professional Arts Development(PAD)FY12 Workshops

The Rhode Island State Council on the Arts
Professional Artists Development (PAD) Program

Network and Learn!  Through free workshops and competitive mini-grants, RISCA's PAD Program seeks to help artists build their careers and creative businesses.

To register for workshops, click here.

2011 Schedule

Raising Money through Crowdfunding

Brian Meece, RocketHub
Wednesday, September 7, 4:00 - 6:00 PM
AS220 Performance Space, 155 Empire St, Providence
Learn about Crowdfunding - as a phenomenon, as well as the specifics of launching your own creative project online. Crowdfunding allows artists a unique opportunity to draw support from family and friends, benefactors and fans, as well as complete strangers, for their creative projects. Brian Meece of RocketHub will give a brief history of crowdfunding.  He will discuss its effectiveness as a fundraising tool; the kinds of projects that are appropriate for crowdfunding; additional benefits and opportunities of fundraising online; and the steps for launching your own crowdfunding campaign. Brian was born and raised on The Gulf of Mexico – that odd and magical little pocket of the American South where country and beach mingle, Jimmy Buffet blares, and hunting trucks have surfboards on the roof. Brian plays a mean ukulele and is CEO of RocketHub, one of the world's top crowdfunding platforms. Brian is the co-author of "The Crowdfunding Manifesto", a popular foundational resource for the rising Creative Class.
(Note: Immediately following RISCA’s workshop, Brian will give an additional presentation on crowdfunding with a focus on RocketHub, beginning at 7:00 PM at Machines with Magnets, 400 Main St, Pawtucket)

How to Secure a Space of Your "Own" - To Buy or Not to Buy
Lucie Searle, AS220
Wednesday, September 28 6-7:30
131 Washington Street, Suite 210
During her time as Development Manager and Preservationist at AS220, Lucie Searle has been at the center of AS220's successful renovation of three historic buildings in downtown Providence, which have tripled the size of the organization.  A real estate developer with over 25 years of experience in Boston and Providence, Lucie has a keen ability to assess properties and match them with the needs of an individual or organization.  She will discuss the pros and cons of buying and renting and she will describe financial mechanisms - from simple to complex - that can be pieced together for build-out, renovation, purchase, lease and maintenance of a property.  This presentation will be structured more like a guided conversation than a formal workshop.  Participants are invited to submit questions ahead of time that will be addressed during the talk. 

PAD Grant Application Due – Friday, October 14 by 5:00 PM

Career and Business Management for Artists
Reece Tormos
Wednesday, October 19 and Friday, October 21 6-8:00 PM
Department of Administration Building, One Capitol Hill, Providence
Conference Room B
This two-part workshop will give artists a brief overview - and some personal motivation - for successfully managing their own arts business and/or career over a lifetime.  Develop a written plan to launch your job search, your arts business, or your next big project. Learn how to balance your day job with your arts practice or how to transition into living off just the income from your artwork.  This workshop will focus on visioning and planning for your personal artistic and professional goals.  Reece Tormos, a designer with an MBA from Harvard, teaches RISD's popular Career + Business Management for Artists and Designers courses. Please note that this is a two-part workshop that takes place over two evenings.  Participants must attend both days to get the full benefit of this workshop.

Arts Marketing 101 - Tools of the Trade
Two-Part Series: Wednesday, November 2 and Monday, November 7, 5:30 - 8:00 PM

Deborah Obalil, Obalil & Associates 
Department of Administration Building, One Capitol Hill, Providence  
Conference Room A
Part I: Who Am I? Where Do I Want To Go?
This session covers the basics on how to better understand your own arts business and where to look to increase your base of support and achieve your overall career goals. Participants will learn how to do a situation analysis -- identifying mission/vision, competitive analysis, SWOT analysis -- and target segmentation.
Part II: How Will I Get There - and Getting It Done
This part of the series covers choosing who to target, setting objectives, branding yourself and selecting strategies. This session will also assist participants with analyzing their "product," "price" and "place."  Implementing marketing strategies includes: promotions & communications strategy, action planning, budgeting, and tracking & evaluation. 

Go with the Cash Flow - Creating a 5 Year Budget Plan
E. Larson Gunness 
Wednesday, December 7 and Monday Dec 12, 6:00 - 8:00 PM
Department of Administration Building, One Capitol Hill, Providence
Conference Room A 
As an artist, you need to deal with many of the same issues faced by other small business owners.  While you may want to just focus on your creative work, the need to deal with money is unavoidable.  Over two sessions, we will cover the basic tools and approach to financial planning.  You will learn the financial planning cycle and how to develop a process that will fit into your life and actually work for you.  While we will cover some terms and concepts, the majority of our learning in these two sessions will come via the case study method.  On day one, the topics of basic financial planning will be introduced through a fictional case study, written specifically for artists, about the challenges faced by people either like you or like people you know.  At the second session, you will learn how to apply these tools to your own unique circumstances.  It is very important that participants attend both sessions in order to gain the full benefit of this workshop.  Larson Gunness holds an MBA in Accounting from MIT Sloan School of Management, an MFA in Interdisciplinary Arts from Goddard College, and a BA in Economics from Kenyon College.  He is currently developing a multi-genre program for teaching the tools of personal and small business financial management to artists and other creatives at www.FinanceForArtists.org.  While the left half of Larson's brain thinks about the financial needs of his friends and clients, the right half makes up music and writes stories and looks forward to playing gigs with his band.  

2012 Schedule

Time Management for Creative Minds
Hillary Rettig, Bridges to Business
Monday, January 9, 5-7:00 PM
Department of Administration Building, One Capitol Hill, Providence 
Conference Room A
This workshop begins with a discussion of how time should be viewed and valued; why one needs to manage it; and how successful people view and use time. Then we move onto the five foundational principles of time management, and contrast examples of managed and unmanaged time schedules. We will discuss right and wrong ways to use time, lifestyles that support and inhibit success, and techniques for budgeting and tracking your time. We also discuss how to set priorities; how to establish and maintain boundaries; and how to “create” time through delegation and other techniques. Finally, we discuss tips for sticking to your schedule and dealing with unsupportive people. Past workshop participants report being more productive and less stressed.  Hillary Rettig is the author of the forthcoming The Seven Secrets of the Prolific: The Definitive Guide to Overcoming Procrastination, Perfectionism and Writer’s Block (Infinite Art, Summer 2011) and The Lifelong Activist: How to Change the World Without Losing Your Way (Lantern Books, 2006). She is also head of the International Institute of New England's Bridges to Business Microenterprise Program, which offers free training and services to creative and other businesses in New England. Contact bridgestobusiness@iiboston.org for more info.

PAD Grant Application Due – Friday, February 17 by 5:00 PM

There are no workshops scheduled for February, but be sure to check out the RISCA Fellowship Exhibition at Machines with Magnets in Pawtucket!

Working the Web - How to Sell You Art Online
Julie Beck
Tuesday, March 13, 5:30 - 7:00 PM
Department of Administration Building, One Capitol Hill, Providence 
Conference Room A
Learn ways to make the web work for you.  Multimedia artist and designer Julie Beck will give a basic overview of ways to sell your art/craft online and build your audience and client base.  She will give overviews of some of the most common ways to sell online, provide tips on how to increase your visibility and direct traffic to your online shop/websites, and provide resources that will help make the most of your online presence.

Day of Legal Training for Artists
James Grace, Esq., Arts and Business Council of Greater Boston and its Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts program.
Tuesday, April 10, 9:30 AM - 3:30 PM
Department of Administration Building, One Capitol Hill, Providence
Conference Room B
Presented in partnership with the New England Foundation for the Arts
(Attendees may bring a brownbag lunch or purchase lunch on the premises)
Artists want to share their talents and creativity with the world, but they also want to grow their businesses and protect their creative works. This workshop will give participants a broad understanding of how the law and applies to their arts practice and developing businesses. Beginning with an engaging introduction to the often misunderstood - or even feared - art of negotiation to copyright and then contracts, including gallery, agent and licensing, artists will leave this workshop with a new understanding of their legal rights and obligations.  We hope artists will leave feeling empowered to share and protect their creative work in the public realm and grow their creative businesses. James Grace, Executive Director of the Arts & Business Council of Greater Boston and former Executive Director of Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts of Massachusetts, has been advising artists, art organizations and creatives on legal and business issues for over 13 years.

This workshop is presented in partnership with the New England Foundation for the Arts (NEFA). NEFA's Public Art Discussion Series is an opportunity to discuss critical topics in public art, hear from field experts, network with artists, and participate in the discussion.

PAD Grant Application Due – Friday, June 15 by 5:00 PM

For more information, contact Cristina DiChiera
cristina@arts.ri.gov or 401/222-3881