Make.Art.Work. presents

Making Your Life as an Artist with Andrew Simonet
Make.Art.Work. 2015 – Preview


Saturday, November 22, 2014
9:30 am – 1 pm

Housatonic Community College
The Events Center – Beacon Hall, 2nd floor
900 Lafayette Boulevard
Bridgeport, CT 06604

Registration & Lunch: $20


Launching the Make.Art.Work. 2015 series in a special event, headlining artist-author Andrew Simonet discusses the importance of developing professional skills to keep your trajectory as an artist going forward.  Following Andrew, hear from Make.Art.Work. alumni about their experiences growing their professional skills and building their networks in a conversation moderated by Make.Art.Work. 2015 instructors Jeannie Thomma and Ryan Odinak. Learn what’s coming up in this next series and join fellow artist attendees for a networking lunch with table topics of your choice.


9:30 – 10 am | Coffee / Registration

10 – 11 am | Welcome and Keynote by Andrew Simonet, Author of Making Your Life as an Artist with Q&A

11 – 11:15 am | Overview of Make.Art.Work. 2015 Program, Jeannie Thomma & Ryan Odinak, Instructors for Make.Art.Work. 2015

11:15 am– 12 pm | Panel of Alumna from Make.Art.Work. 2013 and 2014 moderated by Jeannie Thomma with Q&A

12 – 1 pm | Networking Lunch

Parking & Directions:

Driving Directions
Enter the parking garage and follow the signs for Students/Visitors. You may park on a lower level and walk outside to Beacon Hall and then proceed to the Events Center on the second floor OR park on the fifth floor (mauve) of the garage and cross the walkway sky bridge to the third floor of Beacon Hall and go down one level to the Events Center. We recommend the fifth floor parking option.  See the Beacon Hall Floor Plans.


Andrew Simonet, dancer, choreographer, author and Founder and Director of Artists U, created in Philadelphia in 2006.  Artists U is a grassroots planning and professional development program run by and for artists. He is the author of Making Your Life as an Artist, a guide to building a balanced, sustainable artistic life.  In Andrew’s words, “nothing makes you a real artist except your devotion to making.”  Download his book for free here.

Make.Art.Work. is a comprehensive career training program for visual artists in Connecticut taking place in Fairfield, Hartford and New Haven counties.  Make.Art.Work. addresses essential business and entrepreneurial skills for artists within a supportive peer environment.  From January to June 2015, artists will meet monthly in three-hour evening sessions, combining learning with coaching and peer support.  The program will consist of a workshop series run concurrently in three regions of the state.  As the culmination, artists will collaborate and implement their skills to curate and produce a group exhibition in their region.

Stay tuned for registration for the Make.Art.Work. 2015 program.

With support of the Emily Hall Tremaine Foundation, Make.Art.Work. is being managed collaboratively by the Arts Council of Greater New Haven, the Cultural Alliance of Fairfield County and the Greater Hartford Arts Council.

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