In October 2011, the Emily Hall Tremaine Foundation awarded a planning grant to three Local Arts Agencies – the Arts Council of Greater New Haven, Cultural Alliance of Fairfield County and Greater Hartford Arts Council – to develop a business skills program for visual artists. The three agencies conducted extensive research regarding the needs and preferences of visual artists in Connecticut, as well as best practices of similar programs across the United States.
- Surveys from 418 visual artists in Connecticut;
- Six focus groups (2 in each arts agency region);
- Site visits to the following programs funded under the Tremaine Foundation’s Marketplace Empowerment for Artists (MEA) programs: Arts and Business Council of Greater Boston, Creative Capital in New York City, New York Foundation for the Arts and Springboard for the Arts in St. Paul, MN;
- A review of five additional MEA-funded programs in Atlanta, Chicago, Detroit, Houston and Seattle; and
- A review of feedback from the 2010 Taking Care of Business seminar series in Connecticut, also funded by the Tremaine Foundation.
The research and planning, and with continued support of the Tremaine Foundation, resulted in Make.Art.Work., a career-development program for visual artists based on curricula developed by Springboard for the Arts and the New England Foundation for the Arts (Boston, MA). Based on feedback from research, eight specific topics of interest were identified and offered as independent workshops in our First Season. In our Second Season (Oct 2013-June 2014), these workshops will again be offerred in three regions of the state (Fairfield County, New Haven, and Greater Hartford), outside of business hours to accommodate artists that hold jobs outside of their artmaking. Workshops are designed for mid-career artists that are actively selling or exhibiting work.
About the Local Arts Agencies
The Arts Council of Greater New Haven is a regional non-profit arts organization serving artists, arts organizations and the general public. At the heart of The Arts Council is a desire to connect both artists and residents of Greater New Haven with vibrant and creative arts experiences. We encourage and facilitate a broad array of cultural opportunities and foster unique, non-traditional encounters with art.
The Cultural Alliance of Fairfield County‘s mission is to support cultural organizations, artists and creative businesses by providing promotion, services and advocacy. The Cultural Alliance of Fairfield County builds professional capacity by linking cultural organizations, artists and creative businesses to capacity-building resources; markets the cultural attractions of Fairfield County and advocates to create a pro-active, unified voice for the cultural sector and establish vehicles for collective action.
Founded in 1971, the Greater Hartford Arts Council‘s mission is to provide leadership for the financial success and organizational stability of the arts, heritage and cultural community of Connecticut’s capital region. The Arts Council supports more than 150 arts, heritage and cultural organizations across a 34-town region, providing grants, programs and services designed to leverage the arts to strengthen communities, drive the economy and improve the quality of life for 1.2 million residents.
About the Emily Hall Tremaine Foundation
The Emily Hall Tremaine Foundation seeks and funds innovative projects which advance solutions to basic and enduring problems. With an overall emphasis on education, principally in the United States, it takes an active role in three major areas: art, environment and learning disabilities.
About Our Partners
Based in New Haven, Artspace is a visionary and dynamic non-profit organization championing emerging artists and building new audiences for contemporary art. Their mission is three fold: to catalyze artistic activities; connect contemporary artists, audiences, and resources; and to enrich art experiences and activate art spaces.
The Westport Arts Center is a visual and performing arts organization dedicated to creating arts experiences that enrich the lives of area residents and the entire community. In keeping with its mission, the Arts Center continually strives to advance its arts education and outreach programs, and offer opportunities for local artists to share their work.
Windsor Art Center is a place for the visual and performing arts located in the heart of downtown. Windsor Art Center presents visual art exhibitions and music performances showcasing artists from throughout New England and beyond in addition to artist talks, classes, demonstrations and childrens’ programming.
The Housatonic Museum of Art on the campus of Housatonic Community College is home to one of the premier college art collections in the United States. Its collection offers students and the community alike the opportunity to view works that span the history of art from the ancient to the contemporary.