Nonprofit Support Center for Creatives (NSCfc)

One of the first things we learned when we launched the Creative Worcester Initiative is that members of the arts and culture sector face unique challenges when it comes to capacity-building. The NSCfc provides resources and workshop opportunities aimed at addressing the complex needs of our creative community.

Upcoming Workshops:

The following workshop opportunities are being offered as part of GWCF's The Business of Art cohort program, a collaboration with MASS MoCA's Assets for Artists. You do not need to be a member of the cohort to attend. The intended audience for these workshops is individual artists who live in Worcester County. 

In some cases, specific workshop dates are still to be determined. Registration information will be posted as soon as it's available.

Staying Authentic While Marketing Your Work

Staying Authentic While Marketing Your Work 

Daniel Callahan 

Monday, January 10, 2022 | 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

They say 80% of life is showing up. How one shows up determines the rest. Whether it’s an interview, Google search, Pinterest post, TED talk or a conversation over tea, making sure the impression one leaves leads to interest, opportunity, and growth for both you and your audience is crucial. In this workshop, participants will learn some of the strategies and apply practical know-how to promote themselves and their services with excellence and authenticity in both in-person and online spaces. Participants will leave the workshop with a fuller understanding of themselves and some tried-and-true methods for presenting and pitching their art and their practice. Daniel Callahan is an award-winning transmedia artist, designer and filmmaker. In addition to running his own multimedia production company and art practice, he teaches film and video at Emerson College and The Institute of Contemporary Art.

Register via zoom

The Basics of Building a Grant

The Basics of Building a Grant

Yara Liceaga Rojas

Tuesdays, January 11, 18, &  25, 2022 | 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM

This is a 3-part series. Participants may register for all sessions or select the topic most relevant to them.

  • Part 1: Project Development & Where to Find Grants
  • Part II: Getting Your Materials Ready & Writing
  • Part III:  Building a Project Budget & Addressing Financial Trauma

Grants and other written proposals can feel daunting without a plan. In part one of this webinar, participants will learn about developing an appropriate project for the appropriate funder and where and how to search for opportunities. In part two, Yara will cover the basic building blocks that make up a proposal, including how to get organized, what the review process looks like from the inside, and how to persevere through rejection. The last webinar of the series focuses on a project’s monetary and non-monetary needs and how to build a corresponding proposal budget. Participants will discuss how to set artist fees, as well as the barriers – financial trauma, the devaluing of the arts, and systemic inequities – that come into play when we build our own project budgets. Participants will leave empowered to fight for their worth and prepared to take advantage of creative opportunities. Based between Boston and Puerto Rico, Yara Liceaga Rojas is a writer, performer, and independent grant-writer who works in both English and Spanish. A4A’s fundraising & marketing manager, Molly Rideout, will be a guest speaker for this workshop, as both a professional grant-writer and practicing artist.

Part I: Project Development & Where to Find Grants - Register via Zoom.
Tuesday, January 11, 2022 | 2:00 - 4:00 PM

Part II: Getting Your Materials Ready & Writing - Register via Zoom.
Tuesday, January 18, 2022 | 2:00 - 4:00 PM

Part III:  Building a Project Budget & Addressing Financial Trauma - Register via Zoom.
Tuesday, January 25, 2022 | 2:00 - 4:00 PM

Business Strategies for Artists

Business Strategies for Artists

Shey Rivera Ríos

Wednesdays, January 19 & 26, 2022 | 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

(NOTE: This is a TWO-part workshops experience. You are expected to attend both days.)

Artists often run their own creative business. And as the world changes, artists continue building alternative structures to sustain themselves. Let's talk about this and share experiences. This two-part workshop will present strategies for developing a more sustainable art practice and will also take a look at what opportunities exist for artists in today's economy. During the first session, we will share practice, compare experiences, and explore the possibilities together. The second session will be focused on turning the ideas from part one into strategies for gaining new income streams, sustaining your practice, and leveraging resources. Participants will be encouraged to share a practice or project they wish to workshop during the session. Shey Rivera Rios is an interdisciplinary artist, cultural strategist, and arts administrator whose artistic creations span a myriad of topics, from home to capitalism to queerness & magic.

Select workshop participants will have the opportunity to receive free 1:1 coaching with Shey. Details will be provided after the workshop.

Suitable for artists of all disciplines.

Register via zoom

Fostering Relationships w/ Galleries and Museums

Fostering Relationships w/ Galleries and Museums

Kristen Becker, Founder: KB Art Strategies

Tuesdays, February 1 & 8, 2022 | 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

NOTE: This is a TWO-part workshops experience. You are expected to attend both days.)

Gallery and museum relationships are in the midst of a big shift. Access to certain gallery and institutional opportunities seem at once more open and more siloed. In this workshop artists will learn how to seek out and build relationships with gallerists and curators, as well as best practices for communications and the expectations and etiquette of moving through curatorial consideration. Kristen Becker is the Founder of KB Art Strategies, a consultancy providing concrete support to a global network of artists, galleries, non-profits, and arts organizations looking to expand the visibility of their projects and connect with their community. 

This is a two-part workshop with sessions a week apart. Each session will be a lecture format with 30 minutes for Q&A at the end.

Part 1 (February 1): Relationship Cultivation: Begins with a discussion of gallerists and curators, what these individuals are like and what opportunities exist through these connections. In this session, participants will receive an overview on how these relationships tend to work, how to set realistic expectations, and how to prepare for studio visits.

Part 2 (February 8): Communication Strategies: Discusses how to write to gallerists and curators. This session will include an in-depth discussion of email outreach, organizing your website with curators and gallerists in mind, and digital marketing materials such as newsletter and social media.

Select workshop participants will have the opportunity to receive free 1:1 coaching with Kristen. Details will be provided after the workshop.

Best suited for visual artists seeking representation or exhibitions.

 

Register via zoom

Making a Plan in a Time of Uncertainty

Making a Plan in a Time of Uncertainty 

Thursdays, February 3 & 10, 2022 | 2:00 - 4:00 PM

 

(This is a TWO-part workshops experience. You are expected to attend both days.)



Assets for Artists' most popular offering! Over two webinar sessions, artists will learn the importance of—and develop the building blocks for—a strategic/business plan for their creative career. This highly interactive course is intended for those ready to hone the direction of their practice, better understand opportunities for investment, and emerge out of this crisis with an eye toward greater stability. Participants will receive personalized feedback from the instructor between sessions, and after each session, Laura will also be available for an additional 30 minutes of “office hours” for participants to stay on to digest and discuss the learnings. Laura Baring-Gould's practice includes award-winning installations, public artworks and small bronzes sold in galleries, juried shows and through private commissions.

 

 Register via zoom

Taxes for Artists

Taxes for Artists

Wednesday, February 16 | 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

 

For decades, Amy Smith has prepared taxes for artists, taught financial well-being workshops, and coached artists one on one. This webinar will cover the basics of taxes for artists, including separating personal and artistic finances, Schedule C filing, self-employment versus employment, and tracking deductions. This webinar will have a particular eye toward artists’ current financial challenges and the ways in which the CARES Act and other considerations will change taxes this year. Amy Smith is an educator, professional tax-preparer and the former Co-Director of Headlong Dance Theater, a Bessie-award winning Philadelphia-based dance theater company. 

Register via zoom

 

Questions?

For more information about The Business of Art, contact Program Associate Lindiana Semidei a lsemidei@greaterworcester.org

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