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.

Making a Plan in a Time of Uncertainty

Making a Plan in a Time of Uncertainty 

Laura Baring-Gould

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.

 

Dates & Times TDB | Registratoin info coming soon!

Staying Authentic While Marketing Your Work

Staying Authentic While Marketing Your Work 

Daniel Callahan 

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 knowhow 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.

Dates & Times TDB | Registration info coming soon!

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.

Registration info coming soon!

Taxes for Artists

Taxes for Artists

 

Amy Smith

 

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. 

Dates & Times TDB | Registration info coming soon!

Decolonizing Your Creative Practice

Decolonizing Your Creative Practice

Matt Garza, Anthony Andrade, and Ben Freeman of The Glitter Goddess Collective

In this two-part virtual retreat, participants are invited to join the Glitter Goddess Collective + Haus of Glitter Performance Lab to unravel and heal from perfectionism, a symptom of white supremacy culture, both in our creative practice and in the ways we move through the world. Nurturing our mission to shift the energetic center of the universe towards collective liberation, this series is an invitation to slow down, listen and transform with us. Using the creative practices that ground our work, participants will explore perfectionism as it shows up in ideology, in institutions, in interpersonal relationships, and from within. Alternating between whole-group creative experiences and reflection in breakout affinity spaces for white allies & for BIPOC, this series seeks to rehearse what an equitable distribution of energy can look like in anti-racist work for artists, arts leadership, arts educators and arts activists. While there will be opportunities for blended discussion, BIPOC participants can trust that there will always be a BIPOC-only discussion group, led by a BIPOC facilitator, available for all discussions throughout this two-part workshop. 

Matt Garza, Anthony Andrade, and Ben Freeman are founding members of the Glitter Goddess Collective, a community of artists, educators, counselors/therapists, performers, and healers dedicated to using art, play, and processes of mindful creation as tools for equity and justice. Please be prepared (and dress accordingly) for a virtual yoga + meditation offering for the first hour of each session. 

Dates & Times TBD | Registration info coming soon!

 

Questions?

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

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