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Our local art sphere is changing with these workshops.
People are talking about things differently and feeling more empowered.
The impact is deep.”

  -Visual artist, Baltimore

Hire Artists U to do workshops in your community. We are especially interested in supporting local artist leadership with tools like our Workbook and Working Groups. We have an approach and tools, but we are not the answer. Empowered local artists are the answer.

Building a Sustainable Life as an Artist

One and a half day intensive (often Friday 7:00-8:30 and Saturday 10:00-5:00)
This is the full introduction to the Artists U approach and toolkit. Topics and discussions include: Strategic Planning, Finances for Artists, Time Management, Open Forum resource and network sharing, Artist Statement, and Communicating About Your Work. Download the workshop information sheet here.

+ Working Groups

Artists leave with the Workbook and partners to continue meeting in Working Groups.

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Making Your Life as an Artist

Two hour talk and discussion
An introduction to the Artists U approach, based on Andrew Simonet's book Making Your Life as an Artist: the role of the artist, the challenges we face, and the tools we (already) have to overcome them. Focuses on strategic planning, and includes copies of the Artists U Workbook and Working Group curriculum.

Finances for Artists: Basics and Beyond

One day workshop
An overview of financial issues for artists, including: rates, valuing your time, taxes, debt, savings, and home ownership. We present tools and principles, and leave time for questions and conversation.

Grant Writing for Artists

Three hour workshop
Based on 20 years of grant writing and art making, Andrew Simonet introduces principles for writing simple, clear grants. We will read a set of short proposals as a pretend panel, scoring and discussing them. No bull, no fancy powerpoints, just real-world tools for artists who write (or want to write) grants.

Artists Raising Kids

Three  hour workshop/ conversation
Based on a national survey and in-depth interviews with artist parents, this workshop/conversation looks at the specific challenges facing artists who raise children, with a particular focus on time and money (but mostly time) and momentum/identity (how artists parents maintain their practice and stay connected).

Me and My We: Artists with Companies, Ensembles, and Collaborations

Three hour workshop
This workshop is for artists who work in collaboration or formal company structures. How do you balance the demands of your company and your own artistic practice? How do you distinguish your individual artistic identity and your collective identity? And what about those endless meetings? Real world examples and exercises excavate the magic and struggle of working together.

Testimonials from artists

“It is far too easy for individual artists to feel alone and ineffective. The thoughtfulness, compassion and support that the workshops condense and facilitate is quite amazing. I am deeply impressed with the integrity and earnestness of the content and presentation.”
    Visual artist
“I have been able to decide how to handle health insurance and tax issues that were weighing me down. I have been able to rewrite my artist statement (which was already pretty good) and to begin writing a book prospectus about artistic practice. While all of these had been on my mind for a while, it was the workshop that unleashed my determination.”
    Literary artist
"I cannot begin to tell you all how fortunate I feel to have participated in the intensive today. I have been working full-time as a self-supporting artist for ten years, yet there was not a single idea or observation that arose today that did not make an impact on me. I have also sat through many, many strategic planning meetings, charrettes, and professional development seminars in different fields, and this by far was the most fruitful, efficient, and enjoyable. This weekend will not only make a difference in my artistic and professional life, but also in the creative life of my beloved city."
    Dance artist
Being able to clearly identify myself and my purpose has made it much easier for me to create, to reach out to others confidently to build a support system for my creations, and to find an audience for my creations.”
    Poet and performer
"This intensive was exactly what I needed - concrete reminders that I use both sides of my brain; the guided direction to jump start my career goals that lay dormant; and defining motivation to move forward to accomplish those goals."
    Visual artist
"Artists U helped me refocus my goals while encouraging me to take them seriously amongst a community of other artists. It also helped me recognize that my schedule needed some restructuring so that I could achieve those goals with some balance and less stress."
"Artists U provides real concrete information for artists to take away with us to think, to create and structure our lives. It's affirming and validating. It's like the holy trinity of strong PD, useful information that can be applied in real time and validation based in facts.. Artists U shifted the way I saw my life as an artist significantly 3 years ago and I want more!"

Artists U has led workshops in partnership with

  ▴ Fringearts (Philadelphia)
  ▴ Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council
  ▴ Arts and Science Council (Charlotte)
  ▴ Springboard for the Arts (St. Paul)
  ▴ Repertory Dance Development Initiative/New England Foundation for the Arts
  ▴ Chicago Dancemakers Forum
  ▴ Cowles Center (Minneapolis)
  ▴ Baltimore American Indian Center
  ▴ Leeway Foundation
  ▴ Davinci Art Alliance
  ▴ Penn Center (St. Helena Island, SC)
  ▴ Greater Baltimore Cultural Alliance
  ▴ South Carolina Arts Commission
  ▴ Gibney Dance Center (NYC)
  ▴ Japanese American Cultural and Community Center (Los Angeles)
  ▴ Delaware Division of the Arts
  ▴ Robeson County Arts Council (Pembroke, NC)
  ▴ Germantown United CDC
 ▴ Cultural Alliance of York County (York, PA)
 ▴ University of Maryland
▴ Theatre Communications Group
 ▴ University of the Arts
 ▴ Moore College of Art
▴ University of Texas at Austin