In 2012, Creative Portland received a grant from the Quimby Family Foundation to launch a professional development series, in partnership with Maine College of Art and the Maine Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts, designed specifically for professional artists.
The series consists of 12 workshops held in the Maine College of Art’s Osher Hall on the second Wednesday of every month from 6 – 9 p.m. Selected from a survey of artists last summer, topics will range from grant-writing and social media to contract law and business start-up basics.
Check UPCOMING sessions to see what's up next.
Use the nagivation on the LEFT to view past sessions.
Presenters, panelist and contributors for this series have included:
Spencer Albee, Promoter, musician and leader of Spencer and the School Spirit Mafia
Mark Bessire, Director of Portland Museum of Art in Portland, Maine
Emily Brackett of Visible Logic in Portland, Maine
Kyle Bryant, Maine based artist printmaker
Darrell Bulmer, Communication Associate from the Maine Arts Commission in Augusta, Maine
Chelsea Callanan from Opticliff ESQ
Edwige Charlot, Program Associate at Creative Portland in Portland, Maine
Justin Coffin, MacPage in Augusta, ME
Amy Stacey Curtis, Maine based artist
Nancy Davidson, curator of Maine Jewish Museum in Portland, Maine
Robert Diamante, Maine based international photographer
Annette Elowitch from Baridoff Galleries in South Portland, Maine
Emily Friedman from the Portland Museum of Art in Portland, Maine
Tom Gangewer of Local Economy in Portland, Maine
Ariel Hagan from the Portland Museum of Art in Portland, Maine
Connie Hayes, Maine based artist
Tanja Hollander, Maine based photographer and creator of Are You Really My Friend
Joachim Homann, curator at the Bowdoin Museum of Art in Brunswick, Maine
JACK TAR team of Maine style blog JackTar207
Stacy Kim, founder of PERCH in Portland, Maine
Mark Marchesi, Maine based photographer and Instragam sensation.
Meagan Mattingly, Arts in Education Associate from the Maine Arts Commission
Patrick May, President of the Portland Music Foundation
Donna McNeil, former director Maine Arts Commission
Caren-Marie Michel, Maine based pastel artist and Treasurer of the Union of Visual Artists
Allie Munier of broke207 Blog
Shannon Rankin, Maine based artist
Virginia Rose, Rose Contemporary in Portland, Maine
Greta Rybus, Maine based photo journalist and founder of WhoIMetblog.com.
Sally Struever, Manager of PMA Store and Brand Administration at the Portland Museum of Art Store
Diane Toepfer of Ferdinand
Andres Versoza from Aucocisco Galleries in Portland, Maine
'Marketing Basics for Artists' : January - April 2013
During the Winter of 2013, the Professional Development series began a four- part mini series focused on marketing. Each session will focus on one aspect of marketing and highlight different strategies. From promotional materials such as business cards and postcards, web presence, email marketing to professional documentation, we hope to empower attendees to use effective marketing strategies and methods to heighten their professional creative practice.
'Business Basics for Artists' : September - October 2012
In September of 2012, the Professional Development intiative launched with the top two topics selected from a survey of artists in the Summer of 2012, "Grantwriting" and "Pricing Your Artwork". In December 2012, we held "Tax Essentials" just in time for tax season.
Creative Portland is a nonprofit organization founded in 2008 to grow and support the city’s creative economy. In July 2012, Creative Portland merged with the Portland Arts and Cultural Alliance to become the city’s official arts agency.
The mission of Maine College of Art (MECA) dates back to 1882 and is rooted in delivering a transformative learning experience that prepares students to thrive in the areas of artistic excellence, creative entrepreneurship, and civic engagement within an intimate and demanding educational environment.
Maine Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts offers pro bono and reduced fee services to professional artists in Maine.