Workshops

We offer affordable workshops for individual arts and arts organizations and are pleased to promote other educational programs of interest to the arts community. Can't afford to pay? Please contact us to request a scholarship. Unless otherwise noted, workshops are held at the Regional Arts Commission, 6128 Delmar.

Business Edge

CAREER PLANNING FOR ARTISTS       
Monday, Oct. 20, 2014 (7:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.)
This hands-on workshop will help you examine your career, both professionally and artistically. You’ll learn how to chart a “career path” that incorporates specific strategies and how to put your plan into action. Instructors: Susan Bostwick, artist; Keith Tyrone Williams, dancer/choreographer; and Sue Greenberg, VLAA executive director

A BEGINNER’S GUIDE TO SELLING ON ETSY       
Monday, Oct. 27, 2014 (7:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.)
Learn how to sell your work on Etsy, the popular e-commerce site for handmade work. Our panel of Etsy artists — Kristen Cassidy, Daniel Fishback and Jeane Vogel — will share their tips. Then Margaret Wichmann, Danna McKitrick, will discuss legal issues that could threaten Etsy shop owners.

MARKETING BASICS & PROFESSIONAL PRESENTATION      
Monday, Nov. 3, 2014 (7:00 to 9:30 p.m.)
Find out how to market your art with the same intensity you use to create it. We’ll discuss promotional materials and digital tools. And we’ll help you identify your audience, set priorities and stop procrastinating. Instructors: Jen Meyer, Washington University; Carol Carter, artist; and Nick Acquisto, KDHX with Jason Potter and Morgan Nusbaum of Bruiser Queen.

IT’S ALL ABOUT ME!  
Monday, Nov. 10, 2014 (7:00 to 9:30 p.m.)
A clear and intelligent artist’s statement will demonstrate that you are thoughtful and deliberate. And being able to talk about what you do quickly and simply is one of the most powerful DYI marketing tools. Instructors: Stefanie Kirkland, Craft Alliance, and Aimee Muirnin Dunne, Navigating Networks.

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LLC Clinic

Saturday, Nov. 1 (11:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.)
Whether you’re thinking about forming a limited liability company or already have one, find out if this business structure really is for you. Attorney Brian Salmo, Polsinelli, will cover all the basics, including how to form and run a LLC, operating agreements, when you can be held personally liable and how LLCs are taxed. Then you’ll have an opportunity to spend 20 minutes talking one-on-one with a volunteer lawyer-accountant team. Consultations will be scheduled in person that morning and may not be available if you do not register in advance. And your tuition will cover our referral service fee, so you can be matched with an attorney or accountant, if needed, after the clinic.

$15 in advance; $20 at the door. Registration form

QuickBooks Pro Basics for Nonprofit Arts Organizations

This hands-on training for PC users with little or no accounting or QuickBooks experience will be scheduled soon.

Accidental Arts Administrator

Monday, December 8, 4:00-7:00 p.m.
Are you a choreographer who runs a dance company? Did you major in philosophy or art history? Are you someone with a 9-5 job who serves as the treasurer of an arts organization in your “spare” time? You’re an accidental arts administrator! This workshop, which is co-presented by the Arts and Education Council, Missouri Arts Council and Regional Arts Commission, will cover working with a board of directors, marketing, fund-raising and financial management. Participants receive a 100-page manual, and refreshments are served.

Monday, December 15, 4:00-6:00 p.m.
Strategic Planning Fundamentals
(bonus session)
Too many strategic plans sit on a shelf and gather dust. Based on “The Nonprofit Strategy Revolution: Real-Time Strategic Planning in a Rapid-Response World” by David La Piana, this interactive, jargon-free workshop will help you develop an approach to planning that answers your organization’s big questions and enables your staff and board members to think and act strategically.

Accidental Arts Administrator workshops are held in the Regional Arts Commission’s building, 6128 Delmar, across from the Pageant. Advance registration is $20 per organization plus $5 for each additional person from the same organization who attends. Registration at the door is $40 per person. Tuition covers both sessions. Sorry, no discounts for attending just one session.

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Business Edge
LLC Clinic
QuickBooks
Accidental Arts Administrator

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6128 Delmar
Free parking behind The Pageant.

"I found this workshop to be much like the others — excellent! I am a fan of VLAA and look forward to your workshops."
Madeline Long-Gill, artist

 

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