Springboard for the Arts offers Work of Art, a free workbook and video series, for individual study or use by artist groups, organizations, and schools, to help artists develop practical business skills.
“How am I going to make a creative living and also have a life?” This question can be daunting for artists at all stages in their careers, whether they’re just starting out fresh or have been creating for years. A new set of free online resources gives artists a framework for answering questions about career planning, pricing, record keeping, marketing, and more.
Developed by Springboard for the Arts, Work of Art: Business Skills for Artists is based on a professional development and entrepreneurship workshop that has been taught to more than 5,000 artists at arts organizations, colleges, and libraries in over 80 communities since 2010.
The Work of Art resources guide artists of all disciplines through every facet of building a successful and sustainable career. The toolkit includes a 12-part workbook with accompanying videos. The digital version of the toolkit is available for free via Creative Exchange; hard copies, as well as consultation on implementation, are also available. Springboard for the Arts is available to help further customize the program, and can provide consultation via phone or email or in person, depending on your needs.
The Work of Art toolkit is supported by the Emily Hall Tremaine Foundation Marketplace Empowerment for Artists.