You’ve all heard about – or lived through – the cold and snow and ice of Minnesota. It’s the land of endless winter popped by 3 months of summer that brings blowdown storms, tornadoes, giant mosquitoes, and biting black flies. It’s all true. But we also have, and I thank our Minnesota State Legislators (Legacy Amendment funds) for this, a supportive arts community through the Minnesota State Arts Board, Springboard for the Arts, and regional arts councils.
By the way, fellow Minnesotans, be sure to click the link to the Minnesota State Legislators. That will take you to the Legacy Funding Committee. Take time, please, to contact these legislators to tell them how arts funding is needed and thank them for their support.
Springboard for the Arts
I attended a series of 5 classes, offered by Springboard at no charge and presented in my local library, April through May. The title of the group of classes was “Work of Art. Business Skills for Artists.”
I had not planned to attend since I had been a freelance graphic designer for the better part of thirty years. I thought I knew… well, I didn’t. From a review of how to tailor the artist resume to legal considerations, pricing and time management, to funding options, I left with knowledge about how-to and artist resources, to build my retirement career into a solid retirement business.
I strongly urge you to visit the website and explore all it has to offer – even if you aren’t a Minnesotan. Download the 2017 class catalog pdf and dive into
Creative Exchange, practical, artist-created toolkits to spark change and stories to inspire connection.
As with most things, 90% of achievement is powered by our own efforts. Not everyone is equally equipped for the challenges our goals require. Get help from a friend – you’ve got one in Springboard for the Arts!
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