The ArtBox Institute: A New Opportunity with Flagstaff Cultural Partners

The following blog post was prepared by Margeaux Miller, Arts Learning intern at the Arizona Commission on the Arts. Margeaux will be entering her sophomore year at Barnard College of Columbia University. She is pursuing a double major in Biology and Dance. Originally from Yuma, Margeaux danced with Ballet Yuma and continues her studies of ballet in New York City. She enjoys reading and exploring the art scene in Arizona.

The ArtBox Institute is a new professional development program for artists and arts professionals. This program aims to help local artists grow and evolve their endeavors and find greater success through developing the marketplace skills and tools necessary for artists.

This program will feature a curriculum designed on the basis of acquiring practical skills, increasing confidence, and participation in community in mind. Led by instructors who are professionals in fundraising, marketing, financial planning, writing, photography, organization and business strategies, participants will taught and coached in mastering skills for success. Some topics that will be covered include: branding, verbal communication, web/social media use, funding, and strategic business planning. The ArtBox Initiative will also create a space for networking, collaboration, and peer review.

The ArtBox Initiative is being presented by Flagstaff Cultural Partners in collaboration with the City of Flagstaff, NACET, Coconino County Board of Supervisors, Coconino County Community Services, the Small Business Development Center of Coconino Community College, Northern Arizona University, and others.

This opportunity will extend over a nine-month period, beginning in January 2014 and culminating in September 2014. There will be two to three regular monthly meetings held in the central Flagstaff area and an overnight orientation retreat. Tuition for the course is $750. If you or someone you know is interested in applying, the application must be filled out online by October 15, 2013. For more information visit: http://culturalpartners.org/artbox/, and if you have further questions, contact Laura Kelley by email at lkelly@culturalpartners.org or at 928-779-2300.

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