Professional Development Workshops slated for Artists Across NC

Raleigh, N.C. — A series of professional development workshops are slated in March and April across the state as part of the North Carolina Arts Council’s commitment to support the professional development of the creative workforce.

The N.C. Arts Council, in partnership with the New-York based Creative Capital Foundation and local arts organizations, will present the following day-long workshops:

  • Mallarmé Chamber Players presented Beyond the Practice Room, a workshop teaching practical business strategies for professional musicians. Sunday, March 3, Durham.
  • Culture Mill will present Sustainably Engaged, a workshop exploring tools, strategies, and links between funding your work, and inclusive and equitable social engagement. Saturday, March 9, Saxapahaw. Details.
  • Black Mountain College Museum + Arts Center will offer Strategic Planning + Communications for Artists Workshop. Friday, March 15, Asheville. Details.
  • North Carolina Writers' Network will offer a workshop for writers at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Saturday, March 30. Details.
  • Cucalorus Film Foundation is hosting Strategic Business Planning for Media Artists. April 6, Wilmington. Details.

The N.C. Arts Council has worked with Creative Capital for the past 15 years, offering high-quality training to artists in the state. This year we expanded the reach and accessibility of the program by partnering with local arts organizations across the state to present workshops for different genres, such as musicians, writers, and filmmakers.

“Supporting committed artists through professional development shows that we as a state place value on both creativity and the contributions these artists make to North Carolina,” said Jeff Pettus, Senior Program Director for Artists and Organizations.

Beverly McIver, an acclaimed contemporary visual artist in Durham, who received the Rome Prize Fellowship in 2017, was a recipient of a North Carolina Arts Council Artists Fellowship and is now on the instruction team for Creative Capital workshops.

“One of the great things that the North Carolina Arts Council does every year is invite Creative Capital, to teach North Carolina artists the business of being an artist,” she said in a 2017 interview.

“Because I am from North Carolina, I feel especially proud that I get to come back each year and stand in front of artists from all parts of North Carolina and say, ‘You can be successful. You can make money at this. This is how you organize your business as an artist so that you can be successful...whatever that means to you,’” McIver said.

“For some people, it means having a lovely studio space, [to] other people it means showing and exhibiting their work beyond North Carolina,” she said. “We talk to a lot of different artists, not just visual artists, but writers and musicians— the whole gamut. We teach them how to write a business plan, and how to be a professional artist.”

You can read and watch McIver’s complete interview here.

Registration for the remaining workshops are now available: 

Saturday, March 9, Culture Mill Details

Friday, March 15, Black Mountain College Museum + Arts Center Details.

Saturday, March 30, UNC-Greensboro. Details

Saturday, April 6, Cucalorus Film Foundation. Details


About the North Carolina Arts Council

The North Carolina Arts Council builds on our state’s long-standing love of the arts, leading the way to a more vibrant future. The Arts Council is an economic catalyst, fueling a thriving nonprofit creative sector that generates $2.12 billion in annual direct economic activity. The Arts Council also sustains diverse arts expression and traditions while investing in innovative approaches to art-making. The North Carolina Arts Council has proven to be a champion for youth by cultivating tomorrow’s creative citizens through arts education.

About Creative Capital

Creative Capital is a New York City-based, national non-profit which provides awards and advisory services to artists in 34 different disciplines, including visual art, performing arts, moving image and literature to help artist realize their visions and to build sustainable practices.