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Workshop:
Taking Care of Business:
Career Planning 


March 6, 2010
8:45am-3:00pm
Schine Auditorium, Sacred Heart University, Fairfield, CT
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Registration is required; walk-in registrations will not be accepted
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Media: Press Release Here.

Registration has now closed. Please consider attending a future workshop; details can be found here.

 

    

For Questions regarding this Workshop, please contact Ms. Ryan Odinak, of the Cultural Alliance of Fairfield County at 203-256-2329 or Ryan@CulturalAllianceFC.org 

For Questions regarding registration, please contact the Greater Hartford Arts Council at 860-525-8629 or
Info@LetsGoArts.org


If you have a disability and need more information about the site and its accessibility or need to request accommodations, please contact the site coordinator.  Advance notice must be given in order to make appropriate accommodations.  Not all accommodations will be possible.  



 

March 6th- Workshop Descriptions, Presenters, Bios

Registration:  Schine Auditorium

Keynote Address:

Location: Schine Auditorium

Presenter: Karen Atkinson

Title: Big Picture Career Planning

Karen Atkinson will lend a national perspective to career planning by highlighting the many different avenues artists follow to develop their careers and define success for themselves. Using personal experiences and those of artists that she has helped educate and empower, she’ll present professional practice skills to assist artists in navigating the best possible career path and outline the fundamental components of a successful career in the arts.

Bio: Karen Atkinson is a media, installation and public artist, independent curator  and collaborator. She has exhibited and curated internationally and throughout the US including the Fifth Havana Biennial in Cuba. She was a co-founding director of Side Street Projects in 1991, a nonprofit artist-run organization in Los Angeles which is still thriving today. Atkinson has been a faculty member at CalArts since 1988.  She is a past president of the National Association of Artists’ Organizations and has served on many advisory boards of arts organizations. Among the courses and workshops she offers is one titled “Getting Your Sh*t Together” which includes companion software for visual artists.  She spearheads GYST Ink, an artist-run company providing information, technology and solutions created by artists for artists (www.gyst-ink.com)

Workshop #1

Location: Room 104 - Science and Health Professions Building

Title: Hybrid Careers: Blend your art-work with your work-work

Description: This seminar will expand your thinking about what your work might encompass. Learn how hybrid practice can help galvanize constructive social change and more. Hybrid artists can be found working in science, emerging technologies, healthcare and other “beyond-the-traditional” art-making roles as they put their creativity to use wherever they apply themselves.

Presenter: Karen Atkinson, artist and educator

Bio: See Above

  

Workshop #2

Location: Room 102 - Science and Health Professions Building

Title: NYFA Artist Source: Get connected to the resources you need.
Description:  Learn how to use the New York Foundation for the Arts’ (NYFA) Artist Source (nyfa.org/source) - the most extensive online national directory of awards, services, and publications for artists.  Discover how to optimize NYFA Source searches and gain helpful tips for applying for grants, residencies and other opportunities.

Presenter: Amber Hawk Swanson, Officer, NYFA Source / Instructor, MARK10

Bio:  
Amber Hawk Swanson is on staff at the New York Foundation for the Arts where she administers all aspects of NYFA Source, a comprehensive database of programs for artists working in all disciplines.  She is also an instructor for MARK 10, a professional development program for New York visual artists.  She is a practicing artist and lives and works in Brooklyn. She has exhibited widely, participated in numerous residencies and her work is included in private and public collections. She holds an MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and two BFAs from Iowa State University.

Workshop #3
Location: Room 103 - Science and Health Professions Building

Title: Create Your Own Future: Mastering the art of setting and achieving goals.

Description: Does this sound familiar? You move from task to task successfully but don't seem to make any forward movement. Change from being a task-oriented individual to a goal-setter with a purpose. This session will provide you with ways to formulate goals and achieve them, successfully deal with short-term goals, and prioritize your to-do's for meaningful results. Learn the importance of written goals, how to create SMART goals, and who to share them with and why. You’ll also work through a series of exercises to flex your goal-setting muscles.

Presenter: Jane Pollak, speaker, author and certified coach.

 

Bio: Jane Pollak is an internationally known professional speaker, author and certified coach specializing in entrepreneurial subjects such as transforming your passion into a business, marketing and goal setting. Pollak is the author of Soul Proprietor: 101 Lessons from a Lifestyle Entrepreneur, and has been featured in the New York Times and USA Today, and on NBC’s The Today Show, HGTV and CBS News. An industry partner and distinguished speaker for the American Society of Interior Designers, she has been recognized by the Small Business Administration, who named her the 2002 Home-Based Business Advocate for New England.  In 2009, she was the recipient of the New England Women Business Owners “Woman of Distinction” award.  More information can be found at http://www.janepollak.com/default.asp

 

Workshop # 4
Location: Room 105A - Science and Health Professions Building

Title: Thinking Outside the Studio: Using your unique skills to generate income.

Description: In this panel discussion learn how several artists have found ways to make a living using their unique skills in related careers. A life coach will guide a discussion among three artists who have found creative ways to continue making their art through such methods as licensing, storyboarding for corporations and bringing communities together through creative projects. Expand how you think about your unique creative skills and how exciting projects might help support your passion.

Presenters:

Moderator: Hal Tweedy, artist, certified coach and marketing professional Panelists:

Sarah Haskell, artist, educator and community builder

Karen Rossi, artist and entrepreneur

Allen Wittert, artist and corporate ideas illustrator

Bios:

Moderator:

Hal Tweedy is a Certified Professional Coach with over 35 years experience as a Creativity Coach, Business Coach, and a Life Coach. He has coached artists, individuals seeking a career change, and many small business owners.  He has lectured on a variety of topics ranging from “Finding Inspiration Within” to “Gonzo Marketing on a Budget.”  Tweedy ran a successful advertising/marketing/public relations agency for over 20 years (www.tweedyco.com). A member of the International Coach Federation, he is both a watercolor painter and sculptor, and is known for his organic style and inspirational, out-of-the-box thinking. More information can be found at www.dreambiggercoaching.com.

Panelists:

Sarah Haskell is an award winning artist/educator who has been weaving and teaching for over thirty years. Since graduation from Rhode Island School of Design, she has traveled as far away as Japan to learn about and teach weaving. Haskell balances her work as an arts educator with her career as a studio artist. She is on the faculty at the New Hampshire Institute of Art, Manchester, NH, and a member of the artist rosters of the Maine and New Hampshire Arts Commissions and Young Audiences of Massachusetts and Connecticut. She regularly exhibits her work in local and regional galleries and has created community arts projects in both schools and hospitals. More information can be found at www.sarahhaskell.com.

Karen Rossi of Rossi Studios is an artist/designer. She is highly regarded for her metal sculptures and whimsical characters known as Fanciful Flights™. After years of attending trade shows and marketing her original works, she licensed her artwork to several manufacturing companies, eventually signing a contract with Silvestri®. Within two years of the initial January 2000 release of 12 three-dimensional metal characters for that company, retail annual sales of her Fanciful Flights™ topped $30 million. Rossi is currently licensing her characters to a variety of firms who produce and market cards, dolls, stationery items, decorative products, garden statuary and accessories.  More information can be found at www.karenrossi.com.

Allen Wittert is a contemporary painter and illustrator. Born in Johannesburg, South Africa, he spent six years in London illustrating for a living before settling in Fairfield, CT in 2000. Wittert has been painting professionally for nine years and illustrating professionally since age fifteen. His clients include Kaplan Thaler, Grey Phillips, McCann Ericksson, Saatchi, and BBDO, and the London agencies Griffin BAcall, Ogilvy Mather and JWT. Current ongoing storyboard accounts include Aflac, Verizon, Wendy’s and Swiffer.  More information about Allen can be found at www.allenwittert.com and www.storyboardmaestro.com.

For Questions regarding this Workshop, please contact Ms. Ryan Odinak, of the Cultural Alliance of Fairfield County at 203-256-2329 or Ryan@CulturalAllianceFC.org 

For Questions regarding registration, please contact the Greater Hartford Arts Council at 860-525-8629 or
Info@LetsGoArts.org


If you have a disability and need more information about the site and its accessibility or need to request accommodations, please contact the site coordinator.  Advance notice must be given in order to make appropriate accommodations.  Not all accommodations will be possible.