Free Workshop for Artists and Arts Organizations

Knowing how to fundraise, network and apply for grants is essential for any artist.

In an effort to make sure artists and arts organizations have the tools they need to thrive in these areas, the Empowerment Congress’ Arts and Culture Committee and the Los Angeles County Arts Commission will host a free “tune up” workshop at 10 a.m., Saturday, February 22 at the Vision Theatre in Leimert Park.  At the workshop, nonprofit leaders will discuss a variety of topics such as where to locate grants, how to approach funders and how to write grant proposals.

One of the attendees looking forward to the workshop is Marie Kellier of Los Angeles.

Not only is Kellier chair of the Empowerment Congress Arts and Culture Committee, she is also a writer, carnival artist and founder of the Los Angeles Carnival, the largest regional Caribbean outdoor festival and carnival road show in Southern California. 

“The arts and culture committee wants to create an environment where artists can find support, knowledge and information to make their practice more successful,” said Kellier.  “It’s not enough to have talent. Artists need to have the professional skill set and the resources to practice their art. It’s essential for artists to market their work and build their business.”

Anji Gaspar-Milanovic, professional development programs manager for the L.A. County Arts Commission, notes that the workshop will give a boost to  artists who already have skills and talent but who perhaps need help improving their ability to market their business and find funding for projects.

“This is a tool kit to enhance the work they are already doing,” said Gaspar-Milanovic. “There aren’t a lot of opportunities for funding from the county for individual artists.  The workshop is a great free resource for them to learn about other funding resources available to them.”

Artists and representatives of arts organizations in Los Angeles County interested in gaining insight on applying for a grant or marketing their business will have the opportunity to get their questions answered by representatives at leading visual and performing nonprofit organizations including the Center for Cultural Innovation, Arts for LA, the L.A. County Arts Commission and the Actors Fund.

“The arts tune up is at the core of our mission to provide information and resources for the community, artists, and arts organizations,” said Gaspar-Milanovic. “This workshop will show community organizations the ropes of how to be more successful artists and art organizations.”

The ultimate goal of the workshop is for artists to strengthen their careers, run a more efficient nonprofit and connect with other artists.

“We want to support the arts and culture community and help them grow, be financially viable and be self-sustaining,” Kellier said.

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