Building Capacity Workshops

Building Capacity - Breakout 1

9:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m. — Artists as Entrepreneurs: What You Need to Know to Run Your Arts Business

Workshop Description: Do you have a product or artwork you want to show or sell, but you are lacking some of the basic business tools to move forward? Maine’s top professionals will provide solid advice about these opportunities, whether it is your first step in or just needing a refresher course. They will cover topics such as product wholesale, approaching gallery representation, and how to build a sustainable arts career.

Lisa Mossel Vietze     Suzette McAvoy

Presenters: Lisa Mossel Vietze, Archipelago; Suzette McAvoy, Center for Maine Contemporary Art

Building Capacity - Breakout 2

11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. — Why Strategic Planning is More Important Today than Ever (and How!)

Workshop Description: Get down and dirty with national planning consultant Diane Mataraza on why planning is what you need and how to make it work. Diane has more than 30 years of experience in the trenches as an arts educator, non-profit arts administrator, federal arts funder, and foundation director helping arts and cultural organizations build strong, sustainable programs.

Presenters: Diane Mataraza, Mataraza Consulting

Building Capacity - Breakout 3

2:15 p.m.-3:15 p.m. — The Role of the Arts in Communities in Crisis

Workshop Description: Even rural Maine communities experience natural disasters and human-caused tragedies, including gentrification and political shifts, and artists and arts organizations are often the first to step forward to help communities recover, gather, and heal. Best practices and healthy examples are emerging from these efforts.

Jan Newcomb     Elizabeth Jabar

Presenters: Jan Newcomb, National Coalition for Arts' Preparedness and Emergency Response; Elizabeth Jabar, Maine College of Art; Andi Mathis, National Endowment for the Arts

Building Capacity - Breakout 4

3:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m. — Maker Spaces: New Business Models

Workshop Description: Is nonprofit status still the right route to go when developing maker spaces? Learn from directors of Maine makerspaces about their innovating business strategies to manage and sustain these new creative environments.

Kate Anker     Nathan Davis

Presenters: Kate Anker, Running with Scissors; Lynn Duryea, Sawyer Street Studios; Andrew White, MidCoLab; Nathan Davis, Steel House