BRATTLEBORO -- The Arts Council of Windham County, in partnership with Brattleboro-West Arts and The Works Café, is presenting ArtsWorks! Windham County, a series of artist forums to help artists make better decisions about their arts businesses.
Believing that peer interaction is the most helpful for artists, these forums allow working artists to ask questions, share experiences or just listen to what others are thinking about.
Each fourth Thursday forum will have a few selected kick-off presenters to frame the question from different perspectives and provide some basic information. The facilitated discussion will then follow the interests and explore the resources of those present.
The Works Café is co-hosting these events from 7 to 9 p.m., and beverages will be provided. Attendees are encouraged to bring their favorite deserts to share with the group. The schedule will allow time for networking and visiting.
These forums are appropriate for all artists, craftsmen, and anyone interested in the topic. They are free for ACWC members, $10 for others.
Forum topics include:
* Feb. 27: Pricing our Work -- Artists and craftspeople are often unsure how to price the objects they produce and the services they provide. How do artists find a price that will find a buyer, honor the quality of our work and fit into a long-term business development strategy? Painter and printmaker William Hays, potter Matt Tell and gallery owner Elaine Beckwith will share their experience, philosophy and insights. The forum will continue with questions and peer discussion.
* March 27: Selling art from Windham County -- What works and does not work? And how to make it work.
* April 24: Breaking into Business -- Reports and learnings from the Vermont Arts Council’s training program;
* May 22: Working Together -- Joys and challenges of collaborations and groups. Best practices and tips for working together creatively
ACWC’s mission is "to strengthen the environment for artists and arts organizations in Windham County."