National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Chairman Rocco Landesman announced today that Arts Council of New Orleans is one of 832 non-profit organizations nationwide to receive an NEA Art Works grant. Arts Council of New Orleans is recommended for a $20,000 grant to support the development of an e-course from the Art Business Programs successful Artist as Entrepreneur training session for artists.
The Artist as Entrepreneur e-course will provide virtual visual arts marketing, self-promotion, and career-planning course for visual artists. Proposed training sessions include developing marketing materials, promoting artwork online, small business basics, media training, working with galleries, goal-setting, and designing a career path. The online course will be provided in conjunction with the spring and fall in person Artist as Entrepreneur eight-week sessions provided by the Arts Council.
"I'm proud to announce these 832 grants to the American public including the Artist as Entrepreneur e-course," said Chairman Landesman. "These projects offer extraordinary examples of creativity in our country, including the creation of new work, innovative ways of engaging audiences, and exemplary education programs."
“The Artist as Entrepreneur program has successfully trained more than 300 local artists, giving graduates the confidence to establish full time careers as artists, to open galleries and develop partnerships with national brands,” Arts Council of New Orleans Interim President and CEO Mary Len Costa said. “An Artist as Entrepreneur series online will greatly expand our capacity to provide this nationally-recognized training program to artists interested in enhancing their arts careers through innovative and effective business practices.” More than 3,000 artists from across the world have already viewed Arts Council of New Orleans arts business webinars online and the Arts Council of New Orleans continues to receive requests from arts organizations across the Gulf South to provide similar artist entrepreneur training in their communities.