ArtBox Institute, a nine-month professional development program for artists.
Length of time you’ve been in business: We will welcome our first class in January 2014.
Why did you get into your industry? What is your goal/mission? Laura Kelly, the ArtBox project director, has interviewed artists, researched arts incubators, held forums, sent surveys, confabbed with community partners--all in an effort to see how Flagstaff Cultural Partners could better serve artists. What she came away with: Art is food and art is business. Artists have lamented that they wish they could learn how to be more successful as entrepreneurs. They've talked about how to acquire the business savvy necessary to sell their art. And so the ArtBox Institute has been created to answer that need. It's a nimble and valuable program that calls on all kinds of professionals both in Flag and in the region, to teach skills like public speaking, financial literacy, branding, visioning.
Your specialty – the reason people choose you: We’ll be different from other business courses in town because the ArtBox is geared toward artists. We'll have a class of 20 that will go through the ArtBox together and our courses are all skills based, which mean the participants will be put to the task of practicing what they are learning.
Your favorite part about doing business in Flagstaff: Flagstaff is a luscious city in so many ways: natural beauty, an educated population, a vibrant arts scene and a real tangible civic pride that laces through daily life.
Who is your favorite local non-profit or charitable organization? Why? Hmmm. Have to say Flagstaff Cultural Partners because of the work they do to foster and bolster the arts.
Do you have any special events coming up? What are they? Our special event will be welcoming our first class to the ArtBox in mid-January.
Are you hiring? We're recruiting participants. Our website has all the details: www.culturalpartners.org/artbox