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September 15, 2021
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM


$295.00 + fees (covers all 10 weeks)
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Arts Entrepreneurship Course Begins

Wednesday, September 15, 2021

Are you a mid-career crafts-person struggling to leave your day job or a new-to-the biz creative with dollar signs in your eyes? 

Join Triangle ArtWorks’ experienced instructors in an intensive business school-style experience aimed at you. From business structures to support systems, from credit cards to cash flow, this course will walk you through the process of creating a craft business that makes money. Each week you’ll work on activities and projects that lead you to a clear vision of your business and a business plan. You’ll leave the class with a binder full of worksheets, ideas, contacts and checklists and be energized to make your craft business succeed.

This course is based on the REAL Entrepreneurship courses program and is a hands-on, activity-based experience. If you've tried to understand business principles before and been bored or frustrated, this is for you. If you want tools to understand your own craft business better, this is for you. You will learn to become a better networker, how to set up a solid business structure, and about financial structures that can help you make better business decisions. Course topics will include cash flow, production, costs and pricing, inventory, local resources, sales & promotions and more. These arts-business-specific skills are not currently offered in most university fine craft and fine art programs, but are essential for artists to function as businesses.

All registrants will be invited to join a course-specific Facebook group where weekly live-video sessions will be available for participants to ask instructors questions outside of the meeting times. This group will be an integral part of the course so membership is encouraged.

  • Both beginners and more experienced artisans can benefit from this course.
  • Participants are strongly encouraged to attend all sessions.
  • This course will be held on Zoom. Course handouts will be delivered digitally.
  • This course meets on Wednesdays from 6:00-8:00 pm.
  • Additional course materials will be mailed to participant's addresses.
  • Instructors for the Autumn 2021 Session are Cynthia Deis and Tiffany Coley.

Cynthia Deis

Cynthia Deis, Triangle ArtWorks ArtSwell Education Director, is an artist and art educator with over 25 years of experience in designing and selling crafts and in running a retail crafts store and craft-focused pop-up markets around the Triangle.

Tiffany Coley

Tiffany Coley is a jeweler and silversmith with a background in business. She sells her work to galleries and stores around the US and works out of her studio in Durham, NC.