Trainings & Workshops

Our trainings and workshops are taught by a diverse group of professionals who are experts in their fields. Workshops are tailored to suit the needs of state and local arts agencies and their artist or arts management constituents.

Contact us for more information on fees, scheduling, and customizing our trainings to fit your needs.

Topics include:

Artist-In-Business Trainings 

Learn from individuals who have first-hand experience working as arts practitioners and arts managers. Our interactive training programs – designed for artists of all types - are continually revised and updated to help artists understand and stay ahead of the latest trends and resources in marketing, making a sale, creating and maintaining an effective online presence, budgeting, pricing one’s work, and much more. Read more

Public Art Process for Artists

This workshop focuses on the nuts and bolts of the public art process for artists of all mediums interested in applying for public art project grants, exploring what constitutes public art, where to find current opportunities and funding resources, and best practices in community engagement. The steps involved in the proposal development and submission process (RFQ and RFP) are demystified, including how to read a proposal, determine which questions need clarification, create proposal materials (including a budget), and determine the 'fit’ or alignment of one’s own artwork with the needs and desires of the submission guidelines. In addition, the workshop also covers what you need to do when you ‘win’ the public art project! Read more

Arts Management Fundamentals

We offer full and part day trainings for arts nonprofit organization staff and board members on topics including Cultural Equity, Fundraising, Board Development, Financial Management, Marketing, Grantwriting, Working with Sponsors, and more.

Creative Economy Program

This workshop offers a step-by-step framework for developing, implementing, and sustaining a successful creative economy program in your community. Based on original research conducted by AES, this workshop offers participants an overview of likely challenges as well as best practices in the field.  This program is easily enhanced with the Creative Economy Workbook. Read more.

Recent trainings include: Creative Economy and Advocacy for Artists, Creative Economy for Arts Organizations, Building the Creative Economy for City Planners.

Local Arts Agency Fundamentals

The National Endowment for the Arts supported a unique collaboration of the Arts Extension Service and Americans for the Arts to create and pilot two new Local Arts Agency trainings based on the stated needs of the field. Read more