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BiB Alumni News for May 17, 2017
Information, opportunities, and resources 
for working artists
Thousands of artists and arts administrators participate in the Americans for the Arts Convention each June. Photo courtesy of Americans for the Arts.
Tap Into Creative Genius
Creating artwork, selling artwork, and building a network are important aspects of any artist's career. Shared experience and expertise can spark ideas and innovation, or sharpen skills. Professional development offers that.
Finding the right training experience can be challenging. Ask questions to narrow your choices:
  • What do you want to achieve? What do you want to learn? Determine your goals.
  • Are you interested in working with a college in a formal program? Are you comfortable taking a workshop at your local arts organization? Are you interested in vendor-specific training focusing on the type of work you create? Select the right institution.
  • Do you prefer in-person group work? Or is an online forum or webinar more your speed? Select a format that works for you.
Exercise due diligence. Before you enroll, ask questions of the organization hosting the training. Post on social media to ask friends if they have any experience with the workshop. Trainings are an investment, so choose wisely.
Many organizations offer both online and in-person workshops, convenings, and conferences. Here are a few to check out:
Alumni Spotlight: Carla Kimball 
Photographer and dance ensemble member Carla Kimball is pleased to announce the first performance of a dance theater piece inspired by her photography. Director and choreographer Marie Fourcaut created "Inanimate Objects: Do You Have a Soul?" after seeing Carla's photo exhibit at King Farm in Woodstock in 2016. This semi-improvisational dance theater piece will be performed on June 18 at 2 p.m. in the Black Family Visual Arts Center Atrium at Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire.

Learn more and watch a video about "Inanimate Objects: Do You Have a Soul?"
Featured Artist Opportunity 
The Rochester, New York Contemporary Art Center is soliciting proposals for site-specific, temporary public art that will enliven the East Avenue neighborhood. Proposals for incisive, surprising, and unique sculpture as well as installation art including media-based works are encouraged. Read full RFP here.
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Stay in touch with your fellow alumni, share information, ask questions, and trumpet successes.

Questions about the BiB Alumni Network, Vermont Arts Council, or our programs and services for artists? Contact Sarah Mutrux.
Artist and Community Programs Manager
Breaking into Business | Vermont Arts Council| 802.828.3291 |

Past Issues 2017

May 17, 2017  choosing professional development | featured artist is Carla Kimball | featured opportunity is call at Rochester Contemporary Art Center

April 19, 2017  resource organizations for artists | featured artist is John Demick | featured opportunity is RFQ for public art in South Burlington

March 22, 2017  advocating for the arts | featured artist is Sabrina Fadial | featured opportunity is SculptFest 2017

February 17, 2017  artist grants | grant seeker workshops | alumni gathering

January 25, 2017  new year, new grant opportunities | featured artist is Stephanie Gwen Kossmann | featured opportunity is call for submissions at Angora Gallery

Past Issues 2016

December 28, 2016  favorite stories from 2016 | survey on newsletter | how to be a featured artist | featured opportunity is Vermont Artists Week at Vermont Studio Center

December 14, 2016  encouraging artist friends | featured artist is Michael Arnowitt | featured opportunity is Governor's Institutes Winter Weekend

November 30, 2016  asking for help | featured artist is Dan Snow | featured opportunity is public art installation via City of Burlington

November 16, 2016  steps to success | featured artist is Susan Shannon | featured opportunities are arts fairs at ONE Arts and The Art House

November 2, 2016  artist rights and similar work | featured artists are Jen Berger, Alison Bergman, Eliot Burg, Tabbatha Henry, Antionette Jacobson, Justin Kenney, Monique Monette, Lydia Kern, Rodrigo Nava, Tuyen Nguyen, Sean Williams, and Dana Wigdor | featured opportunity is Vermont Performance Lab's SEED program

October 19, 2016  accounting best practices | featured artist is Elissa Campbell | take NEFA's Creative Workers Survey

October 5, 2016  crowdfunding success stories | featured artist is Lisa Kippen | featured opportunity is Breaking Into Business: Winning Public Art Commissions workshop

September 22, 2016  you as arts advocate | featured artist is Rosalind Daniels | featured opportunity is craft display purchase

September 7, 2016  workshop on public art | featured artist is Stephanie Gwen Kossman | featured opportunity is 6th Annual Armstrong National 2-D Exhibition

August 24, 2016  dos and don'ts of selling on Facebook | featured artist is Gillian McGarvey | featured opportunity is auditions for "A Christmas Carol"

August 10, 2016  to copyright or not? | featured artist is Jason Boyd | featured opportunity is call for interactive digital art installations at Tech Jam job fair

July 27, 2016  becoming an artist responder, workshop | featured artist is Kathy Fiske | featured opportunity is call for 47th Littleton Art Festival

July 13, 2016  immersion via artist residency | featured artist is Julia Shipley | featured opportunity is call to 30th annual "Materials: Hard + Soft"

June 29, 2016  paths to mastery | featured artist is Althea Bilodeau | featured opportunity is finding work spaces

June 15, 2016  grant writing know-how | Artist Development Grants to open | featured artist is Terry Carter | featured opportunity is invititation to Great Vermont Plein Air Paint Out

June 1, 2016  project management | featured artist is Dana Walrath | featured opportunity is webinar, "Winning Websites"

May 18, 2016  Fractured Atlas, an online arts service organization | featured artist is De Christie | featured opportunity is call for show at Studio Place Arts in Barre

May 4, 2016  a few business tips from masters | alumni quarterly meeting announced | featured artist is Kristen Watson | featured opportunity is call for submissions for UNBOUND at Artistree

April 20, 2016  crowdfunding ideas | featured artist is Jeanne Thurston | featured opportunity is grant from BCA

April 6, 2016  artist critique group forming | featured artist is Finnie Trimpi | featured opportunity is "Writing About Your Work" workshop

March 23, 2016  building an online store | featured artist is Mylissa Davis | featured opportunity is studio assistant at Cold Hollow Sculpture Park

March 9, 2016  more about Creation Grants | marketing on the cheap workshop | featured artist is Susan Larkin | featured opportunity is call by Arts Council of Southeast Missouri in Cape Girardeau, MO

February 24, 2016  liability and workers comp | featured artist is Jonathan Hart | featured opportunity is call for Langdon Street Alive in Montpelier

February 10, 2016  finding a business consultant | Artist Development Grants available | featured artist is Corrina Thurston | featured opportunity is call for entries by Mills Pond Gallery in St. James, NY

January 27, 2016  purpose of alumni network | featured artist is Su Shannon | featured opportunity is Vermont Week at Vermont Studio Center

January 13, 2016  join the Breaking Into Business network | alumni network meeting | new Breaking Into Business workshop announced | featured artist is Hannah Morris | featured opportunity is call from Monotype Guild of New England

Other Newsletters

Advocacy Updates  Sometimes an update, sometimes a call to action. Always information about the Council's position during the legislative session.

ArtMail  Published bi-weekly and full of news from the Vermont art scene.

Notes From Outside the Box  Keeping our sector informed about the progress and shaping of the Vermont Creative Network.