A collection of PNCA faculty members and alumni were selected to attend a Creative Capital Professional Development workshop this last weekend hosted by Portland Institute for Contemporary Art (PICA). The participants included Hayley Barker, Wayne Bund MFA ‘10, Nan Curtis, Michael Lazarus, and Jane Schiffhauer MFA ‘10. These artists are fine examples of the PNCA community engaging in ongoing professional practice and growth.
PICA, in partnership with the Regional Arts & Culture Council (RACC) and the Oregon Arts Commission (OAC), hosted a three‐day intensive professional development workshop for 24 Oregon artists. The workshop was offered by Creative Capital, a national non‐profit organization that provides integrated financial and advisory support to artists. Through this intensive course, artists from all disciplines learned from Creative Capital consultants and prior artist grantees how to manage the business aspects of a creative career. Thanks to the generous support of RACC, OAC, and the Kresge Foundation, tuition was 85% subsidized.
In 2003, Creative Capital launched the Professional Development Program (PDP) to share with a broad community of artists some of the tools and strategies for improved self‐sufficiency that were initially developed for grantees. Since then, PDP has refined these methodologies and developed new ones, which it has shared with more than 3,700 artists in more than 50 communities around the country. PDP presents lessons on self‐management, strategic planning, fundraising, web strategies, verbal communication, and promotion.