Business Art Skill Share 2017-07-12T13:08:34+00:00

Business Art Skill Share Sessions

Business Art Skill Share is a series of arts related workshops, classes, and presentations focused on providing aspiring and low income artists with knowledge, skills, and opportunities. Established artists and art administrators will teach participants how to market their art, use social media for promotion, find funding, create portfolios, frame pieces, set up gallery exhibits, and more. The goal is to give participants the opportunity to take what they’ve learned and exhibit their work through our Creative Spaces Program after taking classes. (Click here for more information about Creative Spaces).


List of Upcoming Classes and Presentations

All sessions listed below are free and open to all community members!

August 17, local painter and Allied Arts of Whatcom County teaching artist Ben Mann is presenting in the Bellingham Public Library’s Central location at 2 pm. In his presentation, The Art of Adaptation, Ben Mann will discuss how he has made the arts into a career by balancing the act of paint, promotion, production, and repeat. Join him in an exciting hour where his personal insights and tricks of the trade are joyfully shared.

August 18, Artist Trust is offering a free community presentation at the Allied Arts Gallery at 4 pm. You’ll learn about funding opportunities, the ins and outs of applying for grants, and tips that will make your next application stand out. This workshop is appropriate for artists at all stages of their careers.

August 24, Allied Arts Education Program teaching artist Rachel Simpson will be teaching a class on art exhibit and installation set up. Participants will learn how to plan exhibits, market themselves, and set up an exhibit or installation in a gallery space. Rachel Simpson’s class will be held at the Allied Arts of Whatcom County’s Gallery at 10 am.

<strong>Rachel Simpson</strong>

September 25, Allied Arts teaching artist Ellen Clark will be at the Deming Library at 6:30 pm. Her workshop, The Best of You – Portfolio Review, is open to anyone interested in showcasing their best work for the purpose of obtaining freelance work, full time employment or moving to the next level in their present position in the field of art. Bring in your traditional portfolios on paper and placed into a case or/and E-portfolios on your laptop, tablet or phone. The purpose is to demonstrate your abilities and platforms for self-expression. In some industries, employers or admission offices request a career portfolio, so it is wise to have an updated one on hand. This portfolio review will be conducted by Ellen Clark, a professional educator, illustrator and freelance graphic artist.

Click here to sign up for upcoming Skill Share sessions.


More Ways to Get Connected!

If you are part of a local social organization that would like to arrange to have a private session for your patrons at your location, please click here.

Social Organization Sign Up

Artists and art administrators who are interested in being a part of Business Art Skill Share by teaching can click here to submit their class, workshop, and presentation ideas.

Artist and Art Admin Sign Up

Thank you for your interest in teaching and making a difference in the local arts community!


Business Art Skill Share is funded in part by: